President Donald Trump’s second son had intercepted a message sent by reporter David Fahrenthold apparently seeking off-the-record information from a Trump Organization staffer.
“These are the tactics used by the Washington Post. Jeff Bezos — you should be very proud,” Trump tweeted disdainfully.
That’s pretty much the way information is often gathered, Eric, journalists and Twitter critics schooled him. Reporters try to get sources who can provide ... information, they noted.
Fahrenthold himself explained his strategy for gathering news in a Washington Post tweet after Trump’s jab. “This a kind of an email I send all the time,” said Fahrenthold, who covers the Trump Organization. “A lot of journalism is finding people who know something you want to know … [and] reaching out.”
Others were only too happy to set Trump straight — or mock him.