Instead of USA Today actually doing any real journalism, they decided to track down the 4,500 members of Trump’s golf club and essentially stalk them for a recent story.
USA TODAY ID’ed 4,500 Trump golf-club members through social media & a website golfers use to track handicaps, then researched who they were https://t.co/5ExoctJrnS
— Susan Page (@SusanPage) September 6, 2017
USA Today’s original tweet called it an “investigation” and according to the paper:
“The review shows that, for the first time in U.S. history, wealthy people with interests before the government have a chance for close and confidential access to the president as a result of payments that enrich him personally. It is a view of the president available to few other Americans.
Among Trump club members are top executives of defense contractors, a lobbyist for the South Korean government, a lawyer helping Saudi Arabia fight claims over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the leader of a pesticide trade group that sought successfully to persuade the Trump administration not to ban an insecticide government scientists linked to health risks.
Members of Trump’s clubs pay initiation fees that can exceed $100,000, plus thousands more in annual dues to his companies, held in a trust for his benefit.”
What the paper decided to bury in the middle of the story, however, is that this arrangement “is legal, and members said they did not use the clubs to discuss government business.”
Now that USA Today has all of that information, they may use it as a weapon, just as CNN did with a meme creator.
“The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump’s tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted — one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him…
Now the user is apologizing, writing in a lengthy post on Reddit that he does not advocate violence against the press and expressing remorse there and in an interview with CNN for other posts he made that were racist and anti-Semitic.”
With the information of around 4,500 members to Trump’s golf clubs, it may be only a matter of time before USA Today decides to use that information against them to get the juicy story that they want.