Beat the press: Trump's contempt for media is calculated
NEW YORK - Donald Trump's favorite nickname for the news media is the "dishonest press." He swaps in "disgusting press" from time to time.
And sometimes, he puts it all together: "disgusting, dishonest human beings."
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has a whole menu of takedowns for individual reporters and news organizations. In recent weeks, he's used his microphone and his tweets to label them "third-rate," ''not nice," ''disgraceful," "phony," ''low-life," ''very unprofessional" and "bad people."
He's also been quick to yank or withhold credentials from news organizations whose coverage he doesn't like - most recently, The Washington Post.
Trump seems to be perpetually mad at the press - but there's a method to his mad-ness.
He sees little downside to bashing the media - and plenty of potential benefits.