As we feel battered by the media covering every vile Trump tweet storm, Amy Siskind’s The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year offers the chance to review the details of his destructive trail. Get the book and support Truthout.
The Trump administration is in such destructive disarray that details of the damage often get lost or quickly buried in the president’s churn of tweets — and his ability to issue shocking personal and policy statements. Amy Siskind provides a vital service by chronicling the particulars of Trump’s disastrous presidency in list form.
Mark Karlin: What are your criteria for what makes it to the list?
Amy Siskind: Things that are not normal in our democracy. In other words, the old policy battles between Democrats and Republicans over tax policy or Obamacare are not in the list. But when people with disabilities were protesting the Republican health care bill outside McConnell’s office and they were handcuffed and dragged out of their wheelchairs, that is not normal and would make the list. As would all the rights and protections being taken away from marginalized communities and women and people with disabilities — the kleptocracy, conflicts of interest, authoritarian leanings and so on.
If we look through the mainstream media, a good portion of the news is journalists reacting to Donald Trump’s tweets. Your list reminds us that Trump is getting a lot of dangerous things accomplished while diverting attention. Do you think Trump is leading the media around with his tweets, in a way orchestrating much of his coverage?
Yes. In any given week the media is chasing the same stories, and many important stories are getting little or no coverage. For example, this past week (Week 73) a good portion of our media attention all week long was on…