Mind Of Trump: Fake News, Failing News

The New York Times on Donald Trump Twitter Update
“For first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!”
February 27, 2017
Chicago on Donald Trump Twitter Update
“Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago. What is going on there – totally out of control. Chicago needs help!
February 28, 2017
Donald Trump's Twitter Mental Health Update

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“FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn’t tell the truth. A great danger to our country. The failing @nytimes has become a joke. Likewise @CNN. Sad!”

Essentially, labelling an entire newspaper or media outlet “fake” is tantamount to a smear campaign. President Donald Trump cannot control what they say, so instead he tries to control how the public perceives them, particularly when they are pointing out his mistakes or lies. Stating that they are fake and failing is further “baiting” them into reflexively defending themselves.

Name-calling is a common tactic when someone cannot make a respectful, convincing rebuttal.


As a mental health professional, I spend every day examining what people say and do both in and out of therapy sessions. I am trained to study the language used, the nuance of expression, and the underlying meanings. At present, we have a president who uses an open forum to express his thoughts and feelings. I believe Donald Trump’s Twitter feed is part distraction and misdirection, but it also allows us to examine a president’s thought process like never before. Therapists are not supposed to diagnose a public person from afar, so I will not do that outright. I believe, however, that a closer look at his public feed is warranted and necessary, and is a service to the country. I also believe that when you tweet out your inner dialogue, you have very little recompense when people dissect it. No matter whom you are.

In looking at Trump’s tweets, I can see very clear usage of classic diversion tactics. I can also see evidence lack of empathy, intimacy problems, callousness, projection, deceitfulness, hostility, impulsivity, and irresponsibility. Keep these terms in mind, and I will discuss them as they pertain to specific tweets.

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