Yeah, not gonna happen. They keep telling themselves this. They keep scolding each other: “Stop obsessing about Trump’s tweets!” Five minutes later, they’re running breaking news
alerts with screaming graphics: “LATEST TRUMP TWEET!” And they’re off to
the Twitter races with 48 hours of ten-person panel discussions. They
just can’t help themselves.
Especially on CNN. Little Jim Acosta keeps losing his cookies about
Trump. He’s having meltdowns, going bat nuts. “Trump calls us ‘fake
news’! Is this America?” You know what this guy reminds me of? If
you have a pet cat, have you ever aimed one of those handheld laser
pointers at the floor, so the cat tries to catch it? If you point it at the
sofa, the cat scrambles up the sofa. Point it at the wall, and the cat
runs up the wall. The cat will chase it in a circle as long as you move
I think that’s what the Trump Administration is doing with the media. They’re like cats. He’s got his little laser tweeter he can deploy at
will — and it instantly causes them to make fools of themselves.
The entire nation is laughing at them as they crash into obstacles.
Trump is playing them like a Stradivarius. Or, a Twitter-varius.
The media is literally blowing gaskets at this. It’s hilarious.
Journalists have devolved into a circular firing squad. They’re
shooting themselves in the foot, setting themselves on fire. All with
righteous indignation at a man they despise and consider dumb as a
stump — who’s running intellectual and tactical rings around them.
Which is why The Washington Post ran a pathetic piece headlined:
“Barack Obama Is Better at Twitter than Donald Trump.” Uh-huh.
(The article made not a ripple; it didn’t even merit a single CNN
Trump is masterfully tweaking these people, playing them off
each other. He knows how to push their buttons. They’re sitting in
their production meetings thinking: “This is the day we’ll destroy
Trump!” “Here’s the tweet that will prove Trump is unfit!” And
every day Trump points the laser, tells them to jump, and immediately they ask, “How high?” There’s no doubt the Trump White House
absolutely owns CNN now. In fact, I am beginning to think Donald
Trump could actually mean the end of CNN.
The media runs poll after poll supposedly showing that everyone
in America hates Trump’s tweets. As CNN (naturally) reports: “Six in
10 Americans in a Quinnipiac University poll … said that Trump
should stop tweeting from his personal account … [M]ore
Republicans thought Trump should stop tweeting than thought
he should keep it up. In an NPR/PBS/Marist poll … just 1 in 5 people
said they found Trump’s tweeting to be ‘effective and informative’
while 69 percent said it was ‘reckless and distracting.’”
But if that were remotely true, the media wouldn’t be trying
so hard to stop him.
Meanwhile, the next time the President tweets, this
same media will go 24/7 wall to wall about it, and
couch to couch, chasing that beam of electrons
wherever Trump puts it.
“We need to stop. Stop reporting on every [Trump] tweet with the
volume of a declaration of war.” — Columbia Journalism Review, 7/5/17
“Journalists Need to Stop Taking Trump’s Bait.” — The Los Angeles Times, 7/7/17