As a self-professed hand-wringing progressive, I say: not so quick on this one. There isn’t any doubt the media struggled mightily in 2016 with how you can cowl Trump, however 2020 is completely different, each in what the media has discovered and the distinction between protecting an incumbent and reporting on a challenger.The errors of 2016 have been properly lined. Donald Trump dominated the airwaves from his early morning telephone calls to “Morning Joe” on MSNBC to repeated preaching that he would Make America Nice Once more, to protection of his rallies on cable networks like CNN. In fact, there have been many troublesome, scandalous tales Trump needed to cope with, however by means of sheer aggression, showmanship and presumably a lift from Wikileaks and the Russians, he was at all times in a position to drive the marketing campaign narrative, get his message out — and win.The media’s failures in protecting his opponent, Hillary Clinton, are straightforward to dissect. Probably the most talked about and reported tales had been about her emails, which ultimately proved to be a giant nothing burger. It may have given a touch about her penchant for secrecy, but it surely by no means ought to have been a defining attribute of her marketing campaign.Much more irritating for Clinton’s marketing campaign was the dearth of protection for her issue-based bulletins. She had a plan for every thing even earlier than Elizabeth Warren had a plan for every thing. However these received little protection, brushed apart by the media in favor of specializing in her response to the most recent demagogic broadside from Trump.However issues have modified in a major method since 2016. Reporters, editors and anchors have discovered you’ll be able to’t take something Trump says at face value. The Washington Submit has catalogued greater than 22,000 lies and falsehoods since he took workplace. Daniel Dale of CNN has turn into considerably of a cult TV star for his rapid-fire truth checking of Trump rallies and press conferences. He leaves viewers questioning how he is aware of a lot. So, the vast majority of the protection of what Trump says is taken with a big grain of salt.Extra importantly, the President now has a virtually four-year document to each run on and defend. Put merely, the media can now concentrate on not simply what he is mentioned, however on what he is accomplished. And that has confirmed to be a nightmare for Trump. Take the headlines Friday morning on CNN’s “New Day.” The present led with Joe Biden criticizing Trump on coronavirus at Thursday evening’s CNN City Corridor after which reported on the President attacking FBI director Christopher Wray, overruling his scientists and permitting political operatives to jot down CDC tips, in accordance with inside paperwork obtained by the New York Occasions, and a report final week from the Washington Submit that the Trump administration killed a plan from the US Postal Service to mail 5 masks to each family within the nation. This form of top-of-the-broadcast lineup was unthinkable in 2016 the place a lot of the protection was centered on no matter cost Trump hurled at Clinton that day.The actual problem for Trump is that he now not controls the marketing campaign narrative. His broadsides towards Biden as a lawless socialist who desires the suburbs to be overrun by minorities are drowned out by his feeble protection of what his administration has truly accomplished. In 2016, fully overmatched on promoting spending by Clinton, he was in a position to drive the narrative with assaults on her and together with his frequent dwell appearances on each community and cable tv. He has had some success turning comparatively small cases of violence at in any other case peaceable protests into a significant wedge concern. However this time, given the information on the bottom, he actually is simply in a position to seem unchallenged on Fox Information reveals and the occasional interview with Rush Limbaugh or the far-right OANN. Trump’s personal lack of self-discipline is contributing enormously to his drawback. If he hadn’t publicly taken on the FBI director, there was an opportunity his anti-Biden message would have damaged by means of the mainstream media. However when any politician offers reporters a buffet of reports nuggets, they may at all times go for probably the most compelling, even when it is not an important.Going through one other shortfall in marketing campaign cash, Trump cannot rely upon the media to assist him drive the narrative. His personal document is defining the narrative and that is unhealthy information for him.So, to my progressive associates, it is not proper to say 2020 is similar as 2016. There are nonetheless occasions he will get away with political homicide, however these incidences are vastly outweighed by a vital, and honest, in my view, concentrate on his document as President. No query, there are nonetheless occasions I discover myself yelling on the TV: “That is a lie, any individual say that is a lie.” However solely Fox Information, which features as a state propaganda device, will enable him to pursue his technique of working as a challenger though he is the President. The remainder of the media is doing a reasonably good job of creating this about what’s necessary — what he does, not what he says.