Aiding and Abetting How an Uncritical Media Helped Trump's Rise

Donald Trump abuses members of the media and wants to limit American press freedoms, even as he exploits them to field his own message. But his rise can also be traced to the failures of journalists, who remained disturbingly uncritical for far too long.
In his campaign, Donald Trump has successfully steered clear of the checks and balances presidential candidates are usually subjected to.

In his campaign, Donald Trump has successfully steered clear of the checks and balances presidential candidates are usually subjected to.

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Holger Stark is DER SPIEGEL'S Washington bureau chief.