This weekend incoming president Donald Trump told prominent British newspaper The Sunday Times that he, controversially, plans to keep his personal Twitter handle while in the Oval Office. The decision seems to be a combination of Trump’s inflated ego and his penchant for manipulating the media for personal gain.
First, Trump is unwilling to sacrifice any of his precious followers who might be too lazy to follow the presidential account, @POTUS. More importantly, he uses Twitter to get news outlets to report his dishonest rants without fact checking first. He told the Times:
[My Twitter handle] @realDonaldTrump I think, I’ll keep it . . . so I’ve got 46 million people right now — that’s a lot, that’s really a lot — but 46 million — including Facebook, Twitter and ya know, Instagram, so when you think that you’re 46 million there, I’d rather just let that build up and just keep it @realDonaldTrump, it’s working — and the tweeting, I thought I’d do less of it, but I’m covered so dishonestly by the press — so dishonestly — that I can put out Twitter — and it’s not 140 [characters], it’s now 280 — I can go bing bing bing . . . and they put it on and as soon as I tweet it out — this morning on television, Fox — ‘Donald Trump, we have breaking news’.
When the press publishes think pieces, editorials, and in depth news coverage of Trump they hold him to account for the absurd things he says. Trump is a serial liar, a master distorter of truth, a belligerent future statesman, and a thin-skinned bigot. It has become a media game chasing clicks and ratings to publish Trump’s tweets the instant they appear, spreading his hateful and ignorant rants into every home in America. The instant publication of Trump’s Twitter rants spreads his message without necessary fact checking and comment on the disgusting, divisive rhetoric that Trump employs. Trump has admitted that he is forcing the media to engage in his games, and the media needs to stop playing.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.