Trump and the (Mis)Uses of Distraction


President Trump has decided to punish reporters whose coverage he dislikes. His sycophantic press secretary, Sean Spicer, has barred journalists from The New York Times, CNN and several other news organizations from attending Spicer’s daily briefing, a extremely unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps. It’s an outrage; even Dick Nixon, at his most venal,…