♣ 7-2-17 ∼ On Monday morning Kellyanne Conway, council to Donald Trump, griped that the media wastes time on the president’s tweets, time that might be better spent covering “finer policy points.” On Fox & Friends Conway claimed to have tested some one hundred sixty three tweets by Donald Trump back in June. She said further “three-quarters of them, at least, had to do with policy, bilateral meetings, legislation.” Nonetheless, like much that Conway espouses, both her gripe and supposed tweet test were spun and only served to cloud the issue. More, she’s just wrong to rate superfluous any media response to Donald Trump’s largely outlandish tweets.
Regular coverage of Donald Trump’s tweets is all-important since the encapsulations, the often improvisational rants and riffs, engender Trump’s bizarre behavior and personality. They’re an intricate map of his personal knowledge, his values and priorities, his loyalties and proclivities, his strengths and limitations, his political prowess and so-called tactical maneuvering, even the drastic bleed of his credibility worldwide.
They’re a blueprint of his state of mind, emotions and character, a mosaic of his psychological makeup, his neurological state, sensibility and temperament. The streaming, near-compulsive tweets of our newly elected leader, their iterative inaccuracy, rancor and vulgarity, their constant pettiness, cruelty and intolerance can only play a major role in any assimilation of Trump. They’re a source of news key to public perception and appraisal of America’s fledgling commander-in-chief, news vital to public assessment of the people in orbit around him.
Media coverage of Trump’s tweets a waste of time? If there’s any waste it’s Donald Trump’s alone. Indeed the disturbingly frequent, shameful, petty, puerile, crude, vicious, demeaning, toxic, slanderous, disproportionate, inaccurate, inappropriate, destructive, disruptive, counter-productive, self-revealing, self-discrediting, self-indicting, self-sabotaging and generally destabilizing nature of the world leader’s Twitter log cries out for close and constant scrutiny from the press which, as the Fourth Estate, advocates for the public by outing corrupt, dangerous and incompetent leadership. The president’s tweets are downright crucial to White House reporting as we lapse into the Trump era.
Of the sundry tweets, many shame not only the office of president but the president himself and the country at large. They do this both at home and across the globe. The tweets embody cold indictment of Trump’s preening vanity, bad judgment, impropriety and misplaced priorities. They lay bare the man’s obscene dishonesty, crudity, injustice and mean-spiritedness, ugly traits beneath the dignity and decorum of the US presidency.
In short, they’re indecent. Often they’re id-driven lashings out, gut responses, knee jerk reactions to perceived slights, makeshift diversions, wafer thin, last-minute smoke screens, distractions from negative attention well-earned. They’re frequently assembled without self-control or circumspection like the tantrums of a child, not the measured rejoinders of an adult, much less a president.
The same tweets now comprise bona fide records, make official files, megabytes, maybe even gigabytes of damning information in a presidential archive which ought to bode shameful for Trump yet weirdly, suspiciously, conspicuously, Donald Trump just doesn’t get it. He goes on tweeting in his crude and reckless way, in the same crass, vicious and slanderous tradition. This travesty is an indictment in itself.
What’s amiss that Trump doesn’t grasp common decency? It’s worry about this yawning void and other pressing questions touching the leader which regular and systematic study of Trump’s mounting tweets are sure to help address one day, not as grounds for a criminal case, for a mental or medical diagnosis but more in terms of a smoking gun, damning evidence, probable cause, good reason for inquiry into the man’s professional dealings, into his mental state and capacity, into his acumen for governing legally, sanely and effectively.
Maybe, as many suspect, Trump’s a sick man. Maybe not. Maybe the man’s colluded with Russia. Maybe not. Maybe Trump’s corrupt. Maybe he’ s just incompetent. Maybe the new head-of-state can govern effectively. Maybe not.
All these grave deliberations and more remain in play and there are those who believe, as I do, that a leader’s moral fiber, his voracity, his grace, his nobility, his reverence for democracy and for all the American people, his love for objective and universal truth, his appreciation of mainstream media’s search for the best obtainable truth, are fundamental to good and viable leadership.
There are those who hold, as I do, that rank moral turpitude exuding from Trump and leaching into a lot of the president’s tweets is enough to disqualify him from any public office. These Twitter bytes, many seeds of untold decadence, are inclined to speak volumes and alone inform the utmost importance of Donald Trump’s many, often indecent tweets in the news today.
–♦©M. D. Phillips–awincingglare.com