In case anyone was distracted from the real story that we Americans have nothing but FAKE NEWS, the month-long attempt to get the FAKE NEWS to focus on infrastructure, workforce development, tech, and energy has now concluded. (True story: I did not even know that there was a tech week!)
And the media didn’t cover it, so maybe he has a point?
So much winning.
You see, instead of taking on real issues, Preznint Stupid is wasting away his time obsessing over himself; he’s operating on the Kardashian principle: I am the story, no matter what else is going on, it’s all about me, Me, ME!!! He’s the poster boy for the Me Generation, Al Franken’s clever SNL skit on the Boomers.
USA Today has a post up about his Twitter timeline:
Since his election, Trump has published more than 60 tweets disparaging “fake news” — according to a search of the trumptwitterarchive.com database — mostly targeting CNN but also including a range of other media outlets. But since November, Trump has posted fewer than a dozen tweets about the border wall that was the hallmark of his presidential campaign.
…He has posted only 11 tweets with the word “trade” and three more about NAFTA, the free trade agreement he railed against during the campaign. From March to October 2016, Trump tweeted 15 times about NAFTA.
…The CNN wrestling tweet quickly became one of Trump’s most retweeted posts ever: more than 183,000 retweets by Sunday afternoon and close to 300,000 likes. By contrast, his most retweeted post about veterans, calling on the House to pass a VA accountability bill, got only 25,000 retweets and 105,000 likes.
Meanwhile Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing the Axios morning email thingie has some similar starting numbers:
Axios’ Shane Savitsky counted every tweet on @realDonaldTrump during that month and found that of 121 tweets by Trump himself, three related to these policy topics. If you include tweets on his feed that are clearly by aides (include video, pics, hashtags, etc.), it’s 14 for 195.
A graphic on the front page of USA Today boils it down to “punches, not policy”: “fake news” 63 times since his election, “#fakenews” 10 times,” “Obamacare” 46 times, “healthcare 41 times.”
The WaPo has a similar story:
“Trump has spoken out repeatedly during his tenure about the shortcomings of Obamacare, which he brands a ‘disaster.’ But he has made relatively little effort to detail for the public why Republican replacement plans — which fare dismally in public opinion polls — would improve on the former president’s signature initiative. The lackluster sales job, combined with recent controversial tweets and public statements targeting the media, has diminished the focus on the president’s leading legislative priority at a key juncture in the Senate, allies and analysts say. ‘It’s a mystery,’ said Barry Bennett, a Republican operative who advised Trump’s campaign last year and remains close to the White House. ‘I don’t know what they’re doing.’”
And this is the trap that the media is once again falling into: he DOES NOT CARE ABOUT ISSUES, and neither does his fanatics. At some point there will be a calamity, a Katrina, or a terror attack that we will not be prepared to handle, and he will still be yakking about himself.
Media: please stop covering his Tweets, start covering their actions, you know, the actual record. We will conclude with advice blessed Saint Molly Ivins said many times:
Young political reporters are always told there are three ways to judge a politician. The first is to look at the record. The second is to look at the record. And third, look at the record.
UPDATE 1: Read the Comment from 9Thousand Feet. It’s important.