The press loves him.
Reporters have to.
The administration will call their bosses and complain if reporters try anything dangerous, like telling the truth about him.
President Trump, on the other hand, took on all comers for a year. Yes, he openly feuded with reporters, but he held press conference after press conference -- and the media treated him like dirt.
He stopped doing that in July.
He realized he does not need reporters.
He has Twitter.
And boy are the reporters angry.
From Caitlin Huey-Burns:
Trump’s use of Twitter “is a proxy for not having a press conference,” says Nicco Mele, director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, based at Harvard University. “The media is the primary audience of most of his tweets,” she added. “It’s a vehicle where the media doesn’t get to question him but he gets to drive the coverage, in a sense. The tweeting is part of a broader effort to manage the press.”Don't flatter yourself, honey.
The media is not the primary audience.
17 million followers are.
When he gets the @POTUS handle, he will get another 12 million.
Yes that is right, The Donald has a bigger following than The Loser.
In an interview with “60 Minutes” days after winning the election, Trump said his Twitter use as president would be “more restrained.” Yet when asked about controversial tweets in a recent phone interview with the “Today” show, Trump asserted that he had already been “very restrained” in his Twitter use.
“I talk about important things,” he said. "Frankly, it's a modern form of communication. ... I get it out much faster than a press release. ... I get it out much more honestly than dealing with dishonest reporters because so many reporters are dishonest."
A Gallup poll in September found the public’s view of the media at a new low. Just 32 percent of Americans say they have a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of trust in the media.One reason only one in three people trust the media is the way the media trashed President Trump in the election.
Why use such a discredited format to talk to the American people?
From the article:
The transition team says Trump will hold a press conference to address how he will hand over his business next month, but has not revealed any details. The lack of press conferences “get to the fundamental question of accountability,” says the Shorenstein Center’s Nicco Mele. “What responsibilities does the president of the United States have to communicate with the public?”Oh but he is communicating with the public.
And that is what burns up the media. It can no longer control a Republican president with misleading sound-bites and misrepresentations.
The power of the press is no exception.
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