Seth Abramson (@ūüŹ†)+ Your Authors @SethAbramson Attorney. @Newsweek columnist. Proof of Corruption (preorder: and NYT bestseller Proof of Conspiracy ( Professor @UofNH. Oct. 14, 2019 2 min read + Your Authors

Was going to say I got to the third entry in this timeline before I found the first missing "key event" but in fact any Trump-Ukraine timeline that doesn't begin with Parnas selling Trump Org condos for Fred/Donald Trump at the same time Trump makes his first Moscow trip is wrong

PS/ The obvious missing event early on in the @washingtonpost timeline is the April 2, 2014 posting by Janosavich of a photo of Trump/Parnas at an outdoor event which‚ÄĒgiven what Trump said about his dress habits in HOW TO GET RICH‚ÄĒalmost certainly was at a Trump golf course event

PS2/ Upshot: curatorialism journalism isn't easy, and event timelines are where you turn to curatorial journalists. A curatorial journalist will scour U.S. and international news, social media and various other public records going back decades to create a *comprehensive* record.

PS3/ Not to delve too deeply into the theory behind curatorial journalism‚ÄĒa major growth area in post-postmodern communications theory‚ÄĒbut one thing it requires is a certain comfort level with a *large* number of narratives that intertwine but don't always resolve into linearity.

PS4/ Commercial media and conventional reporting says, "Okay, there has to be *one* metanarrative here and it has to be *linear* in composition." But that's not how the world works. An event timeline interweaves multiple metanarratives tracking the activities of dozens of people.

PS5/ For instance, to understand the Trump-Ukraine timeline you have to know where these people were at all points going back 20 years: Trump, Trump Jr., Giuliani, diGenova, Toensing, Putin, Firtash, Fruman, Parnas, Deripaska, Manafort, Lutsenko, Shokin, Zelensky, Poroshenko...

PS6/ ...Yanukovych, Yovanovitch, Sondlund, Volker, Cohen, Sater, Yushchenko, Tymoshenko, Artemenko, Dowd, Downing, Zehlne and *many* others. It's *not* that all these people are connected to one another‚ÄĒit's that all are part of the many intertwining Trump-Ukraine metanarratives.

PS7/ In the future‚ÄĒand in this order of work-product‚ÄĒcitizen journalists, independent journalists, curatorial journalists, data journalists, and subject-matter expert analysts will collaborate to help us understand the news better than the current commercial media framework does.

PS8/ So I think @AaronBlake is clear to say @washingtonpost has "a" timeline of the Trump-Ukraine scandal‚ÄĒand it includes about 5% of what a comprehensive timeline would include‚ÄĒbut it's *never* right to give readers the impression they have a handle on something when they don't.

PS9/ Postmodernism weaponizes uncertainty by making it a dangerous status for anyone involved in a dialectic (a dispute of ideas in which one side must emerge victorious and vanquish the other). In metamodernism, not seeing the whole picture yet *isn't* something to be scared of.

PS10/ IOW, commercial media says "we got this"...when they don't. And they say that so you will buy their product. A post-postmodern journalist says, "We're working on this and doing the best we can‚ÄĒand you'll need to engage actively rather than passively to see the whole field."

NOTE/ Case in point! It's Jarosovich, not Janosavich. Comprehensive curations of complex events are done in real time‚ÄĒand the next generation of journalists will be *okay* admitting errors in real time even as they try to minimize them. More on Jarosovich: ‚Ķ

You can follow @SethAbramson.


Tip: mention @threader_app on a Twitter thread with the keyword ‚Äúcompile‚ÄĚ to get a link to it.

Enjoy Threader? Sign up.

Since you’re here...

... we’re asking visitors like you to make a contribution to support this independent project. In these uncertain times, access to information is vital. Threader gets 1,000,000+ visits a month and our iOS Twitter client was featured as an App of the Day by Apple. Your financial support will help two developers to keep working on this app. Everyone’s contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support Threader by becoming premium or by donating on PayPal. Thank you.