Media proves ‘Fake News’ is real in 2017

President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence deliver a statement on Jerusalem | December 6, 2017 (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

Most false news went one direction: against Trump

Mainstream media, including ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, New York Times and Washington Post, proved “Fake News” is real throughout 2017. They are among some of the leading outlets that said or published their assertions of truth without the slightest regard for evidentiary journalistic standards. It’s not surprising that Washington Post reporter David Weigel was caught posting a photo of empty seats in a tweet falsely portraying empty seats at the Pensacola Bay Center for President Trump’s speech there Friday evening. The photo was taken before the venue was filled up.

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Frankly, millions of Americans are tired of these media outlets demanding our respect. They play the game of political correctness, implying that one must be ignorant and not worthy of patriotism to reject or discredit their reporting.

Last week, ABC News suspended their renowned reporter Brian Ross for his false report that President Donald Trump had instructed his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, to contact Russian officials during the presidential race in 2016. The report was false. As rightly so, Trump’s instruction to Flynn came after he was in office.

Ross’s suspension was just icing on the cake for the account that virtually every fake story they released goes in one direction: to be as provocative and damaging to President Trump as possible. But the problem for the media is that as some point, once these false reporting “errors” become so numerous toward advancing the same agenda, they cease looking like just mistakes.

President Donald J. Trump meets with business leaders and their families in the White House, Dec. 6, 2017. (White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

No matter our views on those politics and controversies, it has to be recognized that when the American media is constantly churning out so much false news, it can become a serious threat to our freedoms and democracy.

Just last week, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and others, erroneously reported that Deutsche Bank received a subpoena from Robert Mueller’s special investigative counsel demanding President Trump’s financial records. The story was false.

In June, the media took a blow when three reporters from CNN were forced to resign after their fake news about a pre-inaugural meeting between Russia and the Trump team had to be retracted. Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtblau, and Lex Haris were identified as those who resigned after their article appeared on CNN’s website last Thursday but was removed the following evening.

CNN apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, a Trump transition team member, who was falsely reported to be involved in a meeting with a Russian investment fund member.

“I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime.” –CNN Sr. Producer John Bonifield

Even more evidence against CNN’s fake news bias was revealed in video footage supplied by Project Veritas showing a Sr. Producer admitting to their deceptive reporting. John Bonifield  is caught on tape saying the CNN narrative is mostly made up about Russian collusion with the Trump administration, stating, “I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime.”

Bonifield confirms that CNN staff is ideologically biased against Trump, stating, “I know a lot of people don’t like him and they’d like to see him get kicked out of office…I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me…you have no real proof.”

CNN was one of several establishment media channels that spread fake news about a study on Russian influence efforts in the United States. CNN cited the study, from the Oxford Internet Institute, to show that fake news targeted swing states during election week. It later was proven these news outlets omitted facts and mislead readers toward false narratives.

CNN was one of the first outlets to indicate the ill-reputed report on the anti-Trump dossier was initially funded by a Republican donor. False again. The opposition research firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, had contracted with Republican donor Paul Singer for research on candidates including Trump, but that was unrelated to the controversial dossier.

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit Japan where CNN fake news reports were alive and well.  | November 6, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

During President Trump’s visit to Japan last month, CNN instigated two lies about the president. The first falsehood was that Trump stupid for feeding Japanese koi fish by peevishly pouring out his entire box of fish food. CNN zoomed in close on Trump while he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were feeding the fish, giving the impression to show the president making an embarrassing mistake. The full video, however, showed that Trump followed Prime Minister’s lead and only scattered the contents from his box after his host had done the same.

In the second false narrative that CNN spread during Trump’s Japan visit, the network took the president’s words out of context to make him appear unaware of the fact that Japan makes cars in the United States.

Just last Friday, CNN bungled another hyped “bombshell” when they reported that Donald Trump Jr. and the Trump campaign had received advanced access to stolen emails published by WikiLeaks. The story was debunked later that day.

Following are other examples of mainstream media stories that had to be “retracted” or “corrected” this past year. In many cases, the false stories received far more attention for long periods of time, before they were revealed to be true—with minimum consideration in their corrections.

  • Literally every facet of last December’s Washington Post was false about their story that  Russian hackers had hacked into the “U.S. electricity grid” through a Vermont utility. Russia hacked into the U.S. electric grid to deprive Americans of heat during winter (Wash Post).
  • In September, after ESPN commentator Jemele Hill deemed Trump as a “white supremacist” in a tweet,
  • The Guardian reported that WikiLeaks has a long, documented relationship with Russian President Putin (Guardian).
  • A secret server between President Trump and a Russian bank has been discovered (Slate).
  • Crowdstrike discovers that the Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app (Crowdstrike).
  • Links have been found between Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci and a Russian investment fund under investigation (CNN)

 

Real journalists should have the credibility to earn their respect, not demand it.  Americans are wising up to MSNBC and other outlets’ long list of hopeless humiliations, in which untrue stories are published to plaudits, traffic and other rewards, only to fall apart upon minimal scrutiny. When the mainstream media subject themselves to such consequential inaccuracies as they presented the past few years, they have to take responsibility for it by submitting to transparency and accountability. Their errors will not just fade away.

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