Donald Trump says he wants the news media to stop being crooked, dishonest and - his favorite word - rigged.
What he really seems to want is for journalists to stop doing their jobs, which is to examine the backgrounds of candidates and hold them to the truth. As many reporters have toughened their questioning in recent weeks, and as his campaign has struggled under one self-inflicted disaster after other, the Republican nominee has squealed ever louder.
Based on every complaint Trump has made, he doesn't understand what journalism's role in our democracy is supposed to be. It is not, of course, shilling for Donald Trump - or any other candidate.
The attacks have an unmistakable whiff of desperation, and they are surely meant as a distraction and as a hearty helping of red meat to his political base.
Many of his objections, naturally, have been expressed in tweets - @realDonaldTrump's favorite form of direct-to-the-people communication.
Here are just three examples from the past few days: