Trump to Continue "Freaking Mainstream Media Out", Will "Boldly Use" Twitter For Policy Announcements

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Having drawn the ire of the mainstream press for his extensive use of Twitter in announcing major developments and policy shifts, President-elect Donald Trump will not end the "onslaught" of posts on Twitter that fed his unconventional campaign, even after taking on the formalized duties of the Oval Office later this month, as Bloomberg notes following an announcement by incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer who said he expects Trump "will boldly use" Twitter to make major policy announcements.

Shortly after his victory on November 8, Trump said in an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he was rethinking his use of social media: “I’m going to be very restrained, if I use it at all, I’m going to be very restrained,” Trump said. That, however, has not happened and since then, during the countdown to Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, he’s shown little sign that he intends to follow that pledge.

In fact, making news and issuing statements on social media sites that also include Facebook and Instagram will “absolutely” continue, despite any prior promises to the contrary, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

“You know what? The fact of the matter is that when he tweets, he gets results,” Spicer 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,” Spicer said. “He doesn’t have to have it funneled through the media.”

Indeed, he doesn't, and the fact that the media suddenly finds itself locked out in this most important of information dissemination and filtration pathways, has unleashed the biggest period of soul-searching for the conventional press in decades.

In recent tweets, Trump has hinted he’d like to change decades of policy on nuclear weapons; praised Russian leader Vladimir Putin even after accusations by intelligence agencies that Russia attempted to tamper with U.S. elections; and said the United Nations is a “club for people to get together, talk and have a good time.”

As a result, Trump was scolded by foreign policy experts last month when he used Twitter as the venue to say that the U.S. should greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capacity until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nuclear weapons. For now, if anything, this outside criticism has only emboldened Trump to avoid conventional media outlets.

On Dec. 28, the incoming president tweeted that he was trying to disregard statements by President Barack Obama that he considered “inflammatory.” “Thought it was going to be a smooth transition - NOT!” Trump said in the post.

After Putin said on Dec. 30 that he wouldn’t respond in kind to an Obama administration order expelling 35 Russian diplomats in response to that government’s hacking of Democratic Party officials, Trump tweeted: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!”

A day after praising Putin, Trump raised eyebrows by wishing a “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies.” New Year’s Day brought a more conciliatory greeting ”to all Americans” that cast ahead to “a wonderful & prosperous 2017 as we work together.”

Trump’s tweets have also targeted specific companies, including Lockheed Martin Corp. for what the president-elect termed “out of control” costs for the F-35 fighter jet, and Boeing Co. for “ridiculous” costs to build a new 747 Air Force One for future presidents. “Cancel order!” Trump said in a Twitter post on Dec. 6, sending Boeing shares lower.

Trump currently has 18.3 million followers on Twitter, 16.8 million on Facebook and 4.5 million on Instagram. He has tweeted more than 34,000 times since joining the social media platform in 2009.

As Bloomberg adds, Spicer was asked on “This Week” about Trump’s Twitter statement on Dec. 22 that the U.S. “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capacity until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

Surprisingly, despite having the president-elect as the brand's most vocal and prominent ambassador in the world, Twitter continues to lose key personnel, most recently on December 30, when in a series of Tweets, Twitter’s Managing Director for Greater China Operations Kathy Chen says that as the Twitter APAC team is working directly with Chinese advertisers, it is the right time for her to leave the company. She joined Twitter less than 8 months ago, in April of 2016.

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Aside from the topic of Trump's tweeting, Spicer also said on Sunday that the White House may have disproportionately punished Russia by ordering the expulsion of 35 suspected Russian spies. Spicer said that Trump will be asking questions of U.S. intelligence agencies after President Barack Obama imposed sanctions last week on two Russian intelligence agencies over what he said was their involvement in hacking political groups in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. 

"One of the questions that we have is why the magnitude of this? I mean you look at 35 people being expelled, two sites being closed down, the question is, is that response in proportion to the actions taken? Maybe it was; maybe it wasn't but you have to think about that," Spicer said.

Trump is to have briefings with intelligence agencies this week after his return from vacation to New York on Sunday. On Saturday, Trump expressed continued skepticism over whether Russia was responsible for computer hacks of Democratic Party officials.


"I think it's unfair if we don't know. It could be somebody else. I also know things that other people don't know so we cannot be sure," Trump said. He said he would disclose some information on the issue on Tuesday or Wednesday, without elaborating. It is unclear if, upon taking office on Jan. 20, he would seek to roll back Obama's actions, which mark a post-Cold War low in U.S.-Russian ties.

Spicer said that after China in 2015 seized records of U.S. government employees "no action publicly was taken. Nothing, nothing was taken when millions of people had their private information, including information on security clearances that was shared. Not one thing happened." "So there is a question about whether there's a political retribution here versus a diplomatic response," he added.

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BabaLooey's picture

2017: Liberal heads exploding all over the place.

WestVillageIdiot's picture

That's a lot of shit to be cleaning up. 

You just know that the morons such as Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd, John Limpwood, Mara RattFace, Anderson Vanderbilt, George Stuffinupinhis, and all of the rest of the Giant Propaganda Machine are going to be wailing and gnashing their teeth.  They will be screaming about how important they are to "our democracy".  The wetting of pants will be amazing.  Maybe Christiana Iamapoor (wife of Jamie Rubin, no less) will weigh in.  They will all be lying through their teeth, with tremendous blessings from their management.  They will be trying to rile up the snowflakes, using organizations created by the Clintons and their evil masters.

Keep tweeting DJT.  Keep on tweeting! 

Looney's picture


If Trump’s Tweeting is so bad for the MSM, I’d expect Twitter to be attacked soon, most likely before January 20.

The MSM/Libtards will gladly blame it on the Russians. AGAIN!   ;-)


FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) Looney Jan 2, 2017 9:28 AM

Here's to an embarrassing four years

BaBaBouy's picture

TRUMP Should Use ZH For Policy Announcements ~~~

PT's picture

Actions, Meet Consequences.  But I'll be even happier when he abandons Twitter too. 

Your idea is awesome.  Can heads explode twice?

ultraticum's picture

And just how exactly is censored, leftist propagand outlet Twitter not just like the "mainstream" alternatives?

PT's picture

Well, at the moment Twitter, apparently, IS allowing Trump to Tweet his Trump-ettes uncensored.  Given everything else the Twitter-twats do, I am not exactly sure why they let Trump get away with it and I do not know for how long this situation will last.  That is why I would be much happier if Trump could also detach himself from Twitter - perhaps build his own Trumpetter website, or how exactly would it be different from if he simply built his own dedicated website?

Maybe two websites.  One purely for Trump announcements and put it in plain text so anyone can access it without relying on specialized software, and another site that deals with feedback.  With MSM openly willing to distort, suppress or lie about any message as they choose, the only option is to get information out there in the most open, accessible manner.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

How is twitter different from MSM?

Simple.  With twitter, the Donald's message is delivered to readers as is.  A written sentence that would take him 5 seconds to speak takes the readers about 5 seconds to read.

With MSM, the Donald's message is first falsely framed, then delivered in snippets, out of context as possible, interspersed with liberal drivel, accompanied by eye-rolling, guffawing, smirking and all manner of juvenile nonsense.  Five minutes later, the viewer has little idea what the Donald said, and the more soft-minded viewers are left thinking the Donald is Hitler.  I know.  I live with one of these soft-minded people.  She's not stupid.  She considers herself well-informed.  She watches CNN all day.  She doesn't know shit.  She blathered on about wikileaks.  I asked her to identify one thing wikileaks revealed about Dems/Clinton.  She had nuthin, zilch, nil.  I sent her a link to 100 of the more significant wikileaks revelations.

benb's picture

“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..."


I kinda like this Spicer dude already... after putting up with lying sacks of Sh#t press secretaties for the last god knows 30 plus years.

tdag's picture

Fuck ABC (and MSM) all the way into the black abyss of irrelevance, it so sorely deserves to be ridiculed into. MSM is a pestilent ruptured boil on the crack of the world's ass. While I'm at it fuck Facebook, Reddit and all this other new media bullshit. Thank's for publishing the list of "fake news" outlets. It gave me some new sources to add to my critical thinking process. I don't need anyone telling me what fake news is--I can figure that out for myself. I can only hope that the demise of the MSM will be fueled by its need to be the ONE TRUE SOURCE spoon feeding its black bile to the fed up, retching, disgusted masses.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

Obama method: 
1. Play golf or deliver short soundbyte speeches, no Q&A.
2. Have press secretary or departmental underlings hold press conferences.
Advantages: underlings can pleaed ignorance if asked uncomfortable questions; plausible deniability if underlings accidentally tell the truth; President never is publicly associated with unpopular policies; press corps feels important.

Clinton method:
1. Give speeches to wealthy donors for cash, exclude press.
2. Appear in public or on media just enough to prove you are still alive.  No Q&A unless fully scripted with complicit interviewer.
Advantages: rake in bribes; smoother delivery of lies; limited public visibility lets people forget how annoying you are; press corps feels important.

Trump method:
1. Hold giant rallies, talk directly to public at length about whatever enters your head.
2. Send out tweets directly to public.
3. Point out bias and stupidity of press.
Advantages: public involvement; wide popularity; direct communication; press corps is unhappy and perhaps soon unemployed.

jcaz's picture

I dig it.   Love watching MSM freaking out about being cut out of the equation.

Twitter should kiss Trump's feet- without him,  my $20 TWTR puts would be $10 in the money right now,  but I'll happily lose the money to watch the talking heads explode.

Cluster_Frak's picture

Did she serve you with divorce papers right after that? Just curious how far the left is willing to go to pursue their lunacy.

beemasters's picture

Agreed. Of all "fake news outlets" he could've chosen from to stick it up to the MSM, he is using Twitter!!!

DollarMenu's picture

Well, I do not have a Twitter account, so I will still have to get Mr. T's pronouncements from ZH.

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lil dirtball's picture

Mr. Contract With America speaks:

'Gingrich fears Trump administration might lose its nerve'

Ol' Newt is setting the tone for the Trump admin. Don't get too excited, zombie Trumptards, you'll be disappointed.

PT's picture

Toss it on the pile of articles marked "Trump drops out of the Presidential race".  If we burn that shit then we can power the world forever.  You think you can make us judge Trump when really you are broadcasting a truth about yourself.

Come out into the light and expose yourselves, you stupid cockroaches.

lil dirtball's picture

WTF? Can you be a bit more succinct with your drivel?

OTOH, perhaps you're just a not-ready-for-prime-time AI bot? Who can tell anymore between bot and retard?

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ bee,

Trump is brilliant. He must be making the Deep State Scum Fuck Pure Evil Criminal Psychopath PsyOp False Narrative Script Writers heads explode.

They don't have enough authors & Presstitute Media Scum to keep up with Trump.

The Deep States days are numbered. At least the Rouge Elements of it are.

Tick Toc MotherFuckers. We're coming for you.

lil dirtball's picture

>The Deep States days are numbered.

Oh, my. Are you serious? Do you think they've been pushing their agenda for three hundred years to culminate in being gently nudged out of the way by one of their own?

beemasters's picture

I think everyone hopes that the Deep States days are numbered... It's time the rigged system is reset. But to pin that hope on one person is unrealistic. The people collectively, have to be proactive. Trump needs to be constantly criticized and corrected. If we blindly follow him, the Deep States win.

Bill of Rights's picture

What wrong stupid? Go watch your fake news go enjoy your cable tv that goes up year after year after year fucken sheep.

Mr.Sono's picture

18 days and counting.

I want see liberal medial loose what ever small credibility they still have. And the more I see Trump the more I like him, thanks to corrupt media.

curbjob's picture

TWITTERCIDE;  Americana version of lingchi, where a 1000 cuts are replaced by 1000 tweets.






edit; HFT is dead, viewing Trumps tweets a nanosecond ahead of the public is the new algo. Hugs, Stevie B.

pot_and_kettle's picture

2008 - 2016 is 8 years, not 4

Mr.Sono's picture

I don't have tweeter, but I do get all of his comments on facebook. It's one of the reasons I still have facebook, since I never post there.

Long-John-Silver's picture

The MSM is a Ghost. A Ghost is a person that can't move past their death. They hang around until their energy defuses. Internet Streaming is the cause of the MSM's death. Cable TV is rapidly dieing as people replace their Cable TV subscriptions with Internet Streaming. Cable TV can't and will never compete with the Internet. Cable TV for decades was a Monopoly, and operated like one. They strictly controlled the content, production, and distribution of Media. If you were not a member of the "Club" you had no chance at all of creating and distributing your Media. With Internet Streaming not only is that possible, it's become a relatively simple thing to do. Cable TV Media Production has been without competition for so many decades they have become irrelevant, and it's cost is way to much for the absolute crap they provide. Dropping a Cable TV subscription that cost's more than $100 a month makes those $30 Internet Streaming Devices very affordable, if you can buy one without going on-line and ordering one. Why? All the Big Box Retailers sell them but they are flying off the shelves faster than they can stock them. They get a shipment and put them on the shelves. 2 hours later the shelves are empty again. Even ordering one takes time for it's arrival as the distributors have the same problem. Cable TV attempted to keep their most popular channels only available for those with Cable TV subscriptions. That tactic failed miserably. Their "Most Popular" channels are worse than even the poorest content on the Internet. No one cared about their lousy "Premium" channels. Now most of those channels are packaged and sold on Internet Streaming devices but they still get very few subscribers. Currently they have started (attempting to) sell those subscriptions in the form of a card you buy like a Cell Phone card because no one subscribes through the Internet Streaming Menu of the Box you have. No one is buying those cards because no one wants to pay for those channels for a couple of reasons. First is the excessive $20 charge, which is 4 times higher than most other Internet Subscription Channels and those Channels are loaded with Commercials. People are simply not going to pay for channels that are loaded with commercials. They might have gotten away with that on Cable TV but that's never going to work on Internet Streaming. Cable TV subscriptions came in the form of "Bundled" packaging of channels. As a result popular channels paid for channels that never made money, like the MSM "Fake News" channels. That no longer works so by the time the 2020 election rolls around the Ghost of the MSM will have dispersed and will no longer be around to harass US. 

Raging Debate's picture

I am here in SW Florida. Lee Country attempted to sue  Comcast out of the county but they got a 30 year state license and lost the case. People HATE them. When its snowbird season and the population doubles, every Friday night and usually Saturday night too, I cant get into Xfinity. Same for New Years eve a couple days back.

The wife likes to binge watch shows and some are not on interweb tv. I cant get sattelite where I am. They have to be the worst company in the US and there are a lot of shitty companies now with maddening overseas customer service. 

 If nothing else, I am glad Trump is pissing in 1/2 the peoples cheerios. I hope he follows through on trade and creates a wage spiral. Better for wage earners and asset holders than this continued race to third world. 

BarkingCat's picture

Thanks for the reminder

I do not have cable TV but I did have cable internet. I just cancelled it.

My T-Mobile internet is just as good and I absolutely despise Comcast.

Only downside is that when I leave the house the internet comes with me.

CheapBastard's picture

Don't forget Charree Rose, Whoopi, and npr that bash The Donald nonstop in their quest to destroy America.

They HATE job creation, peaceful relations abroad, good race relations, economic growth for the middle class, and The Wall and keeping out rapefugee terrorists.

If they bring down Twitter then Trump should set up the White House News Channel directly to the American people and the world and by pass media completely.

WestVillageIdiot's picture

"Love Trumps hate, motherfucker!", Whoopi screamed with blood dripping from her chin. 

CheapBastard's picture

Have whoopi and Sharpton chartered a plane to Cape Breton yet? I hope it's big enough to take Beyonce, trayvon's family, and all the other hateful Trump bashers and thugs with them.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Reroute them to Labrador or Ellesmere Island.

In fact, ship all of Hollywood and all the slutty, twerking dancers and singers there too.

847328_3527's picture

Even better, reroute them to Liberia!

Take Clooney with them.

greenskeeper carl's picture

You aren't kidding about NPR.  Iwas on the road a lot recently, and I found NPR and listened for a while and it was jaw dropping. After about 15 minutes I was REALLY pissed off that my tax dollars fund this bullshit. It was disgusting. Funny thing was, a lot of it was pro-war. We should be doing more to assist the "syrian rebels" and thew Ukrainian coup government. All kinds of shit. They are pure propaganda. NPR is now the outlet supporting the american govt intervening in other countries, conducting regime change, arming one side in a civil war, etc. Wasn't too long ago when bush was doing similar things, and was called a nazi by these very same people. What a bunch of hacks.

Duc888's picture



Yup, NPR went total fascist with their  warmongering.

Cheka_Mate's picture

Ari Shapiro on NPR is a YALE Scroll and Key Member 

You mean the same Yale that warmongers GHW Bush, B Clinton, G W Bush, John Kerry, Dick Chaney, Anderson Cooper, HRC attended?

Yes, that same old money East Coast clique.

Never trust a YALE man!!

bloofer's picture

They all sound like douches, too.

chubbar's picture

He needs to bring in the heads of Alt media and have them take the spots of ABC, NBC, MSNBC, FOX and CBS. Completely disregard the MSM and do it because of the fake news they have perpetrated on the american people. Give the people a list of fake news and how it was designed to manufacture acceptance of a described narrative then let the chips fall where they fall. The MSM has made themselves irrelevant to the news industry now that most americans know they are controlled by some unseen master. Trump can turn this whole show around by making sure that the MSM doesn't control the narrative any longer and ripping the veil of legitimacy away from them!

Mr.Sono's picture

alt media is internet, let the msm die in slow pathetic way. The are destroying them self.

overbet's picture

He should do that anyway. Fuck promoting Twitter after how Twitter has treated him and his supporters.

SoDamnMad's picture

After screwig him over through the whole campaign and sprewing "false information" I hope DJT keeps them out on Pennsylvania Ave.  For everyone named let them get the news from the Daily Mail. And if Twitter wants to end his site then there will be someone else to step up to the plate.

When Clinton goes to court for numerous crimes, bar them from the proceedings. Cite National Security needs to withold info from the press. 

chubbar's picture

Who cares as long as she stays there for the rest of my life, fucking hag.

11b40's picture

Fanatics and deep state partisans of both parties are threatened. There is a trillion dollar defense budget that MUST be protected.

Raging Debate's picture

11b40 - Of course. We need a billion more freedom bombs those vassals are not doing what they are told as much. We need a new crop of global police for bilionaires. The last crop was getting too suicidal /s

 Anybody that disagrees with the awsome empire narrative is a false news, russo luvin' terrorist. Now go buy what a government lobbyist and your dirty pokitician tell you to buy. Corporations are people and all that. You dont want to hurt there feelings, do you? Now shut up and fuck off consumer. But why dont you love your country anymore?  Why dont you love CNN and NPR and New York Times?