Media's hostility is curbing its ability to hold Trump to account
For the first couple of years of my time in Australia, the premier of Queensland was a fellow by the name of Joh Bjelke-Petersen, the head of the conservative National Party. He was a populist to his fingertips and quite like Donald Trump in many ways.
Sir Joh, as he became known, had a relationship with the press based on mutual loathing and detestation. He would go into a press conference and say to the journalists, "time to feed the chooks" (Australian slang for chickens). They hated all he stood for and he returned the favour.
He was a PR man's nightmare. He was unpolished, rustic rather than urbane, would lose his way in the middle of a sentence, didn't have good command of detail, and went out of his way to wind up both the left, and it seemed to his advisers, swing voters.