US Election: Understanding Media Addiction to Donald Trump
Nick Bryant from the BBC nails the horrific obsessive relationship between the press and Donald Trump; the only way Hillary could garner this much chatter and ink would be for her to go out and ax murder someone, and that would probably only work for a couple of spin cycles.
Co-dependency is commonly defined as “an emotional and behavioural condition that affects an individual’s ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship”.
The media didn’t create Donald Trump, the basis of the ever more fashionable “Frankenstein’s monster” critique of the press. But we have been more willing enablers than we would care to admit.Another term for it is “relationship addiction”. People form and persist with relationships “that are one-sided, emotionally destructive and/or abusive”.
Sitting in the atrium of Trump Tower on Tuesday, as Donald Trump harangued the press - well, you know where I’m going. For all the abuse, for all the belittlement, we as reporters show no sign of ending our relationship addiction with Donald Trump.
Much of our cravenness is easily explained. It stems from the record-breaking television ratings that Trump has generated and, just as important these days, millions of online hits.