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By the way, let's be honest that some Beltway journalists love Trump's tweets and want them to stick around, because they represent the easiest possible way to cover him. No need for reporting or sourcing: just type up what Trump tweeted and label it "news." What could be easier than that? It's truly astonishing how leading news outlets such as The New York Times now simply rely on Trump's often erratic and incoherent tweets as sourcing, and treat the garbled content as official White House policy.

As for Twitter's complete lack of corporate courage, "The company's weak response shows how utterly incapable it is in dealing with these thorny issues," wrote Kara Swisher, a leading tech journalist. "It is incumbent on the giant social platforms to prevent the president from dangerously weaponizing their tools. If not, when the history of this era is written, they will be judged as completely failing in their duties as citizens."

Emphasis on: completely failing.

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Eric Boehlert is the author of Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush (Free Press, 2006). He worked for five years as a senior writer for Salon.com, where he wrote extensively about media and politics. Prior to that, he worked as a (more...)
 

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