If you want to follow Trump’s tweets, we have twitter for that

An article in the Washington Post on-line links a bunch of Trump tweets from this morning criticizing Hillary’s speech last night.  He didn’t say anything new or newsworthy.  His criticisms were (not at all surprisingly) actually pretty small-minded and pathetic.  I mean, seriously, it’s of the “this is the best he can do?” variety.  Sad.  But what strikes me is that the front page of the Washington Post on-line is serving as a conduit for an entirely non-newsworthy tweetstorm.  This is not what our major journalistic organizations are for.  If you want Trump’s tweets, by all means, follow him on twitter.  It is not the job of the Post or any other organization to promote his typically inane tweets by pretending that they are a news story.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to If you want to follow Trump’s tweets, we have twitter for that

  1. R. Jenrette says:

    But – Trump’s tweets offer insights into the man’s character and views. Tweets are his primary method of direct communication to his supporters other than plenty of free media publicity. He doesn’t use surrogates or paid publicity all that much.
    I do get robocalls from him, maybe weekly bot don’t know how widespread that it.
    His tweets seem to be unfiltered so much can be learned about the man from them. They are intimate communications delivered directly into the ear of the listener. I wonder what Marshall McLuhan would say about tweets.

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