Gabriel Sherman Worries About the News Media After Trump Leaves Office


On AM Joy this morning, Joy Reid and her panel talked about the relationship between President Trump and the press, as well as the failings of the press to cover Trump’s presidency.

Reid said it doesn’t seem like the media is “as invested in the stories of non-Trumpists as it is in Trumpists.”

Ahushay Hossain agreed and said there’s something to be said for the diversity or lack thereof in most newsrooms.

She also noted how Trump has been creating “an alternative reality, and Fox News has been reinforcing that message.”

Gabriel Sherman put it this way:

“Without question, Donald Trump sort of sees himself as the executive producer of this giant TV show that he is starring in. And I think… the danger is that Trump, while he is the biggest story in America, is also great for ratings. And the risk is that the tweets and all of this sort of spectacle that he’s creating encourages newsrooms, especially TV news, to then cover it, and it’s this feedback cycle that just goes and goes and goes.”

This, of course, gives way to the question of what happens when Trump leaves office.

“For a news industry that has been facing economic headwinds,” he noted, “Donald Trump has been a rare bright spot for newsrooms. I mean, New York Times subscriptions are through the roof, Washington Post, other newsrooms, and TV ratings are through the roof. So I think this is one of the dangers of having a President obsessed with the media.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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