Trump and the “Nasty,” “Horrid” Women Reporters

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During Trump’s press briefings, “the viewing public has been able to observe what untold numbers of women have experienced directly for millennia: powerful men treating them differently than men as they try to do their jobs,” write Katz and Kilbourne. (White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Future historians will have a field day with Donald Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings. The televised spectacles, averaging 8.5 million viewers, reveal a great deal about the state of American culture in the third decade of the 21st century.  

Trump’s narcissistic obsessions on display—in the midst of a historic public health crisis—breathe new life into the central thesis of Neil Postman’s 1985 masterpiece, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business.  

The president makes clear that he views the purpose of the nightly news events less as an…

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