With a President that is so active on Twitter comes an era of intense competition to be one of the first people who responds to every tweet. Regular Donald Trump
observers have even started to recognize some of the most frequent first responders, few of whom have a nice thing to say about the Commander in Chief. They are comedians like Chris Crocker
or television writers like Beth Kalb
or thought leaders like David McAfee
. Though they might rack up retweets and favorites by being first to respond to Trump or a member of his administration, other accounts take the tortoise’s approach to winning the race, going slow and steady with a well-crafted and thought-out burn.
That’s what CNN’s public relations team has been doing. Sort of.
They’re not necessarily burning Trump for the sake of it so much as they’re just fact-checking him. Whether a Twitter user reads their
to him or his advisers as burns is ultimately subjective.
to Sean Spicer
when he used the microblogging platform to criticize CNN for calling March for Life participants “demonstrators,” they responded to Kellyanne Conway
when she claimed that she hadn’t offered to go on the network after it was revealed she was turned down by it, and today, they took on Trump himself, and not even for the first time
. Note that in three cases, they contradicted the Trump administration’s statements, gave proof of their argument, and ended their response with, “Those are the facts.”
Today, when Trump said this…
…they responded with this:
Those are the facts.
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