This morning The Hill Reported on a tweet put out today by President Trump. In the tweet, Trump called out two Washington Post reporters by their twitter handles, @PhilipRucker and @AshleyRParker. He refers to Rucker as ‘Mr. Off the Record’ and calls them ‘two nasty lightweight reporters’. He then goes on to suggest they be barred from the White House because ‘their reporting is so DISGUSTING & FAKE’. The full tweet reads:
“The Washington Post’s @PhilipRucker (Mr. Off the Record) & @AshleyRParker, two nasty lightweight reporters, shouldn’t even be allowed on the grounds of the White House because their reporting is so DISGUSTING & FAKE. Also, add the appointment of MANY Federal Judges this Summer!”
SEE TWEET FROM @realDonaldTrump BELOW:
The Washington Post’s @PhilipRucker (Mr. Off the Record) & @AshleyRParker, two nasty lightweight reporters, shouldn’t even be allowed on the grounds of the White House because their reporting is so DISGUSTING & FAKE. Also, add the appointment of MANY Federal Judges this Summer! https://t.co/7d33tzKxXq— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2019
The Hill article that can be read here reports in part:
Trump’s tweets came a day after two top White House officials penned an op-ed in The Washington Examiner criticizing The Post for a Sept. 1 article describing “what some Trump advisers and allies characterize as a lost summer defined by self-inflicted controversies and squandered opportunities.”
Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley, the White House press secretary and deputy press secretary, respectively, wrote that The Post refused to cite the majority of Trump’s accomplishments from a list of 26 that was provided.
The White House officials accused Rucker and Parker of having “pushed their own personal political narrative that President Trump had a ‘lost summer’ of squandered opportunities and few accomplishments.”
They specifically cited Trump’s historic meeting with Kim Jong Un in North Korea as well as his push for a trade deal with Japan as examples that the reporters did not include.
This comes just over a week after Trump was pretty much forced to fire his personal assistant who he subsequently forgave, Madeline Westerhout, for saying some unsavory things about President Trump’s family to a journalist at an ‘off the record’ dinner, only for her to find out later that her words were leaked, which is against normal journalism standards. According to Newsweek though, Westerhout never actually said: “off the record”. Newsweek said:
Madeleine Westerhout was forced to resign as executive assistant to the President on Thursday after Trump learned she had shared information with reporters at a recent off-the-record meeting, during which she didn’t say her comments were off the record.
With all this going on it looks like Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. even more so are taking to Twitter to call out their least favorite media outlets themselves for all kinds of varying reasons. Eric Trump faces scrutiny for posting an email from a Washington Post Reporter who reached out in an attempt to provide a backchannel for President Trump’s son to provide ‘anonymous’ information. Clearly the Trumps have had their problems in the past with journalists citing only ‘sources’ about stories that often end up never manifesting or being proven true, and that is the likely reason Eric called out the reporter. Many have hit back at Eric Trump including ‘Wapo’ reporter David Nakamura, who calls Eric’s callout ‘press intimidation’.
SEE TWEETS BELOW:
Today in press intimidation: WH press office uses official email to attack two Post journalists and Eric Trump tries to shame a Post reporter on Twitter… https://t.co/Bj5uXNURmo— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) September 6, 2019
If you wander over to Donald Trump Jr.’s. Twitter feed you can see that it’s littered with tweets and retweets all relating to the subject of what he is implying to be bad or unfair treatment from various media outlets. The below tweets were either tweeted or retweeted by Trump Jr. in the last couple of weeks.
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Researchers also found that meat is delicious. https://t.co/aWD38gU5Hd— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 6, 2019
This AP “reporter” sent out & then deleted a tweet defending @JoeBiden telling a clearly false story.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 3, 2019
Even The Washington Post said “every detail” Biden told the crowd was “incorrect.”
But when you’re a Democrat, members of the media will always spin & carry your water. ? pic.twitter.com/XMqTXYS63G
Imagine any “news org” working his hard to protect @realDonaldTrump?— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 1, 2019
Biden’s false story (after a week of stumbles and forgetfulness) isn’t really false because it’s sort of based on something he recalls.
Give me a break. He couldn’t remember Obama’s name last week. https://t.co/H4KyqFLnyy
CNN, Washington Post, NY Times and MSNBC have all been hit with major scandals in recent weeks — ranging from serious breaches of basic rules of journalism to overt anti-Semitism and other forms of hate & bigotry.— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) August 30, 2019
Number of people fired: Zero#EnemyOfThePeople
Trump campaign manager Parscale even joined in with a tweet on the 6th linking to ‘Official Donald Trump Fine Point Markers’ and captioning it:
“Buy the official Trump marker, which is different than every other marker on the market, because this one has the special ability to drive @CNN and the rest of the fake news crazy! #KeepMarkersGreat“
SEE TWEET FROM @parscale BELOW:
Buy the official Trump marker, which is different than every other marker on the market, because this one has the special ability to drive @CNN and the rest of the fake news crazy! #KeepMarkersGreathttps://t.co/eakgICM0LR— Brad Parscale (@parscale) September 6, 2019
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