“I felt a shudder down my spine yesterday watching Donald Trump’s fusilade against the press. This is not a moment to be trifled with. It wasn’t his first tirade and it won’t be his last,” wrote legendary newsman Dan Rather. Rather’s recent Facebook post on Trump’s tirade on the press this week perfectly sums up what’s at stake when you examine the public’s growing (and in some cases disillusioned) discontent with “the media” paired with a bullish political figure. The extent to which Trump has the ability to galvanize this base seems only to be bound by his temperament that particular day.
Now that Trump has sured up the Republican nomination and is drawing support from GOP party leaders it will be interesting to see what line he walks with the media. Will he continue to bash reporters and publishers for unfair coverage, will he cozy up to journalists as the road to the White House shortens, or will he continue to fluctuate? For that matter, what would a Trump presidency look like in relation to the media and access to public information? Would reporters be stonewalled after an unprecedented period of access to government data? The answers could could soon enough. There are only 158 days remaining until the country elects its next president.
(Read the Rather’s full post below)