What it’s like in Politico’s newsroom whenever Trump tweets

Billy Penn
November 5th, 2016

Media critic Jack Shafer doesn’t need to look at Twitter to know when a new Trump tweet drops. He can tell by the gasps, guffaws and murmurs that spread through the Politico newsroom.

“Everyone is twittering over the Twitter,” Shafer told the crowd of several dozen gathered to hear him speak at Penn’s Kelly Writers House last week. “It’s like a video game. [Trump]’s dropping power pills. Bright, shiny things for journalists to chase.”

He hears colleagues rushing to assess whatever outlandish statement or accusation or boast the tweet presents, forming their takes on how to write about the latest missive from the Republican presidential candidate: “Is it sexist? Racist? Any truth in it?”

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