Now you can see what Donald Trump sees every time he opens Twitter - The Washington Post

Friday, January 26 2018

Now you can see what Donald Trump sees every time he opens Twitter - The Washington Post

Politics Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Now you can see what Donald Trump sees every time he opens Twitter By Philip Bump By Philip Bump August 17, 2017 Follow @pbump President Trump puts on a cowboy hat during a showcase of products made in the United States, in the East Room of the White House on July 17. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)
For all of the work John Kelly has put into his new role as White House chief of staff, instituting new limits on whom President Trump speaks with and what information he sees, Trump has an escape hatch: his phone. Put limits on who can reach Trump at the White House? Fine, but then Trump just calls them from his cell later that night. Limit the data that lands on his desk? Great, until he fires up Twitter and sees whatever he wants to see. (Twitter, Axios reported in May, is the only app on his phone .)
Much of what Trump learns about the world is filtered through two lenses: what he watches on cable news (particularly Fox) and what he sees on Twitter. Wired’s Ashley Feinberg linked the arguments from Trump’s Tuesday news conference about the violence in Charlottesville last weekend to rhetoric that he may have picked up from Twitter or from watching Fox. The liberal site Media Matters put a fine point on that latter connection, pairing Trump’s language with similar statements that had previously aired on Fox.
Users of Twitter will understand, however, that it can be tricky to know what someone else sees when he or she fires up the application. Everyone follows a different group of people, and that colors the information they receive.
To that end, we’ve created @trumps_feed , an account that checks whom Trump follows every five minutes and then retweets any new tweets from them over that period. The net result is a replication of what Trump would see on those occasions that he switches over from the Mentions tab.
It’s this. This is what Trump would see right now if he opened Twitter.
Tweets by trumps_feed
Again, this account will update every five minutes with any new accounts that Trump follows.
Whom does he follow right now? Twitter allows us to see all 45 of those accounts right now, and, interestingly, the order in which he followed them.
That order, from earliest to most recent follow, goes like this: Ivanka Trump