4. What Is the Worst-Case Scenario?

By Alan Huffman

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A member of the crowd holds up a copy of the U.S. Constitution at a campaign rally for Donald Trump in Rhode Island in April 2016.

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The word unprecedented is often used to describe Donald Trump’s antipathy toward the American media, as it is of many of his other approaches to governance.

Yet for veteran U.S. journalist Bill Minor, Trump’s rhetoric and the threat it poses to the media have a hauntingly familiar ring. Minor, who covered the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and 1960s for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, recalls a time when journalists ...

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