So, 2017 appears to be ending with one more news cycle of “Did you see what crazy thing President Trump said?!” Except, this time, much of what Trump said is actually both very true and quite important.

Specifically, I’m referring to Trump’s analysis, during a bizarrely casual interview at his golf course, that the news media badly wants/needs him to be reelected because their very survival depends on it.

“I’m going to win another four years is because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes. Without me, The New York Times will indeed be not the failing New York Times, but the failed New York Times. So they basically have to let me win. And eventually, probably six months before the election, they’ll be loving me because they’re saying, ‘Please, please, don’t lose Donald Trump.’ O.K.”