When Trump Slams the Media, It’s an Act of Love

Saying “Cheese!”

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to slam the press:

Fascinating to watch people writing books and major articles about me and yet they know nothing about me & have zero access. #FAKE NEWS!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2017

It wasn't clear what provoked this latest of Trump's serial outbursts against the news media. But his display of indignation made me chuckle. The president, tugged incessantly by a host of wide-ranging insecurities, has always craved the spotlight and cultivated those who could place him in its glow.

When he launched his first big Manhattan project, the Grand Hyatt Hotel, in the late 1970s, he convinced New York's mayor and other political leaders to help him promote the project to the press.