‘We Need to Stop Rising to His Bait’: Lamestream Media Can’t Decide How to Cover Trump’s Terrifying Tweets

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By Emily Zanotti | 2:13 pm, January 3, 2017

Mainstream journalists are beginning to circle the wagons, pledging to themselves— and to the public at large—that they will no longer give airtime to Donald Trump’s constant stream of social media proclamations.

They’re claiming that Trump’s Twitter missives are meant to foment fear in an agitated populace and increase his stranglehold on power he won’t even have until later this month. His North Korea “nuclear weapons” tweet yesterday, especially, they claimed, put America on the precipice of nuclear war.

David Brooks even sobbed for more than 800 words, accusing “Snapchat President” Trump of being shallow in policy, dangerous with an iPhone, and lacking in accountability.

But even amid the media’s handwringing over Trump’s tweets, the president-elect was frightening others with his social media prowess—and in ways that the mainstream media wholeheartedly approved of.

When a small group of House Republicans voted to cripple the Office of Congressional Ethics in a late-night, holiday meeting before Congress convened on January 3, media sources were clamoring for an outcry from House leadership.

Only to get the outcry from President-elect Donald Trump.

Suddenly, a certain panic set in again, and mainstream media sources and high-profile leftists began a sharp reversal on exactly how powerful Trump’s Twitter feed could be.

Except, of course, where the mainstream media was accusing Trump of playing power politics, wielding his intense command over Twitter to shame House Republicans in a daring—and worrying —display of populist control.

And that was just from developments in the early afternoon. The media was also conflicted on whether Trump’s Tweet to GM, warning them that importing the Mexican-made Chevy Cruz would result in hefty tariffs if they did not relocate their production to the U.S., forced Ford to announce it was keeping operations in Michigan instead of opening a new overseas plant.

Ford denies that they moved ahead with their domestic-based expansion plan because  Trump had threatened its competitors, and the media sprang quickly back into action to declare Trump an ineffective charlatan.

It must get awfully confusing.