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Monday, January 16, 2017

How to spot Fake News

Two words should tip a reader that a story about President Trump might be false.

"Sources say."

That's because the press has no sources in President Trump's inner circle.

The press does not have them because the press never developed them. He was going to lose. Why bother?

Now I want to make this clear: just because a story says "sources say" that does not mean the story is Fake News.

President Trump has been known to leak stories. Of course, all presidents do. I believe "Senior White House official" is one way reporters phrase it.

But in addition to the sin of slanting every story during the campaign, reporters seem to have neglected gaining the trust of anyone inside the inner circle where the decisions are made.

Trump has an iPhone and a Twitter account. He will use them to his advantage.

This does not mean that eventually reporters will not develop sources within the administration. But they are easily six months behind the eight ball.

And given the president's success in his war with the press, there seem to be little incentive right now for Republicans to cozy up to reporters.

Elections have consequences. This is the most consequential election since 1980. The press bet big against Trump. The press lost.

Or so sources say.


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  1. Any information given to the press other than what they can see with their own eyes should be considered aiding and abetting the enemy. - Elric

  2. That's been a trigger warning for me since Watergate.

  3. I'd say it's more like 19 months, Don, as he announced his candidacy June 16, 2015. Not to mention, that's a YUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE 8-ball their behinds are behind.

  4. "sources say", "studies say"=> "I think"

  5. If it's news, it's fake.

  6. Team Trump's message discipline is something to behold. Whether delivering a razor sharp zinger to the enemedia or "leaking" something that is really a "Look! A Squirrel!" misdirection is a hoot to watch.

  7. There's a marketing gimmick for you, Don.

    One of those eight-balls that you shake to get an answer. But in this case containing "Sources say...", plus variations of other Fakester phraseology.