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Zurawik: Trump's got his Twitter thumbs poised to troll the Democratic debates. Will the media let him get away with it?

Zurawik: Trump's got his Twitter thumbs poised to troll the Democratic debates. Will the media let him get away with it?

This week’s twin Democratic debates provide the media’s first big test of the 2020 campaign. It’s not just about how they’ll manage this unwieldy field or how much control NBC, Telemundo and MSNBC agreed to cede to the Democratic National Committee over who gets to be on the stage. It’s about whether they fall into the same trap they did in 2016 of letting Donald Trump control the national agenda and attention span to his own advantage. And make no mistake, that’s exactly what he’s trying to do; America’s troll-in-chief plans to live tweet the debates.

When I heard that, I feared that despite all the lip service paid in election postmortems on the impact of the media turning over...

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