Trump’s obsession with the media and what they’re reporting tells me a couple of things. First, he isn’t in favor of the idea of a free press unless it’s saying nice things about him and bashing everyone else, and second, there must be a shitload of dirt on him somewhere and he’s freaked out about it getting into the light of day. Given that he was able to get elected while having the Access Hollywood tape out there plus all of his on-stage antics — bashing the disabled, Gold Star parents, any woman who didn’t acknowledge his charms, and all the other flaws he waved under our noses — the true tales must be really something.
I’m not sure what kind of delusion he was under to get him to think that the press was going to fawn over him like a newborn infant, but since the only news he watches is Fox, it’s not surprising that he thinks all the other news outlets are out to get him. Any news story that doesn’t flatter him is fake, and Google must be biased because its search algorithms only pull up stories about him that have the most hits, not the most “likes.” That’s to be expected when your role models of leadership are Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un. So when you see that freedom of the press can also mean that facts matter more than propaganda and reality means that people will call you out when you blatantly lie and have the tapes and facts to prove it, the only remedy you have to resort to are threats and tantrums.
This latest rant tells me that something big is coming, and probably soon. Bob Woodward’s book “Fear: Trump in the White House” is due to be published in a couple of weeks and so far very little has leaked out, but the tidbits that have are enough to set people on edge and Trump on a rant. Whether or not they contain bombshells is unknown, but that combined with the news that he and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, tried to buy up all the dirt that the National Enquirer has on him indicates that what’s hidden would be bad news to the people who read supermarket tabloids the way stockbrokers read the Wall Street Journal: it’s their gospel.