Three media screw-ups in eight days on one investigation. The bad week for big news has President Trump feeling that he has moved the "fake news" argument from the fringe to the conservative mainstream, according to close Trump associates.
Based on past performance, look for POTUS to amp up his mocking.
Republican support for the special counsel could be a collateral casualty in the credibility wars:
Key Republicans even think the yearbook-inscription revelation by a Roy Moore accuser helped the party's disgraced Alabama Senate candidate seal the deal.
In a wild Twitter exchange last evening, Trump jumped on Washington Post political reporter Dave Weigel -- a favorite on journo-twitter -- for a sneering tweet about the crowd size at Friday night's Pensacola rally.
Be smart: This is a battle of epic proportions. We have a president waging a relentless war against all media, minus Fox News and pro-Trump organs. The vast majority of one of our two political parties agrees with him and increasingly sees media as an enemy of the state.
Trump's rhetoric on "fake news" is having direct and indirect effects around the world, and playing into the hands of those for whom distrust in the media is beneficial," Axios' Haley Britzky writes:
Read this sentence twice to understand this year and Trump: "Before taking office, Mr. Trump told top aides to think of each presidential day as an episode in a television show in which he vanquishes rivals."
It's been one helluva season for this Trump show:
P.S. The article has this footnote: "Glenn Thrush contributed to this article before he was suspended pending the result of an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior. Matt Apuzzo also contributed reporting."
"In flames, it all turns to ash: Wildfire, the great equalizer, is California's burden," by L.A. Times' Thomas Curwen, on A1:
As of Dec. 7, 369 women were running or planning to run for Congress in 2018, according to Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics, Axios' Haley Britzky writes:
An AP Fact Check (by Josh Boak, Christopher Rugaber and Cal Woodward) finds a few errors in President Trump's 85-minute rally remarks in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday night:
Sydney Wiseman, a brand manager at the Canadian company WowWee, which created the Fingerling, one of this year's hot toys for the holidays: "You know you can trust a toy company if its toys fart. It knows what kids want."
"GOP plan evolved into a windfall for the wealthy," the WashPost's Damian Paletta writes in the paper's lead story:
The year's hot sectors, from the Barron's cover story, "Outlook 2018: The Bull Market's Next Act":
Reliving 2017, in 30 images ... Terrorism kept Western Europe on edge all year. In London in March, police forensic officers worked in Parliament Square below a statue of Winston Churchill outside the Houses of Parliament, after a knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage.
Coming Friday ... "A small portion of the galaxy has finally [seen] Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the reaction is quite positive," per the Hollywood Reporter: