I sometimes wonder if Trump has gone as far as he has, politically, because of the Internet. If true, without the Internet we would have had another corrupt, lying politician as President.
I consider the Internet to be an ever-growing global brain. I also consider the Talking Heads/Chattering Classes to now be irrelevant, made insignificant by the rise of the Internet. And it's driving them crazy.
I have a degree in Journalism and for years was a reporter, then newspaper editor. Out of the five bosses I had, all were incompetent except one. The three newspapers I worked for are all out of business. Newspapers for the past several years have been dropping like flies. I predicted it. With that many incompetent people businesses cannot survive.
Every time I watch political news it's always about the End of Trump, how he's shot himself in the foot and then stuck it in his mouth. But they've been wrong about him from the beginning.
My experience with journalists, starting in college, is that most of them aren't very smart or knowledgeable. They always think they're right and those who disagree them aren't merely mistaken, but positively evil.
The Internet is the most direct of democracies. Everyone has an equal say. The "elite" doesn't like that at all. People are supposed to listen to their opinions and vote as they direct. All they can do now is point-and-sputter furiously. People are ignoring them and bypassing them and forming their own opinions.
The media is trying to portray Trump as an unstable clown with his finger on the nuclear trigger. This isn't the first time they've tried this. Reagan was supposedly a senile old fool with his finger on the same button and he was supposed to lose to the inept Carter in landslide. And before that, Barry Goldwater (there was a famous commercial at that time of a little girl playing with daisies and then boom! a mushroom cloud - that cloud courtesy of Goldwater).
The media is such a joke that if Trump was running as a democrat they'd claim he was America's savior. They thought Johnson was wonderful even though he really did turn out to be a warmonger and they hated Nixon so much (because he was a Republican) they did everything they could to destroy him (and finally did).
I live in the Real America. Flyover Land. The Midwest. I pay no attention to the Fake America - the East Coast mass media. They really think people listen to them and if they keep repeating Trump is hated by women and "Hispanics" (whatever they are) then people will desert him by the tens of millions. Which isn't going to happen.
I stopped watching the news decades ago. The only reason I watch today is to watch the hysterical and ineffective attacks on Trump. For me it's a form of entertainment, to watch them sputter and froth.
I can't remember the last time I read a paper version of a newspaper. I rarely read them on the Internet. Mostly I read the headlines and if it catches my attention I'll read the story.
The more the paper versions of newspapers go under the better it is for the country. And they did it to themselves, not that they know it. And it wouldn't have happened if they had bothered to tell the truth instead of nonsense.
I can't predict the future, but is sure looks are if they Internet is going to keep growing the printed lies are going to keep going under.
That's fine with me.