Trump, Trump, Trump. It’s safe to say the media is so tired of covering Donald Trump’s f**k ups and his tweets. While trying to keep the media out of White House matters, he gives us no true substance to work from. There are so many other important things going on in the world that reporters could focus on. Trump gets draining.
Well, popular news site Salon.com gets the message loud and clear and have decided to do something about it. They have declared today ‘Trump-free Tuesday’. How liberating! Salon made a statement on their website stating that this idea has been in the works for quite some time now.
We’ve been thinking about this for a while, and it seems like the right moment. There are so many other things to talk about and think about, in politics, culture or our daily lives. We are stuck with this guy for the foreseeable future, which is a difficult truth for many of us to handle. If we cannot dislodge him from the White House anytime soon, maybe we can start to deflate the outsized role he plays in our national psychology. This is a baby step in that direction.
And boy, they are right. Now, they aren’t saying to just sit and let the President walk all over America without doing anything or letting the people know what he’s doing. They are just saying we need a break. Trump already feeds off attention. Let’s place our focus elsewhere for a day.
The day without Trump content is an experiment and if t goes well, Salon might even turn it into something more. They will still be posting about politics and the American government. They want to cover stories that are more relatable to the American people. Here’s how they say they’ll accomplish that,
We will not publish the president’s name on Tuesday or use his picture. We will not cover his outrageous Twitter utterances or deride his surrogates for whatever stupid things they may or may not say on television. (We try not to do that the rest of the time, too.) We’re certainly going to cover American politics and the United States government, but we will avoid focusing on the dominant personality at the top of the pyramid. We will strive to focus on issues and policies and how they are likely to affect the lives of our readers.
Great move by Salon. This is definitely a step in the right direction for media. Rid yourself of Trump news for a day to cover more meaningful things. Maybe even more positivity. The world can definitely use more of that.
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