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Jay Rosen 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
But that is not the end of the story. We can do better than the mournful ask of the LA Times: “We shouldn’t rise to his bait, but how can we not? If we ignore him, we normalize his reckless behavior." Take the bait or normalize Trump: these are NOT the only choices. Read on! 12/
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Jay Rosen 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
Here are some options I think national newsrooms have: One is to suspend normal relations with the Trump government, a step I have written about before. Each newsroom has to start asking: what "game" do we stop participating in with this government? 13/
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Jay Rosen 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
For CNN, never going live to a Trump campaign event — on the grounds that you will inevitably broadcast falsehoods if you do so — would be a plausible start. Again, take the bait or normalize the toddler are not the only choices. Suspend normal relations is a further choice. 14/
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Jay Rosen 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
If you don't want to take the bait, but you feel you cannot ignore — and by ignoring accept — his behavior, then a distinction worth making is between coverage in which Trump is the protagonist, and coverage where his actions are reported, but he is not the main character. 15/
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Jay Rosen 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
I bring to your attention this reply from Antonia Hylton, a producer and correspondent at Vice News. 16/
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Jay Rosen 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
The Truth Sandwich is third on my list of choices newsrooms have beyond 'take the bait' or 'ignore the toddler.' First you say what is. Only then do you report his latest falsehood. Then you repeat what is actually the case. That is the truth sandwich. 17/
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Jay Rosen 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
Number four on my list of choices newsrooms have beyond 'take the bait' or 'ignore the toddler' is to recognize that sometimes the news he made today is meant only to bring opacity to news he made yesterday. That is gaslighting. It should be resisted. 18/
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Jay Rosen 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
People knew what the Spotlight team was for at Boston Globe, and sent things to it. They will learn what the Gaslight Desk is for and refer things to it. Imagine editors telling front line reporting teams not to bother with Trump's latest because Gaslight would be handling. 19/
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Jay Rosen 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
Fifth on my list of choices beyond 'take the bait' or 'ignore the toddler' is to anchor 2020 coverage in a transparent and public agenda that derives from a creative act of listening. You have to know what your community wants the campaign to be about. 20/
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Jay Rosen 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
Newsrooms of America: You cannot keep from getting sucked into Trump’s agenda without a firm grasp on your own. But where does that agenda come from? It can’t come from the journalists. Who cares what they think? It has to originate with the voters you are trying to inform. 21/
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Jay Rosen
Summarizing my tips for the American press: Suspend normal relations with the Trump regime. Try it this way: his actions are reported, but he is not the main character. Move the Truth Sandwich up on your menu. Open a Gaslight Desk. Anchor your journalism in a citizens agenda. 22/
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Jay Rosen 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
We know it's coming: more outrageous stunts and offensive remarks. More reckless, otherizing behavior. All of it fully newsworthy by pre-Trump standards. But are those the right standards, now that we have seen repeated "this hack of just acting outrageously and offensively?" 23/
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Jay Rosen 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
No, you shouldn't rise to his bait. But that doesn't mean you can ignore him, either. Journalists need more agile and creative options beyond these two. That is what this thread has been about. Thanks for following it to the end. 24/
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Jay Rosen 22 Jul 19
Replying to @Maltaplication
I read it.
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Arson Aversion 22 Jul 19
Re: Citizens' agenda, have you heard of ? They help news organizations create an infrastructure for better engaging their audience as co=producers of 'the story'
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Jay Rosen 22 Jul 19
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Fasaha Traylor 23 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
I love the idea of reporting his actions without his being the main character. He may provoke something positive yet: transition from stenographer to writer.
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Jay Rosen 23 Jul 19
Replying to @fasahatraylor
Thanks, Fasaha. :-)
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Deborah Rothman 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
And identify the news event his latest outrage is most calculated to knock off the radar of MSM and therefore, of voters.
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Brad Deltan 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu @NPR
Having a Gaslight Desk, and finding funding for most/all member stations to regularly submit reporting to it, *should* be a high priority for . But it won't because, well, despite what you said: spine. Or lack thereof.
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Brad Deltan 21 Jul 19
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu @NPR and 2 others
Jay, did you have the Gaslight Desk idea ready in time for your preso to at a short while ago? I'd be delighted to hear of they're considering doing it!
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