Tips For Dealing With Trump’s Tweets

Michael Tracey
Nov 29, 2016 · 3 min read

Trump uses Twitter to taunt, goad, mock, attack, and mislead people. He did this with great success all throughout the GOP primary campaign, and then through the general election.

Trump is aware that journalists spend an inordinate amount of time on Twitter, and that his tweets will be instantly picked up by all the typical news outlets; some low-grade, like CNN, but also the more “sophisticated” highly-esteemed journalists — everyone will frantically seize upon every crass Trump tweet, and use it to set the “tone” of their coverage for the day. It’s all so mind-numbingly predictable at this point.

Journalists who feel they are savvy love to make it seem as though they are aware of Trump’s manipulative tactics, but somehow they continue falling victim to them. Maybe they are not as clever as they’d like to believe. They strangely never learn the lessons of their bad Trump coverage, and they allow him to dictate how they perform their jobs, even now.

So here are some tips for dealing with Trump’s tweets, which should be obvious after a year and a half of this stuff, but apparently not. (Trump will undoubtedly continue toying with the media in this fashion for the foreseeable future.)

Trump has driven most of the media absolutely insane, so I don’t expect anything to change in this regard. The mass hysteria and delusion runs deep; Trump knows just how to capitalize on it. Asking the failed pundit/media class to actually modify their behavior is just a bridge too far.

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