What's fake is the lies and spin from the White House and the president's people
In a perfect example of "fake news" of his own creation, Trump tweeted last weekend about a meeting he had with A.G. Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times. In the tweet, he said, "Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of fake news being put out by the media and how (it) has morphed into phrase 'enemy of the People.' Sad."
What is sad is how wrong Trump got it. Sulzberger had to correct the president with a statement that said, in part, "I told the president directly that I thought his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous. I told him that although the phrase 'fake news' is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists 'the enemy of the people' and that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists that will lead to violence."
Sulzberger added, "I emphasized that if President Trump, like previous presidents, was upset with coverage of his administration, he was free to tell the world. I made it clear that I was not asking him to soften his attack on The Times if he felt our coverage was unfair. Instead, I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are harmful to our country."
In his typically childish name-calling manner, Trump later tweeted, "The failing New York Times and the Amazon Washington Post do nothing but write bad stories even on positive achievements and they will never change."
So here we have an example of how the president misreads the gist of a meeting and tries to put untrue words into the mouth of a journalist. If he got this wrong, I hate to think what he got wrong in his private meeting with Putin. Interesting that we're seeing different versions of the meeting coming from Trump and Putin and, crazy as this sounds, many Americans believe Putin over Trump.
It's clear to me that the real "fake news" is coming from the White House, whose occupant has repeatedly and demonstrably lied to us about things ranging from his tax returns to porn stars, who's paying for the wall (we taxpayers, it seems), tax breaks for the middle class (and enormous tax breaks for the super-rich), jobs coming back to Harley Davidson and Carrier, and on and on and on...
Although we're getting tired of all the fake news coming from the administration, we are not accepting it as truth and we remain thankful that the media help with accurate reporting and fact-checking.
We will not be bamboozled, and we have the media to thank for that.