Hailed on Twitter and Facebook for confronting the president, they also bolster his claim to be at war with the media.
“Watch this. Watch this. Watch this. Everyone NEEDS to see this. This journalist should be wearing a cape. He’s a super hero,” tweeted actress Alyssa Milano.
“Thanks, Alyssa.” Alexander tweeted in reply.
Alexander was following in the footsteps of Jake Tapper, Matt Lauer, Jim Acosta and other network veterans who’ve rocketed to social-media stardom for talking back to Trump or his best-known surrogate, Kellyanne Conway.
Though the willingness among TV reporters to fact-check Trump and his team is not new, the heightened spotlight of the White House and the awareness that millions of Trump critics are waiting in the Twittersphere, egging them on, seems to have increased the frequency of such encounters.
But such moments also appear to be encouraged by Trump himself, and may play into his favorite narrative about the “fake news media” as his “enemy,” as he tweeted on Friday afternoon. On Thursday, Trump reveled in the spectacle, purposely calling on many anchors whom represent news channels he’s often bashed, like CNN.