It’s not the same.

The White House plans to spend the 2020 campaign attacking individual journalists’ family members:

“It is the latest step in a long-running effort by Mr. Trump and his allies to undercut the influence of legitimate news reporting. Four people familiar with the operation described how it works, asserting that it has compiled dossiers of potentially embarrassing social media posts and other public statements by hundreds of people who work at some of the country’s most prominent news organizations.
The group has already released information about journalists at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times — three outlets that have aggressively investigated Mr. Trump — in response to reporting or commentary that the White House’s allies consider unfair to Mr. Trump and his team or harmful to his re-election prospects. “

The difference, of course, between journos and politicians are that one is elected based on promises and must hold the other in account. Journos, through the free market, are accountable to each other. Ad hominem attacks on writers is the latest in the long line of evidence that the Chosen One simply does not get it.

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