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Ramesh Ponnuru

The Liberal Media Is Beating Donald Trump

His press-bashing may rally his supporters. But it isn't helping him get bills passed.
At least he's enjoying it.

At least he's enjoying it.

Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A lot of Republicans love how President Donald Trump bashes the media. They think journalists at most major outlets are biased against them, and they think it’s about time that a Republican president hits back. He gets applause even when he seems to be attacking the First Amendment.

The premise that much of the press, from the New York Times and the Washington Post to NBC and CNN, displays a liberal bias is right. But in his nearly nine months as president, Trump hasn’t been very effective at reducing that bias or fighting its effects.