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Trump and the media: friends and foes

Lions and gazelles. Fish and pelicans. Donald Trump and the American media. Here are three things that despise each other, yet need each other to survive in their worlds.
The nation’s 45th president has a great influence on the flow of media coverage throughout the nation. He often helps through both his personal and presidential Twitter accounts.
In a visit to the CIA headquarters on Jan. 21, the President said, “As you know, I have a running war with the media.”
Since the 2016 election began and Trump announced his candidacy, the media has swarmed around the businessman-turned-president.
Post-inauguration day protests and executive orders have received great amounts of media coverage, making the first week of Trump’s presidency public to all.
Trump continues to express his beliefs openly through both his presidential and personal Twitter accounts. The Trump administration has used social media to keep the public involved and aware of what is happening in Washington.
The relationship between the press and the current president is presented as the  “War on Journalism,” a term used by the “Washington Post,” “New York Times” and other prominent news sources.
Last March, the New York Times said Trump was “far better than any other candidate at earning media” during the presidential race. The media attention has not yet left the new President of the United States.
Trump, on his first Saturday as president, expressed a desire to disregard dishonest media coverage, especially in reference to a Twitter post from the New York Times showing side-by-side frames of the inauguration crowd of 2017 vs. 2009.
Likewise, media outlets have found it hard to work with the Trump administration after Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, said the media “should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.”
“We are not the opposition,’’ said Stephen Engelberg, editor in chief of ProPublica. “We are part of an essential function in any democracy.”
The “war” between Trump and the media can be boiled down to Trump’s feelings of bias against him in the media and the media’s feelings of disdain. Unfortunate for both parties, they will all have to deal with each other for the next four years.
“We are here to tell the truth, and we intend to continue doing so, regardless of how badly some might want us to parrot ‘alternative facts,’” said Engelberg.