A cursory look at overnight reporting of this same request by conventional news outlets found that none had resisted using at least one tweet, and most used several, so we decided to take things a bit further, and have experimented below with a tweet-only report, albeit with a few contextual remarks.
We thank our inadvertent contributors for their unwitting assistance with this Tweet-O-Rama report.
This is possibly the best headline for this story
The F-35's CFIT: Controlled Flight Into Trump. https://t.co/5I3qxC7xQo— Livefist (@livefist) December 23, 2016
AND HERE IS OUR TWEET-O-RAMA:
Trump Asks Boeing to Price Super Hornet Alternative to F-35
Someone incorrectly stated that the phrase "DRAIN THE SWAMP" was no longer being used by me. Actually, we will always be trying to DTS.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
Ready to work with @realDonaldTrump's administration to affordably meet U.S. military requirements.— The Boeing Company (@Boeing) December 22, 2016
Looks like Lockheed CEO’s mutism after meeting Trump on Dec. 21, and her later, non-committal statement," may have backfired.
@Jamie_Freed To toss out F-35 in favor of the F/A-18 E/F would be an astonishing turn of events.— AsiaJetWatch (@AsiaJetWatch) December 23, 2016
Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Dassault to price-out a comparable #Rafale F3R!— Philippe Top-Action (@top_force) December 23, 2016
It would have been a lot cooler if Trump asked Boeing to price out a comparable MRF-24 against the F-35A. pic.twitter.com/Y9NiKPvYNJ— Stephen Trimble (@FG_STrim) December 23, 2016
Reaction to Trump's F-35 tweet. US official to me: "Downgrading F-35s to F/A-18s is just one more thing the Russians can thank PEOTUS for."— Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) December 23, 2016
While Rolls-Royce of America obviously didn’t have a clue as to what was happening:
What would foreign F-35 buyers say?
If US cancels the STOVL variant of F-35 it would be an absolute betrayal of the US-UK Special Relationship.— Luke Coffey (@LukeDCoffey) December 23, 2016
OK, he's back to tweeting about other stuff. Whew. https://t.co/WGZWPXFWSS— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) December 23, 2016
Is government by Tweet a good idea?
Gotta say, reporting on Trump's tweets is starting to tick me off considering he refuses to hold press conferences to answer Qs about them.— Valerie Insinna (@ValerieInsinna) December 22, 2016
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is our first Tweet-only news report, and is a Trump-inspired experiment.
It proved time-consuming to collect and collate the tweets, and the result is necessarily incomplete as many tweets don’t include hashtags, and so are lost in cyberspace. And there are no doubt many pundits who have interesting things to say, but whose tweets and re-tweets will not necessarily reach us.
That said, it is an interesting exercise. We will let our readers judge its value.)