In the Portland Press-Herald, Cynthia Dill looks back on Trump’s first 100 days and tries to find some learning. Here’s one less she drew; follow the link for the rest.
Fake news makes real money. When Trump speaks of the “failing” New York Times, he’s talking about a company that has seen “a net increase of approximately 132,000 paid subscriptions to our news products,” Times CEO Mark Thompson told CNBC, representing a dramatic rate of growth over the same period one year ago. Stock prices at public media companies like the Times have soared since Trump has become president. The S&P 500 media index gained 9.4 percent in the first quarter, led by high-profile Viacom, up 32.8 percent, 21st Century Fox, up 15.5 percent and Disney, up 8.8 percent. And left-leaning Rachel Maddow is beating Fox News in Nielson ratings.