The Fourth Branch

Delayed News

The long-awaited meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Helsinki Summit on Monday, July 16, was delayed by the late arrival of Putin’s plane. And, the Twitterverse had to wait even longer for D.C. journalists’ social media reports.

The two presidents gave opening remarks around 7:15 a.m. ET – nearly an hour after the scheduled 6:20 a.m. ET start. But journalists did not tweet much about the summit until after the presidents’ private lunch meeting (at around 9:30 a.m. ET). The reporters’ tweeting then escalated dramatically during and following the press conference (at around 11:10 a.m. ET).

Journalists’ tweet pattern on Monday was noticeably different than the rest of the week. As you can see in the graph, from Tuesday through Sunday, their tweets were spread throughout the day, with peaks around 9:00 a.m. ET and 2:00 p.m. ET.