He wants to be able to do what the Russian president has done to news reporters. Because assassination is illegal and would be blatantly obvious, he is limited to doing it verbally. He does it with the intent of discrediting the social institution.
He does not want his vindictive, isolationist, unilateral works to be checked. While in undergraduate, I had a professor state that the media is the fourth branch of the government. He expressed that because of its power to shape public opinion and being able to hold elected officials accountable. My recommendation to the media is to double down. Your work extends beyond late night 140 character tweets and press conferences. You are defending the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Your obligation is the illuminate dark places and to speak truth to power.