Reporters Are Addicts. Trump Is Their Drug.

This is an unhealthy co-dependent relationship where reporters need just one more fix of Trump.

Reporters are the addicts stealing money from their mom's purse for a hit of their drug. It is an exotic one called Trump. Yesterday, as the nation came together to honor President Bush, reporters were fixated on President Trump. They were fixated on his reactions during the funeral, the responses of others to him, and even how he took a limo to Blair House, oblivious to the fact Barack Obama had once done the same thing.

With reporters desperate for a fix of Trump, history is all new. Things long done are treated as new events. They obsess over Trump. Stories not about Trump are turned into Trump. The Trump angle must be explored and exploited.

There are tons of stories out there that are not about Trump that must be turned into stories about Trump. There are stories where Trump is only tangentially related that suddenly revolve around Trump. He lives rent free in the heads of the national press corps.

Yes, he is President of the United States. But not everything is about Trump. He only has to overshadow everything if the press makes him. They do just that. They do it for clicks. They do it for ratings. They do it because they exist in a sick co-dependent symbiotic relationship with the President and in the sick BDSM arrangement, Trump is the master. They are the slaves.

They need a twelve step program, but I fear the fix is too strong. And like meth addicts, even their faces are changing as they pick at their skin and more permanently scowl. This is unhealthy.

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America 1
America 1

Disgusting, demented, FAKE NEWS!!!

ForAllAmericans
ForAllAmericans

Gotta chase those clicks.

ConservativeChick
ConservativeChick

You cannot escape the irony of the fact that the media's addiction to Trump is what helped him get elected in 2016 and will again in 2020. I thought they didn't want him elected?

Ron Black
Ron Black

I only pay attention to the Trump stories that affect national security, our economy as a whole, our national sovereignty, or the rule of law in our country.

Just reporting on those things will fill a day of news every single day of the year.

I don't understand why these reporters need to find other irrelevant things to talk about. I seriously don't care about Kelly Anne's marriage travails--but her husband's tweets are absolutely relevant to the national discussion.

I don't care about anything Melania or Ivanka or Jarrod does. It's all completely irrelevant to any and all Americans.

And while a president saying blatantly racist things used to be news before 2016, it's not anymore. It's terrible, but it's not new. Same with Trump making some idiotic comment like that he's going to default on the national debt. Everybody knows he's not going to do that.

There will be a ton of extremely relevant news in the coming months about Trump as the country impeaches and removes a president from office for the first time in its history. That will be relevant to all Americans.

What Melania is wearing on her last ride on Marine One will not be.

TimCooper
TimCooper

The media is not used to a Republican having a spine and defending themselves. Trump forgot to read the play book. Trump in that respect drives them crazy. I think the drug analogy is a great one. They keep looking for the elusive gotcha to finally put Trump down for good, but they just never seem to find it. Its just like that one, mythical, elusive "perfect" high....

HTowner
HTowner

the media/press is part of a campaign of negative branding, one that runs 24/7; they are holding hands with the Democrat Party in this Marketing effort; it's one wherein they castigate, demonize, lampoon Trump and by association, the GOP and included in the Campaign is castigating and/or shaming anyone who dares agree w Trump's policies. It's insidious

Dave_Oedel
Dave_Oedel

Erick's point is made often, but it is among the most salient of points about both Trump and the media. Trump is a media-made man, and the media are in no position to complain about his media acumen and showmanship. O.W. Holmes, Jr. pointed out repeatedly on the U.S. Supreme Court that we are better off with a cacophony, a "marketplace" as he called it, of talk, print and ideas. Whether Holmes would have been a never-Trumper is an interesting question. I doubt that he would have been one, but Holmes was also a Brahmin elitist, so Holmes' posture on such fast-forward matters is hard to estimate. What we can say is that Trump and the media today are wedded at the hip.