President Trump is taking a page from President Reagan and bypassing the press to speak to his base (and hopefully the rest of the American people as well). President Trump is a very different person from President Reagan, being combative rather than genial, and also has access to suites of tools that President Reagan could only dream about.
The press corps is having a collective seizure seeing their "gatekeeper" role so effectively bypassed, and their hyperpartisanship, which was already openly on display when George W Bush was president and refined through the Obama Administration, simply makes them incapable of acting, but only reacting to President Trump. If they read "The Art of the Deal", they would realize how they are being played and how President Trump is using unpredictability to open new avenues and approaches to achieve his goals. (Of course, that also presupposes the press is self aware and capable of change).
Once again, here is Newt Gingrich explaining how President Trump beat the media, and providing a means of understanding who to look forward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIe95tyHQs4
I have to agree that he is indeed beating the media but I don't think he's merely bypassing them, he's confronting them and unfortunately he's delegitimizing free press as a result. But he's shown a few weak points.
The inability to understand the system.
- This why his executive order was rejected and he's back to drawing board
- I suspect his wall building project will meet the same sort of resistance from congress on both sides of the house as "who" exactly will pay for it comes up
His team. He needs to work on that.
- Spicer is becoming Bagdad bob. He's lost credibility and I predict will be gone sooner rather than later.
- Already a resignation/firing in scandal in under a month, and a few stepping down from the nomination process
His reaction to any criticism.
- As partisan as some people think the media is, he is giving them plenty to attack him on.
- Confusing rambling statements contradicted later by his people or himself. Contrast what he said about Israel one state solution versus what his ambassador to the US said at the UN about the two state solution as just one example. Or the fact that leaks are true but the news about them is fake
I for one want to give him a chance to see what he is going to do. I actually try an make an effort to sift through the noise and get some of the facts but I have to tell you that my impression is that his administration looks chaotic, disorganised and uncoordinated. But I'm in not even in the stadium to watch the show, I'm at the local bar down the street watching and discussing it. As a Canadian looking from the outside my opinion is limited to armchair discussion like this thread.
People mention biases and partisanship. If you truly think he's had a good first month, take a hard look at what lenses you are using. It hasn't been a good first month by any measure. Resignations, international flaps, scandals and a cornerstone executive order successfully appealed doesn't make for a good track record so far.
I doubt it is ALL bad, but the bad is indeed bad and the good is meh.
And for good measure I'll list the things that I find good so far.
-Keystone approved. Great for us IMO
-A clear answer on NAFTA and Canada. Again good for us.
-Council of women entrepreneurs. Got very little attention south of the border but still a good endeavour.
-James Mattis. probably his best appointment.
-Taking NATO to task on its spending of GDP