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April 29, 2017

Ivanka and the Settling Mess: Our Social Media Roundup

This was another week of wall-to-wall Trump, with Ivanka co-opting some of the limelight courtesy of that clever Angela Merkel. The 100 day milestone and Trump’s manic push to put something, anything on his resume would have explained the over-overexposure, but the visual deluge (with a side helping of militarism) wasn’t that much different than any other week.

Still, I’m wondering if we’re starting to see a shift in tone. In Margaret Sullivan’s 100 day media report card, she thinks the Trump coverage is still too slavish or normal, but she is hopeful for the sobriety she is also seeing. As a bulwark since the beginning, Remnick also weighs in with a 100 day lamentation on the normalizing. In contrast to the wordsmiths, however, the photographers (along with seers like Souza) have been more ironic and skeptical all along. In the situation we’re in, is photography the ultimate indicator? For too many, Trump’s fundamental “no-can-do” is still materializing. With the Trumps and the photographs, however (as I wrote in the Columbia Journalism Review this week), I think we can safely say that “what you see is what you get.”

Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP. Caption: Ivanka Trump, left, was booed at a W20 Summit panel in Berlin after calling her father a “tremendous champion of supporting families.” She attended the event with IMF chief Christine Lagarde, center, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

— Michael Shaw

Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP. Caption: Ivanka Trump, left, was booed at a W20 Summit panel in Berlin after calling her father a “tremendous champion of supporting families.” She attended the event with IMF chief Christine Lagarde, center, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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