Trump’s Twitter worries

Kellyanne “Stepford” Conway says Donald Trump will work on Celebrity Apprentice “in his spare time.”

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First of all, I think there will be so many messes once he’s sworn in, he won’t have S much spare time as he thinks. But it almost seems like he’s already committed

Second, personally, I don’t really care what he does in his off hours. (Dwight D. Eisenhower spent a lot of time on the golf course and not too many complained. Of course, people liked Ike.)

Maybe if he’s doing the CA thing, he won’t have as much time for tweeting.

As Michael D. Shear writes in “Trump as Cyberbully in Chief? Twitter Attack on Union Boss Draws Fire” in today’s NY Times:

David Axelrod, who was a senior adviser to President Obama, said he always advised the current occupant of the Oval Office to be mindful of the extra power that his words carried once they were amplified by the most powerful megaphone in the world.

“What you may think is a light tap is a howitzer,” Mr. Axelrod said. “When you have the man in the most powerful office, for whom there is no target too small, that is a chilling prospect. He has the ability to destroy people in 140 characters.”

Nicolle Wallace, a communications director for President George W. Bush and a top strategist to other Republicans added Trump

“…may end up having meetings with world leaders that do not go well, and be tempted to tweet his disapproval.

“It’s irrevocable what you put out in a tweet. It’s not like you can take it back,” Ms. Wallace said. But she added that she does not expect Mr. Trump to change his behavior once he is inaugurated.

“There can be a transformation when you get into the office, but it’s usually on policy, not behavior,” she said. “I’m not sure that the office will change his nature.”

Of course, Trump’s tweeting habits are well known and documented. His comments are legendary for being petty; the ones about Saturday Night Live are particular petty.

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Some observers believe he will stop doing this when he’s actually in office, but somehow I doubt it.

On the flip side of all the CA stuff is the obvious and “unprecedented conflict of interest.” which I was alerted to in an email from Media Matters for America:

Variety reported on December 8 that Donald Trump will remain as executive producer of The Celebrity Apprentice when the show returns in 2017.[1] This will mean that NBC will have a fiduciary relationship with the president of the United States, creating an unprecedented conflict of interest for the network.

Tell NBC: Dump Trump

Having Trump as an executive producer is intolerable.[2]

NBC is now financially invested in Trump’s reputation. The network will have an incentive to weigh aggressively reporting about Trump against what they may lose in revenue if Trump’s reputation is damaged. Further, imagine the choices they will face if NBC has a blockbuster story about Trump. This is not inconceivable.[3] Remember, NBC is the network that had the hot mic tape of Trump bragging about sexual assault — but it was The Washington Post, not NBC News, that broke the story.

There is simply no way that citizens can trust the reporting of NBC News, CNBC, and MSNBC. Executives have put hard working reporters at these outlets in a completely untenable spot: No amount of disclosure is sufficient when the network is financially invested in the president.

NBC has already demonstrated that we cannot rely on their assurances. Trump’s involvement flies in the face of previous statements from the network. In a June 2015 statement, NBC said they were ending their business relationship with Trump because his attacks on immigrants violated the network’s belief that “respect and dignity for all people are the cornerstones of our values.”[4] At the time, the network reported this, saying “Trump ceased his involvement with the reality show during his presidential bid.”[5]

Tell NBC To Dump Trump http://mm4a.org/dumptrump

The solution is simple: NBC needs to dump Trump. As long as they have a fiduciary relationship with Trump, this is going to be an insurmountable problem. We hope they recognize this and will take appropriate action on their own. But, we already know who the show’s sponsors are and are prepared to engage them if NBC doesn’t act.

I think it almost might be worth it to let Trump set that precedent if it means it takes time away from his tweeting obsession.

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