I think this conflict between the MSM and Trump is more substance than show. There is a real struggle by an otherwise unexercised media against an autocrat to draw a line in the sand. It's having the effect of eroding Trump's outlier base, leaving him a smaller core that delights in his trash-talking as a way to take their country back from the "liberal sissies."
The difficulty for the MSM of a "Melting pot" society is that they are not suppose to go too deep or get too specific lest they rock the boat too much out of the comfort zone called normal. But, neither are presidents. And, THIS zone is where the battle is being waged, if over "what is appropriate decorum" far more than substantively over the underlying issues. But, those deeper layers ARE being perceived, if fuzzily. And, it IS an ongoing and deepening conflict. And, Trump is incapable of desisting. So we may look forward to an expanded role of the mainstream media as less a compliant observer and a little more as an activist protecting the right of the media to voice it's dissent through the questions they ask leadership, expressing their doubt of official actions, and not letting go of the stories they pursue. Let's hope.
Here's two links to that media pushback today.
Great video at the end of this Daily Kos blogger post added on of conservative pundit Ana Navarro being the adult in the room on Trump today. Wolf Blitzer lets her draw the line. The post is about Trump White House spokesperson Huckabee doing her best to conflate media observation, disagreement, and ire as personal vicious attacks against the child in chief.
Hey, being president means having a bull's eye painted on you. More people than not are going to express their discontent over presidential practices and policies. Team Trump needs to get used to it already. But, autocratic personalities, which IS the whole of said team and supporters, both leaders and followers in their respective roles, get churlish when faced with dissent. That's the real story behind this renewed White House as victim meme...ahem..., and, oh, yeah, that Russian/Trump thing, too, getting awfully, awfully fully close. A 25% approval rating would mean a clear path to impeachment. Anything above 30% makes it unlikely, tho not impossible.
Mika's tweeter response. I bet Trump waited until her father was recently buried to take her on. In life, Zbignew would have had a few pointed, choice, ever so calmly delivered words.