A New York Times news article by Charlie Savage and Mitch Smith reports: "The Trump Justice Department's aggressive use of criminal charges to pursue officials suspected of making unauthorized disclosures to the public is a continuation of a practice that developed during the Bush administration and accelerated under the Obama administration."
Except for the failure to specify which Bush administration (okay, except also for the conflation of "the public" and "the press," but I'm really trying my best here to praise these guys, not complain about them), that is exemplary journalism. Many of the incentives — clicks and shares from left-wing Times readers, prominent play in print and online — are in favor of depicting most any Trump action or statement not as a "continuation," but as something unprecedented or abnormal. It makes those frequent depictions at least marginally more credible that the Times is sometimes willing to be straight with readers that something isn't a big change.
If that is the case, then what about the coordinated Boston Globe-led campaign of newspaper editorials complaining about the Trump administration's unprecedented war on the press? Maybe some of the "enemy of the people" rhetoric is new, but as far as the legal campaign, take it from the New York Times news columns itself, what we are seeing is a "continuation." I mean, before you know it, it'll be a "longstanding bipartisan consensus," and any president who tries to do anything different will face complaints about that.