Trump only has a problem with “fake news” when it doesn’t advance his egotistical interests — like his many “fake news” tweets do.
It is rather ironic that President-elect Donald Trump blasted Jim Acosta, a news reporter for CNN, during Wednesday’s press conference for his affiliation with a media organization that, as far as Trump was concerned, peddles in “fake news.”
Ironic, and pretty damn hypocritical.
The animus of Mr. Trump’s frustration was driven by the suggestion of a recent Buzzfeed and CNN report alleging that the president-elect hired prostitutes to perform golden showers for him. As it turns out, the evidence marshaled to support the story was insufficient.
This isn’t the first time that Trump has pounced on the media for the kinds of coverage they’ve given him since his leap from business mogul to politician. This is the first time that he has been right about a media outlet getting a story wrong.
However, what’s that old saying? It’s like the pot calling the kettle black. In other words, who is Donald Trump to criticize any news organization for misinforming readers when his Twitter feed is literally littered with fake news stories masquerading as credible citations? Furthermore, the issue Mr. Trump has with this most recent “fake news” is not that it’s an unholy fabrication or fudging of the truth, but that this particular fabrication does not advance the egotistical interests of Mr. Trump.
The fact of the matter is that Donald Trump is drawn to fake news sites like flies to excrement. Aside from the serious allegations being weighed in this post-election period about pro-Trump supporters distributing fabricated news stories to help their candidate win the presidential election — all with the unspoken blessing of the real estate tycoon — Mr. Trump has used his platform on Twitter to pander and lend credence to fake news sources.
We’ve collected a few of them for you here. Take a look at these 5 examples of Donald Trump tweeting “fake news.”
1. The link to the bombastic claim of this fake news site is no longer available. But the gist of it, judging by Mr. Trump’s tweet, is crystal clear. According to Prntly, presidential candidate Donald Trump was so popular with blue-collar workers along the Rust Belt that he was statistically outperforming arguably the greatest progressive Democratic president in American political history, Franklin Roosevelt.
NEW POLL: Trump Blue Collar Support highest since FDR in 1930s–WOW! http://t.co/fnRIXJWCVf
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2015
2. Apparently, our president-elect thought it was relevant to tweet an article by an author who goes by the covert name Agent 54, a “regular guy” with a “sense of humor and active imagination,” on a fake game show about Monica Lewinsky, hosted by — get ready — “Stink Fartinmale.” Yeah. You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2015
3. Technically, Trump is not tweeting “fake news” in this next example. However, by retweeting James Bergkamp or @keksec_org’s comment, which is clearly laced and compromised by white supremacist notions, Trump knowingly pandered to this false narrative of immigration as a leading cause of “white genocide.”
Moreover, according to Fortune, Trump made up to 75 retweets of these sorts of emotive and erroneous sentiments served up by white supremacists.
— Jason Bergkamp 🦁 (@keksec__org) March 15, 2016
4. For a rational human being, the inflated featured image coupled with the fictive, crime-novel-inspired subtitle, “5 Mysterious Deaths in the Last 6 Weeks,” of this news source would have raised some serious red flags. Unfortunately, we’re not talking about a rational human being. We’re talking about Donald Trump, a man who was so desperate and anxious to find the latest, dirtiest scoop on his former political opponent Hillary Clinton that he was willing to trudge to the edge of pseudo-media hell to get it.
5. I mean, come on, now. The man referred his followers to a “fake news” media site to defend himself against “fake news.” What else can we possibly say? What are you supposed to do with thinking like that?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Editor’s Note: The sensitive nature of presenting a listicle of tweets published by President-elect Donald Trump that purports to expose the hypocrisies of his recent remarks to CNN reporter Jim Acosta requires that we make a full disclosure to our readers of how we determined that the information in Mr. Trump’s tweets were sourced from fabricated news stories.
Although it’s true that Buzzfeed has gotten a bad rap for its content, and Trump lambasted the news organization for running the Russia/”Golden Shower” piece, the efforts of this media site to produce serious content by making former Politico writer Ben Smith its Editor-in-Chief lends authenticity to the most in-depth analysis of news diet undergirding Donald Trump’s posting habits produced so far: “Here’s Where Donald Trump Gets His News.” Don’t just take our word for it. Click the link and read the story for yourself. Other sources consulted include The Palmer Report and The Washington Post.