President-elect Donald Trump has said he will continue to tweet after assuming the loftiest seat of power in the U.S., and the mainstream media have gone into panic mode. NPR has coined a phrase — presidential media avoidance — for Trump’s plan to use social media as a direct pipeline to the American people.
Press secretary-to-be Sean Spicer was asked about Trump’s reliance on social media on ABC’s “This Week” on New Years Day. He said:
You know, with all due respect, I think it freaks the mainstream media out that he has this following of over 45 plus million people that follow him on social media, that he can have a direct conversation. He doesn’t have to have it funneled through the media.
So desperate are members of the fourth estate to remain relevant in the Trump era that the Washington Post created a Google Chrome extension that promises to automatically fact-check Trump’s tweets.
But it wasn’t that long ago that the same paper saw some upsides to a president using social media…