Trump, Twitter and Bullying The Press

Jay Smooth tweeted yesterday:

Keep in mind the purpose of this clown show: the President-Elect of the United States is using twitter to single out & bully a journalist.

Attaching an image that contained tweets 5 through 8 from the following list:

  1. “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
  2. “I thought that @CNN would get better after they failed so badly in their support of Hillary Clinton however, since election, they are worse!”
  3. “The Great State of Michigan was just certified as a Trump WIN giving all of our MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN supporters another victory – 306!”
  4. “@CNN is so embarrassed by their total (100%) support of Hillary Clinton, and yet her loss in a landslide, that they don’t know what to do.”
  5. “@sdcritic: @HighonHillcrest @jeffzeleny @CNN There is NO QUESTION THAT #voterfraud did take place, and in favor of #CorruptHillary !”
  6. “@FiIibuster: @jeffzeleny Pathetic – you have no sufficient evidence that Donald Trump did not suffer from voter fraud, shame! Bad reporter.”
  7. ‘”@JoeBowman12: @jeffzeleny just another generic CNN part time wannabe journalist !” @CNN still doesn’t get it. They will never learn!’
  8. “@HighonHillcrest: @jeffzeleny what PROOF do u have DonaldTrump did not suffer from millions of FRAUD votes? Journalist? Do your job! @CNN”
  9. “Just met with General Petraeus–was very impressed!”
  10. “If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal.”

Can Trump bully @jeffzeleny if Jeff and the press aren’t listening?

Jeff filters @realDonaldTrump excluding any tweets with @jeffzeleny and subscribes to a similar filter for all journalists twitter handles.

His feed from @realDonaldTrump now reads:

  1. “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
  2. “I thought that @CNN would get better after they failed so badly in their support of Hillary Clinton however, since election, they are worse!”
  3. “The Great State of Michigan was just certified as a Trump WIN giving all of our MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN supporters another victory – 306!”
  4. “@CNN is so embarrassed by their total (100%) support of Hillary Clinton, and yet her loss in a landslide, that they don’t know what to do.”
  5. “Just met with General Petraeus–was very impressed!”
  6. “If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal.”

Trump’s tweets still contain enough material for a stand up routine by a comic or the front page of a news paper.

On the other hand, shareable user filters starve Trump (and other bullies) of the ability to be bullies.

Why isn’t Twitter doing something as dead simple as user filters than can be shared?

You would have to ask Twitter that question, I certainly don’t know.

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