From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
Regarding the media, I've long been on the fringes of the industry. For most of my professional life, I've worked with or closely to the media - as a magazine publisher, lawyer, teacher and speaker.
I've seen the media attack people with tunnel vision - turning relentless spotlights on them, criticizing them unendingly, questioning every move and motive.
The media is powerful and usually moves as a herd. Getting in its way is like facing a stampede - one of the most terrible things an individual (or business, for that matter) can endure. You undergo relentless public attacks with no way of defending yourself or fighting back. If the media portray you as negligent, evil, stupid, biased, ignorant or whatever, you simply have to endure it indefinitely.
It can ruin lives and careers. There are countless prominent examples like Richard Jewell, the Jon Bonet Ramsey family, Dan Quayle (The Murphy Brown episode), George Bush (lacks gravitas) and on and on. But there are countless everyday people whose lives have been disrupted or destroyed. They have no means of fighting back.
Most cannot survive a relentless media attack since there's no real way of fighting back. That's what makes Donald Trump such a unique force. He doesn't cower; he fights back, and effectively so. And that's a big reasons that many Red State Americans support him. Because they've come to loathe the press.