The Counterpuncher: Trump Always Fights Back

The Counterpuncher: Trump Always Fights Back
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Donald Trump is in the rare position of loathing the media and dominating them—simultaneously. What more could a president-elect want as he enters the White House? Not much.Reporters, columnists, talk radio blabbers, and even the elite media in Washington and New York think Trump is obligated to deal with them pretty much on their terms. Trump doesn't agree. The notion of catering to them has never crossed his mind. And probably never will.Instead we get wild events like Trump's first press conference since winning the presidency. It was on his home turf at Trump Tower. He was in charge. The reporters were an unruly mob. As they tried to attract Trump's attention, he coolly surveyed them before deciding who should ask him a question. He was dominant, the press pitiful.With Trump, rules have changed. CNN was oblivious to this. It had played up the dubious dossier story about Trump. Yet, after Trump denounced the story, CNN correspondent Jim Acosta thought he was entitled to ask a question. Trump refused. You are fake news, he said, looking at Acosta.

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