The Washington Post’s Callum Borchers in a Thursday column suggests that the Trump administration’s media strategy prefers unbalanced coverage initially so that the administration later can bash the media for that unbalanced reporting.

Borchers contends that the strategy calls for the Trump administration to ignore requests from reporters for comments about stories that might be unfavorable to the White House. Then, after the story is published, the administration bashes the news media for being unfair by not getting the administration’s side.

In other words, Borchers suggests that the Trump administration prefers unfair coverage initially so that it can bash the press later.