President Donald Trump’s second son had intercepted a message sent by reporter David Fahrenthold apparently seeking off-the-record information from a Trump Organization staffer.
“These are the tactics used by the Washington Post. Jeff Bezos — you should be very proud,” Trump tweeted disdainfully.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 6, 2019
That’s pretty much the way information is often gathered, Eric, journalists and Twitter critics schooled him. Reporters try to get sources who can provide ... information, they noted.
Fahrenthold himself explained his strategy for gathering news in a Washington Post tweet after Trump’s jab. “This a kind of an email I send all the time,” said Fahrenthold, who covers the Trump Organization. “A lot of journalism is finding people who know something you want to know … [and] reaching out.”
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 6, 2019
Others were only too happy to set Trump straight — or mock him.
Ummm, Eric. This is called journalism.
Speaking to sources on background and anonymously sourcing documents to expose corruption is par for the course.
I think you should learn how to use this other neat thing called Google before you tweet. https://t.co/FMICgPGs5v
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) September 6, 2019
Those bastards send polite emails reaching out to potential sources. How dare they? https://t.co/INicW2SNbE
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) September 6, 2019
Congratulations. You’ve just illustrated the difference between real news and fake news:
👉 Real news solicits for sources.
👉 Fake news doesn’t need sources.
Better stick to stealing money from pediatric cancer charities.
— J. Dice 🎲 (@jdice03) September 6, 2019
And—even worse—he takes what sources tell him, checks it against other sources, and reports what checks out! In a story!! To the public!!! Using a keyboard!!!!
— John Hausman (@JohnSHausman) September 6, 2019
You really nailed him here Eric…. A reporter asking for information! https://t.co/kmmSUameDc
— Sam Stein (@samstein) September 6, 2019
yeah, it's called Pulitzer Prize winning journalism
— Sandi Bachom (@sandibachom) September 7, 2019
Developing sources and obtaining background material is called "investigative journalism".
It's diametrically opposed to @seanhannity @TuckerCarlson and @JudgeJeanine, who rely on strawmen and lies.
Journalism vs #FakeNews
Glad I could help clear this up for you.
— Mike Marler (@MikeDMarler) September 7, 2019
Wow. An extremely respectful and professional email. https://t.co/VCTt6odwus
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) September 6, 2019
Lol is this supposed to make Fahrenthold look bad? He looks like a total pro here https://t.co/nsOOGAqvxe
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) September 6, 2019
Anyway, if anyone wants to leave a tip about the Trump Org for the Washington Post, Eric was kind enough to broadcast to the entire internet exactly how to do so.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) September 6, 2019
— Jack Shafer (@jackshafer) September 6, 2019
quite nice of Eric Trump to show young journalists everywhere a model template for reaching out to sources https://t.co/VguBQ4Spkq
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) September 6, 2019
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) September 6, 2019
— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) September 6, 2019
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