How should journalists cover President Trump's tweets?

Next with Kyle Clark. 9NEWS @ 6. 2/15/2017

DENVER - How do you properly cover President Trump's tweets?
 
It's a question bringing about serious debate amongst journalists. Should his posts be treated as serious policy or distractions?
 
To bring you in on the conversation, Next frequently reaches out to experts in the field to see how they feel the media should approach difficult calls. We checked in with Al Tompkins, with the journalism thinktank Poynter, for this one.
 
"Almost anything the president says is news, whether the president says it on camera, or whether the president says it on Twitter, almost anything the president says has power to move markets and make our friends and enemies react.... when the President writes something on Twitter, it's probably going to be news, even if it seems like a pretty small thing."
 
On Wednesday, President Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a joint press conference. Throughout the event, the President only called on conservative journalists. This is becoming a trend. Tompkins said this plan could backfire for the President.
 
"If the administration thinks somehow, not calling on a traditional White House reporter, is somehow going to turn off the tap of information, I've got news for them, the opposite will happen. It's a little like fishing, where you're twitching the bait in the water, all you're doing is pulling the fish closer and closer and they're going to really go after it even more so than if you offered plausible responses in the news conference," Tompkins said.
 

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