24 hours ago, the most powerful man in the world with the budget and staff of an entire nation behind him sent out the following pair of posts on Twitter:
One of these posts makes a basic “dwindling” factual error: Washington Post subscription numbers are not immediately available, but New York Times subscriptions have markedly risen during the pre-election and post-election periods.
The second post makes a second grade error: instead of writing “has,” President Donald Trump wrote the word “gas.”
The first problem is one of fact-checking. Neither before Donald Trump wrote nor after he wrote did a single person in the entire sprawling executive branch of the United States bother to check a factual claim.
The second problem of a misspelled word seems trivial but is perhaps even more dire: clearly, nobody in the entire White House is looking over the aging Donald Trump’s shoulder as he readies communications that can change the world. Nobody. Not beforehand, not afterward. Nobody in the entire White House is directing attention to notice even the most obvious, basic error in what the most powerful man on the planet writes.
If nobody in the White House cares enough to notice the “gas” in Donald Trump’s tweets, what else are they missing?