Donald Trump is having a spectacular run of face-plants. Here are the ones that actually matter.

His drawn-out conflict with the Khans is particularly revealing

A view into Trump's headquarters.
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There is no Donald Trump rally, and barely a Trump interview, in which he does not assert that he's being treated unfairly by the media. This may seem odd coming from a man who built his career on getting his face and name in the New York press, and whose presidential campaign has existed almost solely as a media entity, with little in the way of traditional campaign organization. In March, The New York Times pegged the value of all the news coverage Trump had received at $2 billion; a later study from Harvard University's Shorenstein Center found that not only did Trump get far more coverage than any other candidate through the primaries (obviously), but that the tone of his coverage was more positive than what Hillary Clinton got.

Trump's real complaint seems to be that when he opens his mouth, news organizations report what comes out, and he comes out looking bad. After all, when a presidential nominee gets into a week-long fight with the parents of a soldier who was killed in Iraq, it's hard to argue that it isn't news, or that it's the journalists' fault that it doesn't reflect well on Trump.

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