During the closing months of the old year, as I saw article after article in the old media, especially The New York Times, attacking the new media, especially Facebook, I couldn’t help wondering if there were not a certain overconfidence behind their offensive. Perhaps some editor at the paper, mindful of the rise in online subscriptions to the Times and other avowedly anti-Trump organs and full of rosy, if still-uncertain, expectations of a damning report forthcoming from Robert Mueller, had persuaded the powers that be that their campaign against the president was all but won and that they could turn to a new enemy before having quite subdued the old one.

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