Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive! – Sir Walter Scott
FoxNews.com reports that
President Trump on Sunday slammed “the Fake News Media,” which he called “out of control,” after a string of major errors in reporting on his presidency emerged over the past week.
“Very little discussion of all the purposely false and defamatory stories put out this week by the Fake News Media,” he tweeted. “They are out of control – correct reporting means nothing to them.”
The president continued, “Major lies written, then forced to be withdrawn after they are exposed…a stain on America!”
Trump’s comments came after a Washington Post reporter tweeted a misleading photo about the crowd size at Friday’s rally in Pensacola, Fla., during which Trump took aim at ABC News’ Brian Ross and CNN.
In a now-deleted tweet, the Post’s Dave Weigel posted a photo of a half-empty arena to mock Trump for saying the rally was “packed to the rafters.”
But that photo was not taken while Trump was speaking. Trump tweeted photos showing the arena when it was full.
“.@daveweigel @washingtonpost put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousands of people outside, on their way in,” he tweeted. “Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!”
Weigel tweeted, “Sure thing: I apologize,” saying he deleted the photo after another reporter informed him he had “gotten it wrong.”
“It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Post. I deleted it after like 20 minutes. Very fair to call me out,” Weigel said in another tweet.
Trump later called for Weigel to be fired.
Earlier at the Friday rally itself, Trump slammed ABC News’ Brian Ross.
“They took this fraudster from ABC — they suspended him for a month,” he said. “They should have fired him for what he wrote.”
Ross was suspended for four weeks without pay after he reported that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had been directed by Trump — when he was a candidate for president — to make contact with the Russians. ABC News later corrected the report to note that the order to Flynn came when Trump was already president-elect.
Trump also said Friday that CNN had apologized “just a little while ago” for a reporting error.
“They apologized! Oh thank you, CNN. Thank you so much. You should have been apologizing for the last two years,” he said.
CNN had to correct a story that suggested the Trump campaign, including Donald Trump Jr., had been tipped off early about hacked DNC emails from WikiLeaks when it later emerged that the alert was about material already publicly available.
CNN responded, “CNN’s initial reporting of the date on an email sent to members of the Trump campaign about Wikileaks documents, which was confirmed by two sources to CNN, was incorrect. We have updated our story to include the correct date, and present the proper context for the timing of email.”
No disciplinary action will be taken in the matter, a CNN official said in a tweet.
On Saturday, Trump accused CNN of “a vicious and purposeful mistake.”
Last May, Foxnews.com reported that
Nearly two-thirds of Americans think the mainstream press is full of “fake news,” according to the latest Harvard-Harris poll.
65 percent of voters believe there is a significant amount of fake news in the mainstream media, and the sentiment is held by a majority of voters across the ideological spectrum.
80 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 53 percent of Democrats reflected this distrust of the media.
84 percent of voters said it is hard to know what news to believe online.
The Harvard-Harris online survey of 2,006 registered voters was conducted between May 17 and May 20.
With all of the MSM’s recent “mistakes”, it is a certainty that those numbers have fallen even more.
The Main Stream Media has gotten so desperate to bring down President Donald J. Trump that they have continued their strategy of publishing unsubstantiated lie after unsubstantiated lie in order to assuage their own still hurt feelings over their failure to aid lousy Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton in her quest to become the 45th President of the United States of America.
The depth of their grief and the blind rage of their ensuing temper tantrum has, without a doubt, wiped out any vestiges of journalistic integrity that remained after decades of being the Propaganda Arm of the Democratic Party.
I can remember my late Daddy (Southern colloquialism for male parental unit) bring home the National Enquirer, the Star, and even the Weekly World News from the grocery store , to read with his morning coffee.
Compared to the anonymous source-driven lies that have continuously been peddled by the Main Stream Media over the past year about our 45th President, The Weekly World News’ legendary stores about “Batboy”, in retrospect, now seem like Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalism.
The good news is that the majority of Americans, no matter what the Democrat-heavy polls continue to say, are now not buying the B.S. that the MSM is selling.
President Trump figured out a long time ago will never be able to please the Main Stream Media.
Nor should he ever have to.
The Presidency of the United States of America is the most important leadership position on the Face of God’s Green Earth.
The Main Stream Media knows that.
The problem is the Main Stream Media refuses to end their conniption fit (Southern colloquialism for being upset over something to the point of insanity) over the election of Donald J. Trump by us “rubes” here in Flyover Country.
The Main Stream Media not only lost their meal ticket with the defeat of the Queen of Mean, Hillary Clinton, but they also faced the reality of being “punked” for at least four years by Donald J. Trump, who, for the past year, has treated them like a school of Largemouth Bass, baiting the hook with the promise of a big announcement or story, causing them to pack the room wherever Trump was speaking, only to find out that they had been used to gain free publicity for Mr. Trump and whatever cause he was trying to forward that day.
He also refuses to play nice with them when they slander him.
Trump has made the Media look tremendously naïve and stupid on several occasions, in scenes reminiscent of Lucy Van Pelt promising to hold the football for Charlie Brown to kick, only to pull it away at the last minute leaving a helpless Charlie Brown to wipe out, tumbling head over heels.
Additionally, The Main Stream Media are no longer in control of the dissemination of the news…and they know it.
Principled reporters, such as the late Andrew Breitbart and Michelle Malkin, turned up the heat on the MSM, by providing an alternative source through which Americans could receive news, unfiltered by those in the Halls of Power.
Unfortunately for the MSM , as 2016 Presidential Campaign and the first year of President Trump’s First Term have shown, and as I have documented along the way, Americans have become our own “reporters” thanks to the “New Media”.
Americans are now living in a time when the Main Stream Media’s blatant propaganda is no longer believed at face value, as the evidence which refutes appears daily through live videos and photographs being shared on Facebook and other Social Media.
And, like the little Dutch Boy, the MSM does not know which hole to plug, in the leaking dam, first.
Just like the Internet Trolls, who invade Facebook Political Pages and Political Websites, in order to disrupt conversation and call attention to themselves, the MSM, through the creation of their own facts, has permanently damaged their own credibility, quite probably beyond all repair.
Because, to put it quite simply, once you torque off the American Public, you never get them back.
Just ask the Dixie Chicks….and the NFL.
Until He Comes,