TRUMP’S ‘FIRESIDE TWEET’
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).”
For a change, Donald Trump is getting some praise for his straight-talking, brief “fireside tweets.”