President Jimmy Carter made waves this week when he told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, “I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about.”
This, naturally, made right-wingers jump up and yell, “See! Totally unfair! Fake news! Banana, banana, BANANA!”
To this, I say, “APPLE!” Um, I mean of course the media treats Trump differently. Trump is different. Trump ran on being different. He also ran on being tough, which makes me wonder why he’s so whiny and snowflakey.
Granted, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News all have devolved from news outlets into punditry platforms. They don’t cover important issues like the tax plan and health care the way they dwell on middle school playground issues like, “Ooo, did you hear what he said about you? He called you a dodo head! What you got to say about that?!”
But real journalists — most of them coming from or still at print-based organizations — are covering the issues and that makes them seem harder on Trump. When they seem hardest on Trump is when they use his exact, harsh words — mostly in the form of Tweets.
But while we’re comparing the treatment of Trump to the treatment of other presidents. let’s be sure to remember that: Continue reading
If you don’t know that the headline in the image above from the propagandists at YourNewsWire.com is untrue, there’s probably no point in reading any further. You’re hopelessly ignorant and can’t be helped at this point.
This obviously fake news story is spreading far and wide today. A Facebook friend posted the above link today. I knew they were conservative as well as Trump apologists and I know they hate “mainstream” media, but I had no idea their ignorance rose to this level. This is akin to believing that the Sandy Hook Massacre was staged as part of an effort to round up your guns.
We shouldn’t have to explain to people that there is not a child sex ring at the bottom of a D.C. pizza joint. We shouldn’t have to explain to people that NASA does not have a child slave colony on Mars. We shouldn’t have to explain to people that the Earth is more than 6,000 years old. We shouldn’t have to explain to people that James Fields, the 20-year-old white supremacist moron who drove the car in Saturday’s deadly Charlottesville attack, is not a Hillary Clinton supporter nor a pawn in some grand scheme to keep right-wingers from having freedom of speech — as the fake news story purports.
And unlike President Trump, who leveled blame on “many sides” Saturday, these kinds of baloney stories come primarily from one side — the far right. Ironically, they also come primarily from those who scream “fake news” at legitimate media while sharing easily disprovable propaganda as “evidence” against accurate reporting. These people are anti-science and anti-reason.
Unfortunately, these gullible people also vote — apparently in surprisingly large numbers based upon what happened in November of 2016.
There once was a despot named Putin
For Donald Trump he clearly was rootin’
So he assembled a team
And hatched up a scheme
To fool the fools who were doin’ the choosin’
We’ll invent a few stories to start
Even try to make him look smart
If he appears to be bruised
We’ll call it “fake news”
And summon our friends at Breitbart
Alex Jones will lie with impunity
And El Rushbo will scare the community
We’ll feed the insanity
With the aid of Sean Hannity
And make sure that Mike Flynn has immunity
With the help of Devin Nunes
Who sits on the lap of the prez
We’ll keep on disputin’
Any connection to Putin
And deny anything the New York Times says
Without Hillary life is much sweeter
That’s why I had to defeat her
I needed no spies
Just had to spread lies
To those who believe in a Tweeter
With them in an ignorant haze
Their demise is a matter of days
It won’t be from fake news
But the starvation they choose
After tossing all their microwaves.