The conventional Beltway wisdom seems to be that Trump is smart to “go to war with the media”. I guess that phrase means saying hurtful things during press conferences and having Spicey raise his voice (while making stars of people like Brian Stelter and Jake Tapper and David Farenthold by leaking and lying constantly).
I can think of two presidents in recent history who “went to war with the media”. One was
impeached almost impeached and forced to resign. The other waved a white flag when his approval ratings bottomed out, finished as one of the most unpopular presidents in history, and helped hand Democrats a 7+ points victory in the presidential race along with 60 seats in the Senate.
The harder they come, the harder they fall. Or maybe, the cheaper the hood, the gaudier the patter.