Fake news constitutes either a gross bias on the part of the media, a bias that would be extreme to the degree that the news is twisted into an untruth, or a bias that is driven by a deliberate lack of coverage on the part of the media over news. The liberal mainstream media engages in both and they are called out by President Trump who is nevertheless not always right and who, thus, may also be involved in fake news from time to time.
A historic example of news twisted by a biased reporter would be the coverage by Walter Cronkite of the Vietnam War and his coverage of the Black Panthers. Cronkite’s notorious liberal bias would later be exposed by his biographer, distinguished liberal historian Douglas Brinkley. By injecting his opinion and agenda into his coverage, he was able to change public perception and by doing so change the course of events.
An example of fake news can mean a lack of coverage of news, and was how the media ignored President Barack Obama’s assertion that “If you like your healthcare plan you can keep it, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Obama repeated these false claims over 30 times during the Obamacare debate and this went largely unexamined and unchallenged by the liberal mainstream media.
While Trump overstates the case too often, the media has nevertheless created several instances of fake news to solidify the narrative that Trump has something against minorities. During the campaign, Trump made spastic motions when describing Serge Kovaleski, a Washington Post reporter who had previously written an article claiming that hundreds of Muslims in New Jersey had celebrated the 9/11 attack on the twin towers. Trump described how the reporter denied the contents of his own published report with spastic motions. It turned out that the reporter had a disability that Trump was not aware of. The media created a narrative around this as proof that Trump had something against people with disabilities.
Perhaps the most egregious example of this type of manufactured fake news was the coverage of Trump’s response to the Charlottesville protests. In this case, the media fanned the flames of national racial discord and besmirched the reputation of the country to get a direct hit on Trump who condemned both the white supremacists and the Antifa protests equally for causing the disturbance. His reference to good people on both sides was obviously a simple recognition that regular people, not white supremacists or Antifa, were there to either support or oppose the removal of a confederate statue, an issue by which reasonable people differ.
Trump was attacked for having something against black people due to allegations that he was insensitive in a call to a widow of an African-American soldier who was killed in action in North Africa. Going with this story full bore, the media never offered context in terms of why Trump made the call in the first place. Had he called the widow to offend her? Why would he do something so ridiculous?
The most recent fake story is the public recantation of comments the president made in a closed-door meeting where he described some African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as s***holes. These types of admittedly ugly profanities would have not likely have been repeated publicly by Senator Dick Durbin unless he knew the media would feed them into the “Trump as racist” beast. The media was once again willing to damage America’s reputation in order to get a hit on Trump who was, at any rate, talking about the countries' corrupt socialistic systems and not the race of their inhabitants.
Fake News today has not reached the seriousness of the days of Walter Cronkite when the bias of one newsman could cause defeat in war and the deaths of millions. Nor is President Trump correct to call legitimate criticism of his government fake news. However, the rabid anti-Trump bias of the media has become so twisted that it is damaging society and the country in ways that are both obvious and subtle.
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