Donald Trump loves to pick a fight. In fact, he can't resist. In just the last two weeks, he's picked a fight with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meryl Streep, CNN and Rep. John Lewis. And now he's itching to pick a fight with the White House Press Corps.
This should come as no surprise. After all, waging war on the media was the centerpiece of his campaign. He banned the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and others from his campaign rallies. At every event, he pointed to the "dishonest" reporters in the crowd. He even singled out certain reporters by name -- forcing some news organizations to hire security guards for their journalists.
Any idea that Trump might pursue a more positive working relationship with the press disappeared at his first post-election news conference when Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Vice-President-elect Mike Pence and then Trump himself blasted CNN and Buzzfeed for their accounts of the supplemental intelligence briefing provided to Trump and President Obama by the CIA and FBI. Even reporting that the briefing took place, Trump charged, was "fake news," which, of course, it wasn't.