The New York Times is not heeding the admonition to "keep its mouth shut" from Steven Bannon, President Trump's strategic Svengali, judging by a pointed tweet sent Trump Saturday.

A brief volley of tweets falls short of open warfare but is far from the abject, humiliation drenched passivity that Bannon feels apt from The Times and other media.

It was all prompted by Trump's curious and seeming obsession with his preeminent hometown newspaper by Trump. He both bashes it and craves its imprimatur, it would appear.

First came a trio of Trump tweets belittling the paper:

Then came the paper's brief response:

Dean Baquet, the paper's executive editor, explained Saturday, "We have responded to the tweets before. We just want to make clear that our readership and subscriptions are at an all-time high and to say otherwise is just wrong. Independent journalism matters right now. Why not shout it from the rooftops?"

J. Freedom du Lac, an editor at The Washington Post, also responded to Trump's tweets Saturday.

Don't bet against Trump responding as his hold on facts is once again questioned. Even as president, he's revealed a thin skin when it comes to polling, TV ratings and, most famously, crowd estimates (on Inauguration Day).

And, now, The Times insists he doesn't know what he's talking about. At least on this easily verified matter, it won't keep its mouth shut.