TRUMP’S ‘FIRESIDE TWEET’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Cer­tain jour­nal­ists, broad­cast­ers, pub­lic per­son­al­i­ties and po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tives take of­fense that Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump con­tin­ues to tweet with great vigor — in­clud­ing his char­ac­ter­is­tic can­dor from the 2016 cam­paign trail. His crit­ics sug­gest that some­how this is not pres­i­den­tial, or that nim­ble tweet­ing in ca­sual lan­guage com­pro­mises me­dia cov­er­age and triv­i­al­izes se­ri­ous is­sues.

Not ev­ery­one agrees with these gripes. The re­al­ity is that the mes­sages are in­stant, di­rect and pre­cise.

“Trump is FDR with the fireside tweet,” writes USA To­day colum­nist Glenn Har­lan Reynolds. “Pres­i­dent Clin­ton said, ‘I feel your pain.’ Pres­i­dent Franklin Roo­sevelt had ‘fireside chats.’ And now Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump is reach­ing out to for­got­ten Amer­i­cans with a mes­sage that he cares about their prob­lems, and wants to help. This could be the Democrats’ worst night­mare.”

Pen­sacola News Jour­nal colum­nist Troy Moon also praises the ef­fec­tive­ness of Mr. Trump’s fireside tweets.

“I guess send­ing out pol­icy tweets to your 16 mil­lion fol­low­ers at 5:55 in the morn­ing is kind of like FDR’s old fireside chats. Kind of. If we want clar­ity and suc­cinct­ness from our pres­i­dent, 140 char­ac­ters or less is pretty suc­cinct. No need for in­spi­ra­tional or­a­tory or wellde­vel­oped ex­po­si­tion,” Mr. Moon ob­serves.

“If the press would cover me ac­cu­rately & hon­or­ably, I would have far less rea­son to tweet. Sadly, I don’t know if that will ever hap­pen!” said Mr. Trump — nat­u­rally in a timely tweet.

“Par­ti­san­ship plays a role in which in­dus­try Amer­i­cans are most wary of. Repub­li­cans (53 per­cent) over­whelm­ingly pick the me­dia as the most un­eth­i­cal in­dus­try, and it’s the top choice of in­de­pen­dents as well (39 per­cent). For Democrats, the me­dia comes in third (22 per­cent), be­hind drug com­pa­nies (35 per­cent) and banks (29 per­cent).”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For a change, Don­ald Trump is get­ting some praise for his straight-talk­ing, brief “fireside tweets.”

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