Donald Trump’s Historic Gift to the Media
“Fear” by Bob Woodward on a Barnes & Noble shelf. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
by Mike Allen
Aboard Air Force One recently, an aide was showing President Trump detailed data, complete with graphics and fine print. Usually, the president prefers top lines and the big picture. This time, he was going deeper. The topic of the commander-in-chief’s attention: cable news ratings, with a focus on specific shows that are booming.
The big picture: Cable news is setting records, books are hot again, newspapers are racking up the digital subscriptions and an op-ed (!) is a hot gossip topic — all because of the national obsession with “The Trump Show.”