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Media in the Age of Trump

by Bill Hayes

The New York Times’ Room for Debate lets various knowledgeable contributors discuss news events and other timely issues. One recent debate covered: Media in the Age of Trump.

Donald J. Trump canceled campaign credentials for news organizations that wrote critically of him. He taunted one reporter so badly the Secret Service offered to escort her out of his furious rally. He said he would expand libel laws. His staff has called the media the “opposition party” and said they’d move journalists out of the White House. At his last news conference, his first in months, he refused to take questions from a reporter whose network ran an embarrassing story.

With a president so antagonistic to them, and disdainful of the truth, American journalism faces one of its greatest challenges. How should it respond? [more]