This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron on CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday, October 8 decrying the "very hostile atmosphere" with the Trump administration.
But he also argued that that the media's relationship with the Obama administration wasn't "cozy" either.
"They've created a very hostile atmosphere. It's not that we had such a wonderful relationship with the previous administration. There's sometimes an assumption that the press had a warm, cozy relationship with the Obama administration. That wasn't the case.
"We had a lot of conflicts with the Obama administration. And you may recall that they had more leak investigations against -- involving the press than all previous administrations combined. So, there wasn't a warm relationship. But it' been, there's been a hostility, I think, fomented by the administration over the course of the campaign, and certainly during the course of the administration. That makes it difficult."
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: "So, per Baron, the Obama administration was hostile to journalists and the Trump team is too, but in his alternate universe the media didn't have a ‘warm relationship' with Obama. Yet, it's the Trump team's hostility to the press corps which has caused the media's antagonism toward Trump. That's some jujitsu."
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org