Tweeting Tantrums

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Written by:  Krysta Ryan


President Trump Tweets..“Negative Polls are Fake News.”

President Donald Trump blames media again, in his Twitter tirade on “ Fake News.”

(NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

 

A CNN/ORC poll, released Friday reported 53 percent of Americans opposed the travel ban.  The controversial executive order restricting travel from seven countries,  where the majority of its citizens are Muslim. Quickly making the news, the detained travelers began to broadcast “live” the chaos unfolding at the international airports.



Mr Trump is known for using social media as a place to exercise his First Amendment rights. 󠁌The President also has repeatedly attacked the media accusing journalists of fabricating and reporting so-called “fake news”. President Trump responded Monday morning in a tweet saying,

 “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election.

However, he quickly overlooked an “alternative fact”, that the CNN’s poll still reported 47 percent of Americans in agreeance with the President’s, travel ban. This indicates a large majority of citizens in America are in favor of a continued vetting of immigrants. The presidential election left many analysts questioning where their data could have gone wrong  or what political signs they missed that gave Mr. Trump his unpredictable win.  

There is no doubt that technologies developed within the past decade have given citizens and the world increased power through knowledge. The consistency in which President Trump uses Twitter to communicate in real-time, by posting tweets, has left news outlets and media professionals scrambling to keep up with the most current and newsworthy tweet. His actions have been creating  heightened anxiety among global populations on the internet.  As well as creating an uneasy relationship between the press and the government.  The trumped-up-tensions between the media and President Trump has only begun.

Benjamin Moffitt, a research fellow in political science at Sweden’s University of Stockholm, wrote in 2016 a book titled The Global Rise of Populism, and explains that, “Media touches upon almost all aspects of modern life … [and] populism is particularly attuned to the contours of the contemporary mediatized landscape.”  

The new-media warfare has led some experts to wonder if populism will rise within the next four years under President Trump’s governance.  The President is aware of how easily persuaded our society has become from information generated by sources on the internet. Jim Rutenberg from the New York Times in a 2016 interview with President Trump openly acknowledges the power of social media saying  “I do a tweet on something, something not even significant, and they break into their news within seconds.”
In other words,  as a public official admitting he tweets “insignificant messages” could suggest he has some responsibility to the “fake news” epidemic. Whether the tweets were significant or not, the journalistic duties of the press and the media still remain to seek relevant, newsworthy truths and information of public concern.

Ultimately his tweeting tantrums –regardless of the content– will become the  news, because he is an elected public official


Trump;s active use of Twitter will set a precedent for future administrations, as he establishes the rules for presidential usage of social media.  Additionally, his role as the first American President to use digital communications via social networks should have been analyzed further.                                . IMG_9482.JPG

The President’s direct engagement on the internet will have a long-lasting effects worldviews of the  American people.  A free press must be protected as a fundamental American right.  The Trump Administration will need to develop strategies for handling social media and the technologies used throughout the digital world.


References:

McCutcheon, C. (2016, September 9). Populism and party politics. CQ researcher, 26, 721-744. Retrieved from http://library.cqpress.com/

Rutenberg, J.(2016). The Mutual Dependence of Donald Trump and the News Media, The New  

York Times, http://tinyurl.com/jg4wv9u

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