Based on the news I have seen these last 2 years, the only thing keeping U.S. news sources going is Trump.
Really, subtract all the coverage of Donald Trump and his coterie and we have what? The major cable news channels would be reduced to human interest pieces, sports, and weather, oh, and North Korea. Sure, the occasional terrorist attack, another Catholic priest scandal, and futile battles in the Middle East crop up every so often, but the rest would have to be just plain entertainment.
This goes double for the tiny news sites like salon, BuzzFeed, and their ilk. Without political warfare, their nets, and their advertising coffers would be empty.
ESPN invented 24/7 sports programming. The franchise makes a fortune from 1% actual sports activity + 99% talking, analyzing, postulating about sports figures, drafts, management changes, wagering, keeping score, and all the endless, pointless falderol of mostly man-talk (often by beautiful women).
Cable news, ala CNN, Fox, MSNBC, have taken that model to new heights of expanded air time by making everything editorial opinion, building media stars and forums to pander to one political cohort or the other. The real feeding frenzy around everything Trump never seems to end. Shows how hatred sells and fear captivates.
Anyway, I hope the news media enjoys the ride, because some day, they won’t have DJT to flick around anymore.