Politics, Moderate



Trump calls media 'stain on America,' but he keeps lying

By Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

Or, in Trump's case, an exercise in malicious deception. Another recent tweet: "Fake News CNN made a vicious and purposeful mistake yesterday. They were caught red handed, just like lonely Brian Ross at ABC News (who should be immediately fired for his 'mistake'). Watch to see if @CNN fires those responsible, or was it just gross incompetence?"

You'll notice in his weekend media critiques, Trump failed to mention a mistake Fox News made Friday. The network falsely reported that one of the women who has accused Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was in her teens had "forged" his signature in her yearbook.

Fox News tweeted a link to its story under the headline: "Roy Moore accuser admits she forged part of yearbook inscription attributed to Alabama Senate candidate." In reality, the woman said she had added notes -- including the date and Moore's then-title as district attorney, "D.A." -- beneath what she says is Moore's yearbook inscription and signature.

Fox News corrected its story and the headline, though Moore had already shared the original Fox News tweet and was using it to denounce his accuser.

Did Trump call Fox News "fake news"? Nope. Did Trump demand that whoever was responsible for inaccuracies in the story or headline be fired? Nope.

As has always been the case, Trump's cries of "Fake News" relate only to news he wants to be fake. No story that benefits him politically, praises him or reinforces his world-consuming ego -- no matter how false -- has ever been fake news.

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To that, I'm quite sure, Trump's devotees and the president himself would say: "Shut up, Rex, you're FAKE NEWS!"

And on and on we go, right down the rabbit hole.

It's sinister, but it would work a whole lot better if the man shrieking "Fake News!" wasn't such a demonstrable fake himself. Consider a mere sampling:

"President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!" -- LIE. Zero evidence that this happened.


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