Magazine article Variety

Media's Role in the Culture Wars

Magazine article Variety

Media's Role in the Culture Wars

Article excerpt

To understand what Donald Trump's gravest concerns are these days, just read the man's tweets directed at The New York Times, "Saturday Night Live," and "Hamilton."

Yes, American culture hasn't exactly rolled out the welcome mat for the incoming president. After handling Obama with kid gloves, late-night TV hosts are breaking out brass knuckles for Trump. The countless celebrities who campaigned for Hillary Clinton are still publicly criticizing the president-elect's every move. And if Trump thought the press was out to get him before the election, his closed-door griping with top TV executives last month is evidence enough that he's bracing to get hit even harder over the next four years.

But now that Trump has made it abundantly clear how he feels about the media landscape, here's a more troubling question: What do the people who voted him in to office - specifically, middle America - think of the new cultural climate? Chances are they feel as negatively as Trump does.

There are troubling implications to consider if huge portions of the U.S. population feel disconnected from entertainment and news products. Perhaps, like the Clinton campaign, the media business is misreading the marketplace, and alienating a massive segment of an audience it should be actively courting. …

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