It's been obvious since he won the election, particularly, that Trump is an emotionally needy man-child who craves approval. But this story at Politico, which indicates that his inner circle fully understands this, and will then go out and feed stories to the Right wing bubble media so that they will turn up on their boss's cable TV viewing and make him happier, really indicates something that sounds truly unique and strange in modern democracy.
To be fair, the story does also confirm that he reads the New York Times daily (waiting, waiting, for the hint of approval, I guess); but it is also obvious that it simply upsets him and leads to his "fake news" attacks.
Speaking of fake news, as this Washington Post article noted last week, the key to the success of such attacks with his base is that they live in a Right wing media bubble, where Fox News is the key source of news for an extraordinary high number of them. The role of the Right wing internet "news" outlets is also no doubt important.
This is why Rupert Murdoch has been key to the dumbing down and intense polarisation of American (and to a significant extent, Australian) politics.