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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Grading Trump's Fake News Awards

President Trump unveiled his Fake News Awards tonight after an hourlong glitch by Republicans. Earlier today, I received my manuscript back from the book editor for "Fake News Follies of 2017," which I will publish next month.

Let's see how Trump did.

Via Legal Insurrection, the awards are:

1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.

My comment: Krugman was more Enron advisor than Nobel-winning economist (he's both) in the wee hours after the election, writing:
“It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover?
“Frankly, I find it hard to care much, even though this is my specialty. The disaster for America and the world has so many aspects that the economic ramifications are way down my list of things to fear.
“Still, I guess people want an answer: If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.
“Under any circumstances, putting an irresponsible, ignorant man who takes his advice from all the wrong people in charge of the nation with the world’s most important economy would be very bad news. What makes it especially bad right now, however, is the fundamentally fragile state much of the world is still in, eight years after the great financial crisis.”
Good call by President Trump.

2. ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.

My comment: On December 1, Mueller forced retired army lieutenant general Michael Flynn to agree to plead guilty to lying to the FBI. Brian Ross of ABC News told the world the sky was falling on President Trump. He reported that Flynn would testify against Trump. Ross stated that as a candidate, Trump told Flynn to contact Russians.

The stock market panicked. Within minutes, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 350 points. Liberals rejoiced.

But ABC quickly saw its thrill of victory turn into the agony of defeat.

Brian Ross lied.

Good call by President Trump.

3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.

My comment: Several others including NBC also made this false report. To date, no one has outed the sources that lied to them. As long as the media protects liars, expect more lies -- and less credibility.

Good call by President Trump.

4. TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.

My comment: Too small a mistake to bother with. The reporter corrected it within minutes. Stick to the big issues. Leave the small stuff to me.

Bad call by President Trump.

5. Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.

My comment: The reporter corrected it within an hour or so, but the incident shows that the Washington Post is obsessed with bring the duly elected president of the United States down. Maybe not the worst of the Fake News, but it is genuinely fake.

Good call by President Trump, but not a Top Ten forgery.

6. CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding.

My comment: Yuge.

President Trump had a great Asian tour highlighted by a stirring speech to a worried South Korean parliament, and the signing of a memo of understanding for a quarter-trillion dollars in investment by the Chinese in America.

CNN and other outlets deliberately ignored the highlights of the tour in favor of Fake News.

Good call by President Trump.

7. CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”

My comment: The worse case of Trumphobia at CNN. Jeff Zucker showed he is a weasel who will do anything for ratings except deliver real news. 

Good call by President Trump.

8. Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.

My comment: President Duda called Newsweek and CNN out on this. So much for CNN being the world leader in news.

Good call by President Trump. He should have added CNN.

9. CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.

My comment: One of the most precious moments in journalism last year. CNN was sure Comey's testimony would lead to Trump's impeachment. Instead, Comey (fearing Trump had a recording) told the truth and exonerated the president.

Good call by President Trump.

10. The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.

My comment: A minor matter that was humorous. In August, the Times said the administration hid this report -- only to discover after publication that the report had been online since January.

Good call by President Trump.

11. And last, but not least: “RUSSIA COLLUSION!” Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!

My comment: The Hoax Dossier should lead to the prosecution of Obama administration officials. Instead, Bobby Mueller wants to prosecute the victim.

As FBI director he cost taxpayers a $5.8 million settlement with the man he falsely accused in the anthrax case, and whom Mueller hounded for seven years. Mueller should not have a law license, much less a government job.

Good call by President Trump.

I can think of a dozen examples that could make this list (and they are in the book) but Trump and his staff did a good job. If you take out the busted bust story, you have an excellent Top 10.

The sad thing is there are so many examples of the news media in America manufacturing news stories to make the president look bad.

Mistakes happen. These are not mistakes. These are attempts at character assassination.

There are many good journalists in the land, but we have never had a press filed with so many filthy liars. And they are. With the exception of the bust, these are nasty lies invented by Democrats and fed to reporters to mock and ridicule the president. They endanger the very institution of the Fourth Estate with their recklessness.

Well, mother said never write in anger so I shall stop here.


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  1. What is sad is that so many actually believe the media's narrative.

    1. People on the left have to believe the media. It's the only way they can sustain their kooky world view. When confronted with real information, leftist usually walk away with glazed looks on their faces.

  2. "They endanger the very institution of the Fourth Estate with their recklessness."

    Far worse is that they undercut our NATION. Will someone please tell these twerps that their vote is INCLUDED in "one man - one Vote"?

    They don't get to personally decide the outcome, no matter what their childish egos tell them.

  3. Mr Surber, Sir.
    Your Mother was a wise woman. Her son is pretty ok, too.

  4. Noticeably absent from the list are the many outrageous lies the press told and circulated as "news" about Trump personally and about his family. I suppose he avoided mentioning any of them so he could not be accused of being petty, but I think he would have been thoroughly justified in listing a couple of them. Perhaps he keeps a second, private list of press lies that he will disclose once his second term as president comes to a close.

  5. This is how the enemedia got their name, and why it has earned our dislike and distrust.

  6. In true “winning” fashion, team Trump couldn’t manage to deliver more than a 404 error for over an hour. Faux News reported it was because it so incredibly popular the “website” crashed. Roger Ailes would more than have appreciated the he wistfully missed being the king of Faux News from his place in torment.

  7. Donald Trump heard this...and became the champion.

    -Mikey NTH

  8. Well, 2018 has started......

    All I heard on the radio driving around today was President Trump is 6'2" and not 6'3" as the WH physician claimed. Why? Because he's LYING and is really an inch shorter. That makes him obese, and likely to fall over at any minute. The media was all over that fact, and pounded over and over again that the US cannot risk an obese POTUS.

    The punch line came from Rush -

    Just a week or so it was clear that the MSM's preferred Presidential candidate is....wait for it....


    1. When they delve deeply into minutia it means they cannot bear to see the bigger picture. It is like a "self-therapy".

      -Mikey NTH

  9. I think Trump missed a great opportunity to call the fake news awards "The Falsies." A big titty shaped trophy that would go to the biggest fake news "Boob." I'd give it to that schmuck Jim Acosta at CNN.

  10. The MLK bust thing wasn't really so trivial, because it was an engineered mistake by a reporter, not an honest one. The reporter was -so sure- he would find incompetence or malfeasance in the Oval Office that he saw exactly what he wanted to see, and ran with it without a second thought. This is prejudice and bigotry. A prejudiced bigot has no business passing himself off as any kind of reporter, and no press organization should employ such a deliberately incompetent person. Because all that they'll get out of that is ... fake news. And they seem to be OK with that. And publicizing that failure by the MSM is the point of these awards.

  11. Trump needs to award his Fake News awards annually, and as part of turning them into an annual event, he needs to find a catchy name.

    I propose “The Walter Duranty Awards” or “The Walters” for short. That way it could cover the other notorious presstitute, Walter Cronkite.

    Steve in Greensboro

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  13. The lies get out and the truth never recovers. The MLK bust removal falsehood eventually got corrected but not before it infected innocent minds with the meme that Trump was a racist and reinforced the trope that leftists had been peddling.

  14. Propaganda is to news as instruction is to education.

  15. 2017 was the year the "press" ripped off its mask of objectivity and said, "Yes, you Deplorables, we really are a bunch of Proggies, so whatta you going to do about it?"

    1. It's 24/7 BS from the "Democrat Operatives posing as journalists".

  16. With all due respect Mr. Surber, they can't die soon enough. Yesterday would be fine.
    The history of the "press" is replete with lies, scandal, and baldfaced advocacy for the bought-and-paid-for "journalist's" propaganda through the centuries. I refer you to Dr. Samuel Johnson and Mr. G. K. Chesterton, among others.

    "A more wretched hive of scum and villainy...."

  17. Remember Reed Irvine's Accuracy In Media (AIM) newsletter? Like NR, Human Events, Conservative Chronicle, and a host of other things my Dad ordered and never read, I did. One thing I learned is that the press has no trouble whatsoever with lying. They are worse than lawyers. The trick is reaching more people more quickly with the lie and getting the immediate effect of the lie that anyone refuting it. And overwhelming the person refuting the lies with their sheer volume. And while a few people are reading the refutation, they are already off on the next lie. The work never ends because they never stop lying.

    In fact, the profuseness of the lies is part of the strategy. When the you have the opposition spending a lot of energy refuting lies that is energy they don't spend on an agenda of their own. This is one reason Trump plays the Twitter game he does so well. He turns the tables on this strategy.

    This is also one of the reasons the press and the left hate the alt-right movement so much. The AR doesn't spend a lot of time responding. Developing a mindset of contempt for the opposition (which is actually only a mirror of the contempt of the left) means the development of an immunity to whatever they say. The point is not to engage the arguments of the left (which are forever changing) but to destroy it, even if it means simply forcing them to see you.

    The truth matters not one whit. You can see it in the measly post above by Nonnyass. (He'd be better off not even responding to a post like this one, but sometimes he can't help herself.)

    They have the bucks and the platforms. They are slowly losing some of this advantage, but for now they still have them, so the methodology remains unchanged.

    You are the one speaking truth to power. The press is the power. And they lie their asses off.

    1. Love your posts Doc.

      I spent a part of my business/computer career working with Auditors. Lots of things "fall through the cracks", and they're not found until later. The problem we all see with the current media is the race to get it first as opposed to getting it right.

      In the early 1980's best seller 'Megatrends', John Naisbitt wrote that we would be getting information faster and cheaper then ever thought possible. He noted that in the end, CREDIBILITY would be the determining factor as to who succeeds and who fails - what my high school journalism teacher had pointed out 15 years earlier. His book proved to be spot on.

      People come to this site because Don has established cred. He is wrong at times - we all are. The issue is whether we acknowledge it, modify, and move on.

      I am fairly well read about US history and politics in the 20th and 21 century. What President Trump is doing is nothing short of jaw dropping. He is returning the 3 branches of government back to their rightful functions (he is not the power hungry tyrant he is accused of being - that was Obama). He makes room for his cabinet members, giving them direction, taking the heat, and leaving them alone to run their agencies as they see fit. Successful private businesses delegate and respect workers. For the first time I know of, now the Federal government is doing the same. (And special kudos to COS General Kelley.)

      A month after I started following the election I realized that the real thing that scared the Dems and RINO's was prosperity. I know a President Trump would bring that back. In speeches I heard him remark - "it's so easy". Yes, the policy part was, starting with cutting nonsensical regulations. But a leader that holds his/her position because they believe it's right is not easy to find. Teddy did. Harry did. Ike did. And Ronald did. In between has ranged from not-so-good to disastrous.

      Most people I run into don't follow politics. They only know that their lives are getting better. Adults no longer worry about getting laid-off, so the backbiting between workers has been curtailed as has excessive pressure at work. People are looking at raises, and opportunities to take a position elsewhere for more money and advancement. Just the other day I heard an economics professor at my local college tell a radio interviewer that graduates in areas of hard skills are having no problem finding good, well-paying jobs.

      All that matters is people quality of life. We will see that at the ballot box in 2018, 2020 and beyond. Donald Trump has turned politics around, and a Republican / Conservative direction will be dominant for at least the next 40 years.

      - Ken

  18. I love this part from Krugman.

    “Under any circumstances, putting an irresponsible, ignorant man who takes his advice from all the wrong people in charge of the nation with the world’s most important economy would be very bad news."

    Projection from Krugman because that is a perfect description of Obungler. It is why we had the most anemic "recovery" of the post WWII years. Compare Trump's first year with any of Obumbler's eight years. Not even close. Oblunder's advisors? He had the fewest number of business people than any recent administration. Capitalism versus Marxism. Capitalism wins every time. - GOC