Donald Trump Takes the Fourth

Dear Journalists,

The Trump era is beginning. Welcome to the war.

It’s a war for the continuation of your influence, your ability to unify a divided country, for the value of facts; and, I don’t think it’s overstating things to say it’s a war over whether your role as the fourth estate will survive the next four years.

The constant lies, strong-arming, and attacks on the media are so obvious and relentless, there’s no need to convince you that the battle has come. Winter is here.

Here are four ways to fight the war.

  1. You’ve got to be better and more focused than ever before. One of the clear tactics of the new boss is to flood the airwaves with so much content that nobody can focus on any one thing, and so many falsehoods that we don’t know what to believe. It’s a classic and effective tactic, now being deployed by a skilled adversary. Don’t play the game by his rules. Let those of us on social media worry about responding to every tweet and distraction. You need to focus on the big stories and maintain that focus. In short, you’re editors, so edit.

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