Trump vs. Ilhan Omar: Why the Media Won't Stop Covering It

Chuck Ross

Chuck Ross

Politics,

Journalists are still giving President Donald Trump a massive amount of media even after critics complained that reporters’ wall-to-wall coverage of the former real estate tycoon helped him win the presidency.

Trump vs. Ilhan Omar: Why the Media Won't Stop Covering It

Journalists are still giving President Donald Trump a massive amount of media even after critics complained that reporters’ wall-to-wall coverage of the former real estate tycoon helped him win the presidency.

Trump’s decision to post several tweets telling Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of News York and others “to go back” to their own countries has all-but blanketed news media. His tweets also managed to elevate those lawmakers while simultaneously depriving Democratic presidential opponents of crucial coverage.

News articles about Trump generated more than 23.2 million interactions, according to NewsWhip, a social-media metrics company. The massive amount of media is a reminder that the president has the ability to drive media narratives, an argument that reporters often lamented after Trump’s victory in 2016.

Articles about the Democratic candidates earlier in July generated only a combined 6.5 million social media interactions in a week, the fewest since January, NewsWhip’s data show. The Washington Post and other outlets have published stories depicting Trump’s comments as racist and bigoted attacks against Ocasio-Cortez and three of her fellow progressive lawmakers.

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