There’s something called the “Streisand effect.” The theory is that if you try too hard to suppress a negative story about you, your actions will end up creating even more interest in the story. There’s popular debate as to just how pervasive this effect is, but Donald Trump just provided a perfect example of how it can go horribly wrong.
Donald Trump went on this bizarre weekend bender: “I just watched a Fake reporter from the Amazon Washington Post say the White House is “chaotic, there does not seem to be a strategy for this Shutdown. There is no plan.” The Fakes always like talking Chaos, there is NONE. In fact, there’s almost nobody in the W.H. but me, and I do have a plan on the Shutdown. But to understand that plan you would have to understand the fact that I won the election, and I promised safety and security for the American people. Part of that promise was a Wall at the Southern Border. Elections have consequences!”
Okay, fine, whatever, yet another unhinged and defensive Trump meltdown. The thing is, this latest allegation about Trump’s White House being a chaotic mess wasn’t getting a lot of attention until Trump went and blasted it out to fifty million people on Twitter. The average American might not have heard about it, and Trump’s base certainly doesn’t hear about these kinds of stories from the propaganda outlets they follow.
But now that Donald Trump has chosen to highlight it just to refute it, it’s become a big headline-grabbing story across the media spectrum. Trump just made sure everyone knew that a major newspaper reporter is accusing him of being lost in a chaotic haze of failure with no plan for getting out. In fact his meltdown would seem to prove the reporter’s premise.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report