the better question - is the media alienating millions of Americans
I'm not a fan of Trump, but I do see over the top bias in their reporting of him.
IOW, nonsense may be here to stay.
However after 4 years of Trump, there may be an opening for candidate that runs on "telling the truth". Seriously.
"You've been promised the sky, and it's been all lies. I can't promise nirvana, but I will always be straight with you, and work my hardest for you. It's not as easy as you've been led to believe. Only by confronting our problems directly and honestly, will we prevail. It's time to dump the grandiose rhetoric, and roll-up our sleeves and get to an honest day's work. Will you work with me, America?"
Hey, you never know!
the media played pretend with both Bush and Obama - press conferences were highly scripted engagements in make believe. that has went on my entire adult life...until now.
Which he subsequently "cleaned up" to this.
But the whole "is he alienating the media" question is settled and frankly kind of irrelevant compared to the question of the purpose of such alienation down the road. Trump wants to be able to delegitimize the news so badly that when bad job reports, bad polls or the result of a crisis happens, he'll just dismiss them as fake. He's already done one of those things.
He wants to be the sole pipeline of reality so he can claim that everything under him is great even when all the numbers and statistics point to the opposite.
“It’s an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” Donald Trump
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776