Lauer VS Trump – What up with all the tweets?

The following comments are based on the article, “NBC’s Matt Lauer confronts Trump over his tweeting: Are you having a ‘difficult time breaking’ this habit?” from Business Insider.

This morning on NBC’s “Today” show Matt Lauer talked to Donald Trump about his tweet addiction. Matt asked “I have not see you backing off fights on Twitter,” referring to Trump’s attacks on Boeing for cost overruns, the cast of Hamilton, The New York Times, “Saturday Night Live,” and the media in general. Trump replied “No, I think I am very restrained, and I talk about important things.”

Trump went on to defend his tweets and Facebook posts as the fastest and most efficient way to get a message out. Especially when compared to the time to generate and publish a press release.

The article then takes a direct jab a Trump by quoting a New York Times’ article that didn’t have anything to do with Lauer interview:

President Barack Obama used the Times report to mock Trump in the final days of the campaign, arguing then that if he couldn’t be trusted to be on Twitter, he shouldn’t be trusted to have the country’s nuclear codes.

 

“In the last two days, they had so little confidence in his self control, they just said they’re going to take away your Twitter. If somebody can’t handle a Twitter account, they can’t handle the nuclear codes,” Obama said at the time.

Opinion

Except for quoting an Obama hit piece the article is fair. Trump is not using Twitter and Facebook to do reactionary tweets (for the most part.) Trump has been known to shoot from the hip with mix results on Twitter.  But most of his messages are planned to point attention to an issue he’s usually going to do a press conference on the following day. Generally his tweets are meant to stir the post.

Having said that, the Saturday Night Live tweet was pure emotion and not real substance. The only thing it achieved was getting people talking about Trump and get more rating for Saturday Night Live.

Update 1:

A thread on the artcle has been started at FreeRepublic.com:

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