Lies and Damned Lies. What Is #FakeNews In the Age Of Trump?

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Author: streiff RedState

Ever since November 9 we’ve been bombarded by assurances that #FakeNews is the bane of Western Civilization. I’m not really sure what actually constitutes #FakeNews in the eyes of the media but what is abundantly clear is that, from their perspective, they never perpetrate hoaxes. They merely make honest mistakes and we need to deal with that. #FakeNews is what people like, say RedState do.

Let me give you an example.

On inauguration day, a press pool was invited into the White House to see the redecoration. One of the members was Time’s Zeke Miller. I couldn’t pick Miller out of a two-man line up but what is blatantly obvious is that he went into the White House with a set agenda: find something that made Trump look bad. And he did. He tweeted that the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. had been removed. And because he was making reports as part of a press pool, the story was picked up and spread like wildfire.

A half hour later, Miller corrected his report.

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Note who he didn’t express his apologies to. That would be the guy he maligned.

It is difficult to attribute Miller’s tweet to anything other than maliciousness. He had an agenda. He thought the King bust was removed. He didn’t ask. He simply tweeted an allegation that can be taken in no other way than an attempt to paint Trump as a racist of some variety. As the saying goes, a lie travels around the world while the truth is pulling its boots on. In that half hour between Miller’s original tweet and his correction, the missing MLK bust became a sensation. And many people will never have seen the correction, they will simply remember the original story.

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