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Subj: Not sure about too much...
Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 at 01:39:12 pm EST (Viewed 54 times)
Reply Subj: Does the Media focus too much on Trump? Is he almost a figurehead?
Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 at 08:53:47 pm EST (Viewed 59 times)

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Trump is the official holder of the highest office in the United States. As such, he wields a lot of power and is someone that should be paid attention to. But looking back at his first year and office and reading news stories from various sources Trump comes across almost as a figurehead.

Does the Media focus too much on Trump? Is he almost a figurehead? Contrary to every president since WWII Trump tends not to take the lead on issues. He lets Congress to try and develop legislation. Trump comes across as ignorant of things ranging from policy details to proper protocol. He appears to have no policy aside from vague generalizations. Meetings, memos, briefings, etc have to be kept short and with a focus on him. His subordinates have several times contradicted or ignored what he says. Kelly comes across as parent babysitting a bunch of children. Trump has a willingness to change his mind on things depending on who is in the room at the time or last spoke to him. Several articles quoted sources that Trump will sign things or focus on things if it is made about him or will make him look good. I recall one article where one of his cabinet members said they were glad Trump had the spotlight focused on him because it allowed him to work unimpeded.

All in all, Trump doesn't sound much like a leader. He doesn't have any real plan and the Media focuses too much on him. Instead, it sounds like his subornitates run things and manipulate him. Shouldn't the Media focus more on them then? How much does Trump truly run things?

as you said this is the president. Every president is covered in depth. This is a different age but in any age the president is probably the most covered individual in the media. Or at least in more modern times. At least that would be my wager.

Trump also acts differently than any other politician to this point. Ignoring norms, promoting conspiracy theories, ignoring ethics, mixing business and government, needless conflict with allies, support to more authoritarian governments.

Add that to the WH confirming that tweets are considered official statements and they all have to be covered as much as previous memos would be.

It is hard not to cover the guy when he is dragging the US political system into horrible areas. Making an entire party a joke, in the sense that they are all backing the conspiracy theories that he supports and at this point demanding loyalty to him above nearly all else.

He is very much a figure head and a representation more than any significant policy understanding at this point. Depending on what side you fall on he is either saying what folks are saying (who those folks are and why they should be listened to I have no idea) or a lunatic.

I think one could make a case that from the primaries to now he has been covered too much but at the same time he has both sought it and fought the media at every turn. He says really stupid and out there things nearly daily. He makes accusations and still attacks political enemies.

It would almost be funny if he was not into the process of ceding world power to China and other powers, turning the FBI into a group of loyalists at all costs, turning the DoJ into lackies, removing the EPA and so on and so forth. To say nothing of just hiring his kids to important posts for which they lack all experience or knowledge. That and needlessly turning so many against the media when they are telling the truth (the media deserves criticism but most of what Trump calls fake news is not and most of what Trump says is fake).

He should be covered. As he is a very dangerous person in nearly every respect. The people he puts in positions of power to be even worse.




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