The first step any pre-dictator does is to control the media. Control the media, control the message, control the people, gain unquestioned support. Worked for dictators of past, works well for the countries today that now have massive internet firewalls and filtering software that block content to its peasants. Except in the 1st Amendment US that wont work. What to do, what to do...? Discredit the news!!! Use direct media (twitter, government web sites, direct email, direct mail, etc) to blast the crowd saying these sources are the only true, correct, factual sources and that all other media is not only second hand, but also twisted to be misleading and even outright fake! Say something loud enough, often enough, long enough, by various channels and the followers will only believe that single source and even feed on it like milk from their mother. It is a modern twist on an old idea, but takes to new extreme. I doubt Trump thought it up ("Fake News") as a strategic political policy, but so far it has been effective with the core Trump supporter distrusting any media that it not from Trump, and believing the Trump Tweets as Gospel.