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Alexandra Erin @alexandraerin
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Very gratified that networks are at least not automatically granting Trump's airtime to talk about the shutdown. I hope they're bearing in mind that if they give in, that he's saying it on television will be taken as a sign that it's true.

"They wouldn't let him just lie."
For all that Americans don't trust the media, for all that Trump benefits by playing on that mistrust, he also has reaped huge benefits from the underlying feeling that if something ~*Official*~ happens, it must have been allowed by someone, and thus vetted in some way.
The media carrying his rallies during the campaign, even if they thought of them as a sideshow that made great television but obviously was ridiculous, gave an imprimatur of legitimacy to the things he said that they would have otherwise lacked.
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