One of President Donald Trump’s adult children once again found themselves as the punchline on Twitter on Friday.
Eric Trump, an executive VP at the Trump Organization, lashed out at Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos after one of his employees received a polite and professional message from Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Fahrenthold.
In the email, Fahrenthold began by apologizing for the interruption. He then introduced himself, saying he just wanted the employee to have his contact information.
Fahrenthold explained that they could talk without the employee being cited by name in a story, and explained how to safely contact the newspaper.
Although Fahrenthold’s message was so professional it could be used by journalism professors as a best practices example, Eric Trump attacked the “tactics.”
These are the tactics used by the @WashingtonPost. @JeffBezos - you should be very proud... 🙄 https://t.co/9RO91n7XGX— Eric Trump (@Eric Trump)1567800212.0
Eric Trump was brutally mocked online for his tweet.
Here’s some of what people were saying:
@EricTrump @washingtonpost @JeffBezos This is journalism and your brother's signature is on the checks meant to cov… https://t.co/7WJtnQDzFp— Zeddy (@Zeddy)1567801065.0
this is a model cold email from a journalist to a subject/source -- good teaching moment for young journos.… https://t.co/jmYQVcRqTY— Edmund Lee (@Edmund Lee)1567802128.0
Trump's kids are so dumb that you actually kinda gotta marvel at it. They make Meghan McCain look like a genius. https://t.co/CUsFW4CfZs— AdotSad (@AdotSad)1567802081.0
Today in press intimidation: WH press office uses official email to attack two Post journalists and Eric Trump trie… https://t.co/bl7aYiGVbg— David Nakamura (@David Nakamura)1567801915.0
I don't know. Is that reporting and media strategy as bad, say, as using your lawyer and accountant to channel hush… https://t.co/79kP0mTpO3— Tim O'Brien (@Tim O'Brien)1567801898.0
what's up with people not understanding the Streisand Effect? this is only going to raise David's profile and his w… https://t.co/eFfbP04MEr— GenePu̶̗͇͆ń̵̲́͜k 2077 (@GenePu̶̗͇͆ń̵̲́͜k 2077)1567802073.0
You really are the dumb brother.... https://t.co/h77H9vbzZa— brad hags (@brad hags)1567802034.0
Hey @Fahrenthold: You mind if I borrow this for cold introductions to sources? It's pretty, pretty good. Signed,… https://t.co/bYK93YUfp6— City Nolan (wears a 😷, so should you) (@City Nolan (wears a 😷, so should you))1567802012.0
u hate to see journalists using journalistic "tactics" https://t.co/fnsyfoiRmi— my pal andy (@my pal andy)1567801959.0
Honesty, courtesy & professionalism. Which includes ethics & integrity. No wonder these *tactics* offend you so mu… https://t.co/cWy42tk2gl— 𝙁𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙠𝙡𝙚𝙨 🦗20 😷 310,209💔 (@𝙁𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙠𝙡𝙚𝙨 🦗20 😷 310,209💔)1567801912.0
That's not a tactic. It's reporting. Often learned in Journalism 101. https://t.co/2B0NRSIgis— Celeste Headlee (@Celeste Headlee)1567801896.0
@EricTrump @washingtonpost @JeffBezos It’s a shame this polite and professional email didn’t meet your family’s hig… https://t.co/pSxMWbVgPD— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1567801036.0
@EricTrump @washingtonpost @JeffBezos *documenting why Fahrenthold wins Pulitzers to own the libs*— Attorney@Law (@Attorney@Law)1567800576.0
@EricTrump @washingtonpost @JeffBezos The tactics of courtesy and professionalism? Yes I can see how those concepts… https://t.co/sb1iuifDJg— great scott! 🇺🇸 (@great scott! 🇺🇸)1567800831.0
@EricTrump @washingtonpost @JeffBezos Way to make @Fahrenthold look like a total pro. Good job.— djkocisi politics (@djkocisi politics)1567800882.0
@EricTrump @washingtonpost @JeffBezos That dumb-ass gene is really strong in the Trump family!!!!!— Colleen LR (@Colleen LR)1567800616.0
@EricTrump @washingtonpost @JeffBezos this is why they call you the dumb one eric— John Iadarola (@John Iadarola)1567800836.0