How to cover Trump’s tweets

Ignore them.

Of course, there’s a case to be made that what the President says in inherently newsworthy.  That said a lot of “the president X ….” doesn’t really apply to Trump in the same way.  Hard to ignore the President’s bellicose bluster with Iran, but I think there is a very good case for completely ignoring the president’s inane and 100% false popping off about other matters, like this:

Nobody’s been tougher on Russia!!  Riiight.  And we have Eastasia always been at war with .

Anyway, if you are going to cover it, I like the approach the Post seems to be taking of late:

Without evidence [emphasis mine], Trump claims Russia ‘will be pushing very hard for the Democrats’ in 2018 midterms”

Of course, that could almost be the default for covering Trump, “Without evidence, Trump claims…” or “In a series of falsehoods, Trump claims…” or “in direct contravention of reality, Trump claims…”  etc.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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