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Sunday, February 19, 2017

This week in Fake News

Fake News dominated the news cycles in the last week as the news media blindly accepted as fact anything that discredited the duly elected 45th president of the United States.

It's almost as if there were a virus of bias against Donald John Trump among reporters.

From the Associated Press:
Trump weighs mobilizing 100,000 National Guard troops for immigration roundups
Except for the part where Trump knew nothing of a draft memo, that the memo made no mention of 100,000 troops, and that the Border Patrol does not do roundups, the report was almost true.

AP stood by its report 100%.

But, hey, Fake News never comes from the mainstream press, right?

From NBC:
U.S. intelligence has collected information that Russia is considering turning over Edward Snowden as a "gift" to President Donald Trump — who has called the NSA leaker a "spy" and a "traitor" who deserves to be executed.
That's according to a senior U.S. official who has analyzed a series of highly sensitive intelligence reports detailing Russian deliberations and who says a Snowden handover is one of various ploys to "curry favor" with Trump. A second source in the intelligence community confirms the intelligence about the Russian conversations and notes it has been gathered since the inauguration.
The deal must have fallen through when Trump demanded Russia take Rosie O'Donnell in exchange.

From the Associated Press:
Presidential adviser Stephen Miller peddled discredited theories about voter fraud during a round of TV appearances Sunday that won praise from his boss but brought no new evidence to light.
Three days earlier in the New York Times: "Illegal Voting Gets Texas Woman 8 Years in Prison, and Certain Deportation." To be fair, maybe after three days it is not "new evidence."

From the Washington Post:
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Friday night that his Republican Senate colleagues privately express “great concern” about President Trump's temperament, and he joked about the GOP eventually impeaching Trump.
Yes because when it comes to people that Republicans confide in, no one quite beats a Democratic senator who wants to be the next president.

From the Hill:
Dominican newspaper El Nacional on Friday printed a photo of Alec Baldwin doing his impression of President Trump on “Saturday Night Live” in an article about Trump and Israel.
I know, all Anglos look the same.

From the Washington Post:
The White House still isn’t open for tours — and Congress is getting annoyed
Hours later from Fox News, "Melania Trump announces White House to reopen for public tours." Maybe the Washington Post should have waited until the White House got back to them.

From the New York Times:
Freelance journalist Jenni Monet has been covering the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline and the ongoing protests opposing the $3.8 billion project since September of 2016.
She freelanced for "The Center for Investigative Reporting, High Country News and Yes! Magazine." To be fair, her coverage of the protest showed as much objectivity as anyone at the New York Times.

What he really said:
“Everybody has their own choice,” Brady said regarding whether players should go to the White House. “There’s certain years, like a couple years ago, I wanted to go and didn’t get the opportunity based on the schedule — we didn’t get told until I think like 10 days before we were going, and at that point I had something I’d been planning for months and couldn’t get there. . . . It really is a great experience. Putting politics aside, it never was a political thing. At least, it never was to me. It meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team, with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice. It’s an offseason. These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends, and if people don’t want to go they don’t want to go and that’s their choice.”
Could have been worse. Could have quoted him as saying, “Everybody go.”

From Reuters:
U.S. immigration authorities have detained a 23-year-old Mexican man who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and given a work permit during the Obama administration, according to a lawsuit challenging the detention in Seattle federal court.
Poor little Dreamer turned out to be a gang-banger.

From Us magazine:
Melania Trump Is ‘Miserable’ as First Lady, ‘Unhappy With How Her Life Ended Up’
'None' of those 'Quotes' came from her.

What a great week for Fake News.

By the way, El Nacional was the only publication or news outlet to apologize for its mistake.

El Nacional still has more credibility than CNN. Faint praise, I know.

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  1. Muggeridge's law should be ammended to apply to the press itself rather that the events it covers for times like this.
    Scott Adams is right. Everyone sees the world as if it were a movie made up in their own minds. In the case of the press the script is written by The Onion, and they can't tell the difference.

  2. Again I must turn to the great Joe Jackson's song Sunday Papers:

    "Well I got NUTHIN against the press
    They wouldn't print it if it wasn't true"

    And his voice is absolutely a geyser of sarcasm and disgust.

    Your masks have been removed, you guys. As Glenn Reynolds likes to say, you're Democrat operatives with bylines. You should be ashamed...but because you're Democrats, you won't be.

  3. Lying about politics has led to lying about trivialities:

  4. So much for the Logan Act bullshit.

    By the way. Has ANYONE ever been prosecuted under it?

    1. The answer is no.

    2. The article implies the motivation for the investigation of Flynn was political, but doesn't address the $64 question of why the FBI investigators felt the need to conduct such a thorough interview of Flynn. Well here's my answer: the FBI interrogated Flynn in the hope he would say something they could spin as a lie, a la Scooter Libby, so they could accuse him of obstruction of justice. Apparently Flynn did not fall into their trap and said nothing they could twist to make it look like a lie. That's my explanation. Of course, all the same Logan Act horse manure is being sold today on the Sunday TV interview shows as the Dems try to turn this nothing burger into another Watergate scandal.

  5. When none of your actions have negative consequence for yourself,you do whatever you want. This is a common characteristic of those who inherited great wealth. They rarely hear the word no.
    The press or media are centered in New York and CA where there are dense liberal populations to be mined. They really don't care about Trump voters as listeners or readers except perhaps those who can be provoked by fear implied in the substance of some lie to tune in. Being libs themselves they are righteous and selfish so easily satisfied with their own actions. After all their high priest, the NYT, has proclaimed Fake news or just lying to be not only an approved professional ethic but the Only One. As a group of loyal servants They suffer not and neither do their masters.

  6. The only thing I find Al Franken funny at is the way he looks. And that is barely amusing.

    1. "Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Friday night that his Republican Senate colleagues privately express “great concern” about President Trump's temperament, and he joked about the GOP eventually impeaching Trump.
      Yes because when it comes to people that Republicans confide in, no one quite beats a Democratic senator who wants to be the next president."

      This from a guy warming a seat in the senate that he acquired by well-documented Voter Fraud.

  7. One of the most amazing things about this is how nobody in the media seems self-aware enough to think we news consumers might have noticed how they spent 8 years kissing Obama's ass, but now criticize Trump every time he breathes and run with every stupid rumor and leak they can get their hands on.

    It shows an unbelievable disdain for your audience, your ostensible customers. But then we aren't really the customers, as it turns out... the Democrats are.

    Got it.

  8. Don, I really don't know how you keep track of this #oldmedia nonsense. The accounting smackdows in the books are even more mind blowing It's a good thing that you serve as the flag throwing referee for us.

    My favorite DonPhrase this week: "PrintBoy"

  9. You are getting promoted on the Book Thread on Ace of Spades today, Don.