One Way to Prevent Some of the Trump Chaff from Clogging Things Up

In a column in which Catherine Rampell offers four resolutions for the political press corps, this suggestion is pretty novel for the genre (boldface mine):

Related: Don’t spend more time analyzing an idea that the president proposes than he spent coming up with it.

This one is hard, I know. Sometimes Trump says things that are just so wrong, in so many ways, that it’s difficult to resist the urge to enumerate all the details of their wrongness.

But a 4 a.m. cyberbullying toilet tweet about Kim Jong Un doesn’t necessarily mean there’s an actual, deliberate shift in diplomatic strategy. A blurted parenthetical about how he’d love to pass a middle-class tax cut, the biggest tax cut ever, doesn’t mean he seriously plans to propose such a thing. Let’s not pretend a secret plan actually exists and then conjure up tea leaves for experts to read.

Don’t impute more seriousness or thoughtfulness than ad-libbed drivel deserves.

One of the things I learned working for a narcissist is that they say an incredible amount of things that mean absolutely nothing and aren’t worth following up on. There are several reasons why they do this, ranging from avoiding narcissistic breaks to the need to be seen saying something, but it is a constant feature of the narcissist. Yes, he has a big platform, but journalists don’t need to chase the ‘toilet tweets.’ There are themes he pursues constantly, but there are also many, many spontaneous blurts about things he’ll never pursue (a hallmark of the narcissist is laziness), so ignore those. For all our sakes.

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