Trump Fires on “Fake News” Media After Returning to U.S.

Trump Fires on Fake News Media After Returning to US

During his trip abroad, the press noted with no small element of glee that President Donald Trump seemed to have ceased using Twitter as an outlet for invective against the media and his political adversaries. Some even seemed to intimate they had finally tamed the maestro of the 140-character fulmination.

Then, the president returned to U.S. soil, and the only thing missing from the resultant tweetstorm was an animated GIF of the Neil Degrasse Tyson mic drop.

In a Sunday night massacre on social media, the president again called the media’s narrative fake news and said he believes some recent stories using anonymous sources are “fabricated lies.”

“It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media,” the president tweeted.

“Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!”

It’s unclear which of the weekend’s major stories he was referring to: the rather tenuous links between White House adviser Jared Kushner and Russia or the news of a possible White House shake-up reported on by the Wall Street Journal.

Either way, while the experts will no doubt be called in to parse Trump’s language, there’s a reasonable point to be made here. Anonymous sources have their place if they’re reliable and being used to tell an urgent story that cannot be reported any other way, but that’s far from the case in how the media reports on Trump.

Anonymous sources, for instance, were behind CNN’s infamous story claiming that the FBI had information that “suggested” that people on Trump’s campaign “may have coordinated” to “possibly” release information that would have harmed Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Not only has that story not played out in the two months since it was first “revealed” on Anderson Cooper’s show, there are enough qualifiers there that it’s hardly even a story. And it’s not like CNN’s gotten any better: just last week, it reported a story based on a source identified as a “person familiar with (James Comey’s) thinking.” That’s some Pulitzer-winning journalism right there. Further bulletins as events warrant.

Like Trump’s tweeting or hate it, the reason he continues to get away with it is that, confrontational and controversial as his social media posts may be, there’s almost always an underlying kernel of truth buttressing them. Are these stories “fake news?” I can’t be sure. What I can be certain of is that the media talking-heads the president is complaining about have given you every reason to distrust their methods. And if they think that the president is going to stay silent about it, they’re wrong.

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