It seemed contrived and forced, like a politically precocious, weasley teenager’s idea of how to command a crowd.

According to those who know Miller’s history, that’s not so far off the mark.

Overall, while there has been a large increase in the number of new news sites over the past 20 years, almost all of them have a partisan angle.

Speaking to the New York Times, a Trump team colleague described Miller as “fiercely loyal” to the president, “a true believer in every sense of the word.” Though he joined the campaign in its early days, penning many of the apocalyptic speeches that won fear-drunk Republican hearts and minds, Miller recently got a lot more visibility after a string of television appearances in defense of the Muslim ban.

At each stop, Miller showed a flair for the dramatic: he lied, he dodged, he put on his best tyrant’s voice and proclaimed the executive branch above the law.

Miller wears retro skinny suits, only recently ditched a chain-smoking habit and has the kind of cockiness that reads as unexamined, unsympathetic self-hatred.

His barked orders and put-on baritone are all part of the package, and can strike an observer as funny.

Dating back to junior high school, Miller has been the unwavering right-winger now before us.

Though the internet, and some of his family members, were quick to compare him to Joseph Goebbels, this reporter saw a resemblance to Roy Cohn—a Trump mentor—down to the sartorial details.

Many of these sites, in turn, were instrumental in spreading pro-Trump news during the 2016 elections.

The data also shows a similar rise in left-leaning news sites during the Bush Administration and the launch of the Iraq war in 2003.

The Bush burst: The launch of some left-leaning news sites during the Bush Administration captured audiences opposed to the administration's policies, primarily the Iraq War.