Donald Trump said Thursday morning that he was “really proud” of his role reducing Americans’ trust in media to a historic low.
—Today’s story in Business Insider.
Uh, well yeah, obviously. But is this a case of Trump…
A) Actually influencing the public POV through his public statements?
B) Becoming an object lesson in media distortion?
C) Corroborating what everyone already knew about the rigged press?
Undoubtedly it’s more B and C than the vague persuasion described by A. But inevitably this story is being spun as a tale of Trump misleading the iggerant through his attacks on the press. That’s how it’s presented here at BI, and that’s how the clickbait website The Daily Beast positions it.