That’s the thrust of a Howard Kurtz piece on FoxNews Monday morning. Then he asked
[D]oes Trump want both sides on a permanently hostile footing?
Kurtz needs to come out of his press bubble and poke around in the world some. The press has been hostile to anything non-Left for years. The press has been openly hostile and deliberately biased against President-Elect Donald Trump ever since Trump announced his candidacy.
Kurtz has even acknowledged the press’ war against Trump—and this is post-election.
Donald Trump, they say, should not be normalized.
There is, also, this bit of Kurtz’ own disingenuousity:
Trump has shown he has numerous ways to circumvent the media. He hasn’t held a news conference since July (after all those months of castigating Hillary Clinton for avoiding such encounters).
What’s the purpose of a news conference, though? During all that time since July, Hillary Clinton not only wasn’t talking to the press, she wasn’t talking to the American people, either, except through a very occasional rally or the debates. Trump, while not talking to the press, held innumerable rallies—with people numbering in the thousands attending—and was very active on social media. In all of this, Trump was talking directly to the citizens of the United States. Even in the frequent interviews he had with individual…journalists…he wasn’t so much talking to the interviewer as he was talking to the viewers of and listeners to the interviews; he was talking to us Americans.
Us voters have said in so many ballots that we no longer want, no longer need, no longer are interested in the press filtering (or censoring) our communications with those we’re considering representing us in government, and Trump has demonstrated that he doesn’t need the press to hold up his end of those communications. Of course Kurtz knows all of this.
Plainly, it’s not that Trump wants a war with the press. It’s that the press demands war with Trump.