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Fake News Feeding Frenzy: Media Fishy in Slamming Trump

Fake News Feeding Frenzy: Media Fishy in Slamming Trump
President Donald Trump pours the remainder of his fish food out as he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe feed fish Monday in a koi pond at the Akasaka Palace. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Monday, 06 November 2017 04:56 PM

Some media organizations and journalists were whipped into a feeding frenzy Monday over some fake news regarding President Donald Trump's visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump and Abe visited Tokyo's Akasaka Palace and were handed boxes of food to give to koi fish swimming in a pond below where they were standing. Abe began scooping food into the water and Trump followed his lead, with video cameras rolling and still photographers snapping photos of the scene.

Abe then flicked his remaining food into the water. Again, Trump followed his lead and dumped the rest of his box into the water.

Unfortunately, that is not how the scene was reported by many news outlets.

CNN published a story with the headline, "Trump feeds fish, winds up pouring entire box of food into koi pond." The story, which still carried the same headline as of 4 p.m. ET on Monday afternoon, included a photo of Trump dumping his box of food while Abe looks on.

A CNN reporter posted this video clip of the exchange, which does not show Abe dumping his box:

CNN's main Twitter account published a longer version of that video:

CNN waited until the fifth paragraph of its story to mention Abe's decision to pour his box out: "The move got Trump some laughs, and a smile from Abe, who actually appeared to dump out his box of food ahead of Trump."

Several others in the media followed suit and used the opportunity to take a shot at Trump, a shot that seems to be undeserved because Abe also dumped out the remaining food in his box.

Even Hillary Clinton's former spokesman Brian Fallon joined the fray:

The New York Daily News also ran a story on the subject, which leads with these two sentences: "Perhaps there's a good reason President Trump doesn't have a White House pet. The former New York City real estate tycoon got a little heavy handed while feeding koi with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe."

Like CNN, the Daily News waited until far down in the story — in this case, the last paragraph, which appears under several embedded tweets — to reveal Abe also dumped his box.

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