President Trump is winning the Fake News wars.
And he has CNN, The Washington Post, ABC News and many others in media who continually provide him — and the American people — with mounds of indisputable evidence that they can no longer be trusted to deliver the news accurately and fairly.
Especially when it comes to covering a Republican administration.
Look no further than a series of botched news reports that were disseminated in an attempt to smear our president and his son Donald Trump Jr. this week by CNN and others whose “breaking news” stories are turning out to be “fake news.”
On Friday, CNN released a piece claiming Donald Trump Jr. received an email from WikiLeaks offering him access to hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee before they were made public. This, if it were true, would have advanced the false political narrative that the Trump campaign colluded with outside forces to sway an election. Turns out CNN had their dates — and facts — wrong.
Surprisingly, it was The Washington Post — not a pro-Trump outlet by any means — that corrected CNN’s error, pointing out WikiLeaks emailed Donald Trump Jr. after the hacked DNC emails had already been made public.
This, of course, set Trump off on a tweet storm yesterday. He accused the network of making a “vicious and purposeful” mistake.
It wasn’t the first time CNN got it wrong. Far from it. Last summer, the outlet had to fire three of its reporters over a false Trump report.
But that’s not the only outlet spreading fake news against the current administration. Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal also put out false stories this week claiming Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued a subpoena into Trump’s finances with Deutsche Bank. Both outlets had to issue corrections.
Also yesterday, Trump took to Twitter to blast Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel, who apologized for posting a picture of a nearly-empty arena in Pensacola, Fla., Friday night along with the caption “Packed to the rafters.” The problem? Photo and video evidence shows the arena was packed when Trump was on stage.
“@daveweigel of the Washington Post just admitted that his picture was a FAKE (fraud?) showing an almost empty arena last night for my speech in Pensacola when, in fact, he knew the arena was packed (as shown also on T.V.),” Trump wrote. “FAKE NEWS, he should be fired.”
The American people are paying attention. They see the overwhelming evidence that the national news media is radically stacked against the Trump administration. All the more reason for Americans to tread carefully when believing news reports these days.
Fake news is real. And with “Trump Derangement Syndrome” sweeping through newsrooms, it has become systemic.