If some people in the media didn’t realize the new state of affairs before today, they certainly do now. Donald J. Trump is not going to be like our past presidents. Political norms and niceties simply do not matter to this man. He taunts reporters who ask him frivolous questions. He shouted down CNN lackey Jim Acosta and literally told him to be quiet, like you would a misbehaving child…after labeling the whole CNN operation as fake news.

I bet the idiots who pushed that term are really regretting it right about now, as it’s been one of the most effective bludgeons gifted to the right in years. In fact, I know they’re regretting it, since the Washington Post just said as much.

Trump cannot be shamed by them. He cannot be bullied by them. Actually, he’s going to be the one doing the bullying. It would almost be enough to make people like me feel sorry for them, if only they hadn’t spent the last 8 years acting as court stenographers for President Obama. And I don’t even hate Obama. Many of my friends, readers, and associates might, however I see some decency in the man. But the mainstream media has been anything but adversarial towards him and his administration. Now, they want to show their teeth at Trump.

And they expect it to work?

Maybe with a normal politician, it might have. But Trump is anything but normal.

Media types expected today to be a bloodbath for The Donald. They were talking about it all night on Twitter. You could tell how hyped they were for it. I knew that there would indeed be a bloodbath, but it wasn’t going to be the one the talking heads expected. Trump punked his adversaries out from pillar to post. He even felt so cocky that he wrapped up the presser with a quote from his reality show, The Apprentice.

“You’re fired.”

Indeed. We could just as easily say that about the media’s role in our domestic politics. They still have their huge megaphones and people do consume their material. The MSM is not going to go completely obsolete, despite the titling of my article here. The problem they face, though, is that many of us no longer just take them by their word…on anything. A site like mine, a small one in the grand scheme of things, now has a disproportionate impact. I can get on here and spin the news just like they do, give opinion just like they do. And that’s just little ol’ me. Think about the Breitbart’s and InfoWars’ of the world. There has been a paradigm shift. The media is on the wrong side of history, as they like to say. Audiences have fragmented and people don’t have to accept things like they used to.

It’s a whole new ballgame and some progressives, along with their partners in the press, don’t seem ready to accept it. This causes me to paraphrase an old quote from The Rock:  “It doesn’t matter what they think.” This is the new state of affairs.

They better adapt somehow, and fast.