Nina L. Diamond has been a freelance journalist for more than 30 years with over 1000+ articles and 2 books. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, Omni and the Sunday magazine of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She was also a writer and performer on NPR’s Pandemonium, was a founding editor of Deepak Chopra’s health newsletter in the mid-1990s AND appeared on Oprah! So she’s been around. But writing on Twitter can be a very different experience. In an interview in 2013 she said, “As a journalist, I’m constantly networking through Twitter…Almost every person I’ve interviewed in the 2 ½ years, that has been initiated first through contact on Twitter. Interviews for stories that I had sold to publications, I have made my first contact with them through Twitter. So, it’s a way of networking with people.” Twitter isn’t just another platform for the kind of self-important identity performances that seem so crucial to millenials. It can be an amazing way to spread news, opinions and jokes with lightning speed…something that can be both good and bad. But Nina L. Diamond knows that with great power comes great responsibility. She’s one of the good guys. And that can be seen most obviously in the trending hashtag she started yesterday in response to public concerns over Donald Trump’s access to government debriefings due to his status as a presidential nominee and what he might do with sensitive information.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, said in an interview with The Huffington Post, “How would the CIA and the other intelligence agencies brief this guy? How could they do that? I would suggest to the intelligence agencies, if you’re forced to brief this guy, don’t tell him anything, just fake it, because this man is dangerous…Fake it, pretend you’re doing a briefing, but you can’t give the guy any information…This guy, he’s part of a foreign power…We knew he liked Putin before this, but this is quite ridiculous.”
With officials becoming increasingly convinced that the hack of the DNC and the Wikileak release of DNC emails was the work of the Russian government, with the goal of undermining Trump’s presidential rival Hillary Clinton (you know…’cause of how he called for his pals the Russians to do just that?) it seems like Trump’s friendship with Putin is more than just a passing concern.
Nina L. Diamond took Harry Reid’s suggestion and ran with it, launching the twitter hashtag #FakeTrumpIntelligenceBriefing. Here are (in my opinion) the best 25 #FakeTrumpIntelligenceBriefing tweets.
This first group of them take the perspective of an agent trying to answer a question posed by Trump during the meeting:
The second group of tweets are ones where the person performing the debriefing is flat out telling Donald Trump nonsense…the heart of the joke being that Trump is so ignorant and out of touch with reality that he’d have no trouble taking them as fact:
And finally, my all-time favorite:
Thank you so much, Nina L. Diamond, for giving me something to laugh about this Sunday morning! You have earned The Taste Maven Stamp of Approval and I hope you continue holding egomaniacs accountable with your wit!