President Trump’s tweets take probably no more than 20 minutes of his day. Most of his day goes to meetings and phone calls leading to policy speeches and actions. For months, we’ve seen speeches and policy actions from him that the media didn’t cover much – if at all.
In the clip linked here, Rep. Scott Taylor (R – VA) tells it straight to a CNN anchordummy, Alisyn Camerota: He’s playing you, with this Twitter stuff. For your own good, you have to rebalance your coverage toward the news.
Visibly frustrated, she tries to stay on the attack with Taylor. But near the end, this exchange:
Taylor: You’ve got a lot of other things to cover.
Camerota: I agree. We would love to be able to move on. We would love to be able to talk about substance.
Perhaps she never heard of Free Will? She, or at least the producers and bosses who script her prompter, can talk about policy matters – any time they want.
It’s bizarre for them to play victim. “Oh, he put something challenging on Twitter again! Now we have to give it wall-to-wall coverage! We can’t just do 2 minutes and go on! And he eats all the ice creams!!1!!!”
I see Trump’s strategy now. It’s a brand-poisoning exercise. Trump is triggering the media to self-destroy their brand; to put themselves in the political fray, with their own pettiness and weakness on display.
UPDATE: Neil Cavuto calling it Fake News, that the media would flip out over Trump’s tweets as “advocating violence” – while having ignored the Left’s own, very real violence for a long time.
From the comments: Victor Davis Hanson. He orchestrates details like a maestro, reminding you of things you’d forgotten. (Obama trash-talking Sean Hannity, anyone?)