The Trump administration may have decided that a war of words with the media is beneficial, but news outlets and journalists that rose to the occasion have seen their profits and popularity skyrocket, reports Jonathan Easley of The Hill. CNN and MSNBC are two media groups whose ratings have done particularly well over Trump’s heated rise. The antagonist rhetoric benefits them too, and has seen them gain valuable young viewers. Individual journalists have been lauded for standing up to Trump and his administration by calling out its shortcomings. The media is willingly engaging President Trump, much to its benefit.
President Trump has taunted the media into a shouting match that he is leading wherever he so chooses, theorizes Piers Morgan in the Daily Mail. By antagonizing individual journalists and news outlets, he has enraged them enough to fight back in similar, emotional and ill-calculated fashion. He has successfully brought them down to his level and is beating them with experience. Left-wing support for headless stunts like Kathy Griffin's has alienated Trump’s voters and brought them closer to him. CNN’s recent sloppiness in publishing an erroneous story supports the claim of a partisan witch-hunt against Trump.