“Trump Today”, they call it. “The Afternoon Update: A one-stop entry point for the latest news on the 45th president of the United States”, they wrote.
Can’t you just hear it? Like a newsboy in the streets, “Trump Today, Getcha Trump Today! Getcha one-stop-shop for the llllllatest news on the President! Ten cents here!”
And that’s just it. It would only be ten cents! On one hand, it sounds like cheap entertainment. “Trump Today!” Because of this, I am torn about The Boston Globe’s approach to covering Trump. Doesn’t it feel tabloidy?
But all of that criticism disappears when I think about the challenges The Boston Globe is facing in national politics, particularly with reports having to do with President Trump.
Hour-by-hour reports are crucial right now. And the Globe must continue to apply constant pressure. At least in regards to Trump’s disregard for fact and distaste for the American news media, too much as it at stake. I can only imagine the conversations going on between editors and executives right now in the Boston Globe newsroom. “How do we do this? How do we report on this?” It must be agony.
I whole-heartedly appreciate the level of transparency the Globe is showing in their Trump Today pieces. The contributors are extremely focused. They are including categories of ALL of Trump’s tweets and even an embedded YouTube video of Spicer’s most recent press briefing. They include the president’s daily schedule. They give summaries of the national policy changes of the day. Trump Today is truly a constantly updated page to find news on the president.
It is soothing to know that reporters are out there chasing this content, and not letting up. When facing an administration that shows questionable regard for fact and transparency, over-reporting is opportune. Does it look tabloidy? Maybe. But who cares. The values are right. And if Trump Today doesn’t work for you right now, the Globe’s Mr. Finucane has 4+ years to figure out a better way. The point is, let’s applaud them for their incredible efforts!
Sending my thanks to The Boston Globe for these reports on our president and national politics!
Thanks for reading! And take care.