Fireworks mark the Trump-news media relationship

As Independence Day arrives, the fireworks continue between President Donald Trump and the news media, as Mr. Trump spent another day on Monday lobbing social media jabs at the press, delighting many of his supporters who see reporters as "the enemy of the American people," a description the President first used back in February.

"At some point the Fake News will be forced to discuss our great jobs numbers, strong economy, success with ISIS, the border & so much else!" Mr. Trump tweeted at one point on Monday.

In a speech in 1970, Vice President Spiro Agnew labeled the press, "nattering nabobs of negativism" - Republicans embraced that view during the Watergate scandal, and have kept it up as a political drumbeat ever since - and that's very true today.

Let's step back and see where we are on July 4, 2017:

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