Monday, March 27, 2017

Conservative media struggles with new prominence under Trump

 
The Hill

Conservative media outlets have suffered through a tumultuous few weeks punctuated by infighting and public controversy, underscoring the difficulty some are having adjusting to the new levels of attention and scrutiny that comes with their elevated status in the age of Trump.

GOP majorities in Congress and President Trump’s presidency have been a boon for conservative media, which has benefitted from increased access to Washington’s power brokers and a White House that has gone out of its way to accommodate outlets that were once considered fringe.

But the transition from the edges of the media to its center can be difficult. Conservative media’s mainstream peers have greeted them with suspicion and hostility, often eager to highlight the newcomers’ stumbles or question their legitimacy.

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