Thursday, February 23, 2017

Praise And Shiny Objects

Via Politico, here’s how to keep Trump from blowing up the world with his thumbs.

The key to keeping Trump’s Twitter habit under control, according to six former campaign officials, is to ensure that his personal media consumption includes a steady stream of praise. And when no such praise was to be found, staff would turn to friendly outlets to drum some up — and make sure it made its way to Trump’s desk.

“If candidate Trump was upset about unfair coverage, it was productive to show him that he was getting fair coverage from outlets that were persuadable,” said former communications director Sam Nunberg. “The same media that our base digests and prefers is going to be the base for his support. I would assume the president would like to see positive and preferential treatment from those outlets and that would help the operation overall.”

Staff members had one advantage as they aimed to manage candidate Trump’s media diet: He rarely reads anything online, instead preferring print newspapers — especially his go-to, The New York Times — and reading material his staff brought to his desk. Indeed, his media consumption habits were on full display during his roller-coaster news conference this past Thursday, when he continually remarked on what the media would write “tomorrow,” even as print outlets’ websites already had posted stories about his remarks.

The White House did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Kind of reminds me of this:

2 barks and woofs on “Praise And Shiny Objects

  1. Parents do that to protect children from television that is too mature for them. They can also block certain websites, all in the interest of keeping grown up information that might scar the psyches of the little ones. Is this maneuvering around Dear President weird or what?

  2. Really, if he’s so much this way, is he really fit to be pres.? Rhetorical question.

    Well, I thought you folks would enjoy this (sometimes ya gotta laugh to fight crying) and not sure where to post, I guess this thread might be semi-ok.

    Decades tv channel (don’t know if any of you get and/or watch it) among other things reruns episodes of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. I caught a few moments of an episode on Thurs. night. Martha Mitchell was a guest and I couldn’t help but smile at this exchange between her and Lily Tomlin’s operator Ernestine. Maybe not an exact transcription but close as I can remember…

    Martha: I enjoy the funny papers.
    Ernestine: Funny papers? Which ones are your favorites?
    Martha: The New York Times and The Washington Post.


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