Just like Mr. Trump, Agnew had little patience for the niceties of the establishment and the "political correctness" of identity politics. He especially struck a chord by mocking and attacking the media. Much to his supporters' delight, Agnew defended Nixon from what he described as a "small band of network commentators and self-appointed analysts" who had already voiced "their hostility" to the president. To match Mr. Trump's complaints of his media coverage as "sad" and "unfair," Agnew drew his followers' attention to the "little group of men who not only enjoy a right of instant rebuttal," they also "wield a free hand in selecting, presenting, and interpreting the great issues of our nation." And it endeared him to his base supporters. On the campaign trail, he called a Japanese-American reporter from The Sun a "fat Jap," referred to Poles as "Polacks" and explained, "If you've seen one slum, you've seen them all."