An overall consensus on the blogs and accounts that I follow is that coverage on the President and the decisions of the executive branch is important to the people that follow them. This is my target audience. WHDH is posting on what’s happening in Congress and CBS Boston is posting about Presidential hopefuls policies. East Bay Times is posting about Trump’s policies, specifically they were posting about his policy on asylum recently. Inforrm is posting about media in politics and how a simple algorithm can affect an outcome as large as becoming president. Jeff Mason’s blog for Reuters is posting about statements from President Donald Trump about his former national security advisor and what they disagreed on. Altogether my audience finds Congressional actions, the Presidents policies and statements, and how media affects politics important.

The twitters that I follow mostly get in the hundreds regarding engagement (favorites and retweets). This is a smaller community and are very similar in the content they post. They all post about press conferences and press briefings and President Trump. These are alike the blogs that I follow in the fact that their audience is interested in the same type of news.

Here are five timely topics that they are covering right now that would make a good post on my blog:

  1. Trump discussing former national security advisor John Bolton. This would be a good topic to write about on my blog because a lot of my community would want to know why Trump and Bolton disagreed on certain decisions and why Bolton resigned. I would focus on his tweets and the news coverage of him speaking during an interview about Bolton.
  2. 135 House Democrats calling for an impeachment inquiry on Donald Trump. This would be beneficial because Trump will probably respond to the news of this making this a more timely piece and if this goes ahead, there will be more news to cover as it proceeds. I would focus on statements from House members of specific states and focus on how Trump performed in the 2016 election in that state while also keeping in mind how they lean in their own politics.
  3. Democrat candidates and Republican candidates and their policies as we approach the 2020 Presidential election. This would look more like an explainer post and talk about why stating their policies are important and what policies are most important for the American people.
  4. Trump’s asylum policies are resurfacing as refugees from the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian are denied entry into the U.S. I would also focus on the Supreme Court decision that reinforced that Trump was allowed to maintain such a strict asylum ruling.
  5. With the media facing such backlash from the 2016 election and Facebook taking severe heat for helping the Russians influence the 2016 election, they are “tightening” rules for political advertisers to prepare for the 2020 election. I would also focus on how that works considering Russia has accused them and Google of interfering in their elections.

Blog Roll Posts

CBS Boston: I chose to follow this website because it covers the local aspect as well as the Executive Branch politics.

East Bay Times: This one was interesting to me because of the layout and the timeliness of the news it covered and how it directed broader issues to a specific target audience alike my own target audience.

Inforrm: This blog is a forum for those who write responsible journalism on different issues that are global issues and reason with the reader on why they should care. I would like to write for the people who seek responsible journalism.

WHDH 7News: I enjoy the reporting of national issues as something to effect the community locally and the discussion it brings from viewers.

Natasha Bertrand: She is a National Security correspondent which overlaps with a lot of the issues that my blog will be covering and also writes for MSNBC.

Jonathan Lemire: He is a White House correspondent for the Associated Press where Fake News is often being declared so it makes sense to follow him and his reporting.

Jill Colvin: She is another White House correspondent for the Associated Press because she has a high engagement rate on her twitter account.

Jeff Mason (Blog and Twitter): A White House correspondent from Reuters and has his own blog through Reuters. I follow both because of his coverage of President Trump and how it effects foreign relations.

Anita Kumar: Another White House correspondent but this time from POLITICO. Her live tweets of press briefings are really current to follow and they get low engagements even though she has amassed a large amount of followers.

Trump Draws Outside of the Lines Towards Alabama

President Trump takes zero responsibility for his claim that Hurricane Dorian would also affect Alabama, even going as far as to extend the hurricane’s path on a National Hurricane Center map with a sharpie. This extended area was just a black marker in stark contrast to the printed map.

President Donald Trump holds a chart as he talks with reporters after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

This comes a few days after Trump called out Jon Karl, a reporter from ABC World News, for reporting on his own misinformation that Alabama could be hit by Hurricane Dorian as “Fake News” and calling him a “lightweight reporter.” Trump then went on to say that it was predicted in original scenarios but it was “better safe than sorry”.

However, Trump refusing to take responsibility for the misinformation may have backfired because he may have committed an actual prosecutable crime which is being called “Sharpie-gate,” while giving a Hurricane Dorian update on Wednesday, Sept 4.

“Whoever knowingly issues or publishes any counterfeit weather forecast or warning of weather conditions falsely representing such forecast or warning to have been issued or published by the Weather Bureau, United States Signal Service, or other branch of the Government service, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ninety days, or both.” says 18 U.S. Code § 2074.

Two days before on Sept 2, he tweeted at Jon Karl, a reporter from ABC World News, for reporting on his own misinformation that Alabama could be hit by the Hurricane Dorian and saying that the “Fake News is only interested in demeaning and belittling. Didn’t play my whole sentence or statement. Bad people!”

He then tweeted another graph that was the originally projected graph from the early stages that was seen to go through Georgia and Alabama and that he would be accepting “Fake News” apologies.

Jonathan Karl didn’t respond with an apology, but rather by pointing out the map Trump is referencing was from the South Florida Water Management District and also contained a footnote that the graphic was to be ignored if anything had caused confusion. 

Tweeted by President Trump on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Trump insists that Dorian was to hit Alabama and then took a different path, hitting out at the news media that they were aware of this too but they were only reporting upon this information in order to “demean” him. 

Trump Shifts economic blame to Media

President Trump accused the media on Aug. 15, 2019, of falsifying an economic downturn in an attempt to dodge being perceived as ineffective in his role as president.

Trump tweeted on Aug. 21, 2019, that “The Fake News LameStream Media is doing everything possible the “create” a U.S. recession, even though the numbers & facts are working totally in the opposite direction. They would be willing to hurt many people, but that doesn’t matter to them. Our Economy is sooo strong, sorry!”

Meanwhile, the Dow fell 800 points the previous day when the US Treasury bonds reported an inverted curve, which means that long-term bonds have fewer returns as a short-term bond would.

This inverted curve has preceded recessions in America since the 1950s with 38% of economists predicting a 2020 recession and 34% predicting a 2021 recession.

Trump moved from lashing out at the media to his appointed Federal Reserve Chairmen, Jay Powell, saying:

Two days later Trump expressed his frustrations with the state of the trade war and slowing US economy when he tweeted comparing Powell and the Chinese Chairmen Xi Jinping to enemies of the United States.

This economic uncertainty may come from the current trade war that the United States is embroiled in with China which began after Trump made good on his 2016 campaign promise.

On March 1, 2018, the first tariff on steel and aluminum imports from China were imposed by Trump to “build our steel industry back and our aluminum industry back.”

The Chinese government responded by announcing a retaliatory tariff on US goods worth $50 billion. This was only the beginning of an ongoing trade war between the US and China. Currently, the United States is taxing 25% on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports and they are adding up to an additional 10% on existing tariffs.

The United Nations also is predicting a global economic slowdown this year with China’s predicted growth to slip to 6.3%, the United State’s predicted growth to 2.5% and Russia’s predicted growth to fall to 1.4%.

An ongoing trade war between two of the largest economies in the world in combination with the slowing of global economies and the Federal Reserve observing a common predecessor of a recession is newsworthy. The media reports on such news to keep the people aware of the state of the economy and what may be on the horizon for the citizens of the United States.