Let’s be honest here, Donald Trump’s an idiot. The man who once defended the level of his intelligence by saying he knows “the best words,” yet frequently sends out tweets with words that are horribly misspelled (and apparently doesn’t know how to use spellcheck), is a bumbling moron. I’ll give him credit for being a very skilled con man, but a big part of his scam is actually convincing people that he’s an intelligent person.
Well, another thing he is besides a con man and an idiot is a massive conspiracy theorist. Remember, this is someone who spent eight years pushing the racist conspiracy that Barack Obama faked two different forms of his birth certificate.
Now we have his incessant use of the term “fake” when referring to practically any news entity that he doesn’t like. He’s accused the media of lying about the size of his inauguration, covering up terrorist attacks, and even conducting “fake polls” showing most Americans think he’s doing a lousy job. In fact, just this morning he sent out this tweet calling all the news networks except Fox fake, while suggesting they compete for a “FAKE NEWS TROPHY!”:
We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2017
Ignoring the fact that his very next post this morning was a retweet from Dan Scavino who once slandered former senator Tom Coburn by putting my words in his mouth, there’s just one problem for Trump with all of this. According to his own words, Republican-loving Fox News would fall under his category of “fake news.”
When Trump attacked U.S. intelligence agencies for pointing out that Russia was behind the attack against the United States, Fox News’ Shepard Smith called him out for siding with Russia and Julian Assange over our own spies and national security experts.
Smith also slammed Trump’s ridiculous claim that “millions” of people voted illegally; called him out for absurdly claiming that the media is covering up terrorist attacks; and pointed out that Trump’s whining about the Russia investigations doesn’t make much sense if he supposedly wants the truth to come out.
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace basically called former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus a liar after he continued to insist that Trump’s inauguration crowd was the largest in history. Wallace also called out some of his colleagues for undermining their profession by playing into Trump’s “fake news” rhetoric. This was followed by a report that several Fox News employees were privately speaking out about how embarrassed they were watching some of the ridiculous propaganda the network has allowed on air since Trump was elected.
One of Trump’s favorite Fox News hosts, Judge Andrew Napolitano, ripped his defense of Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting at Trump Tower, saying, “It is suspicious that they met with these people, that they didn’t consult a lawyer, that one of these people is former KGB-GRU. That’s the Russian intelligence arm.” He also slammed Trump’s dictator-like response to the NYC terror attack, saying, “It is not okay with me and is not okay with the Constitution for the president or someone in government to decide you don’t have constitutional rights.”
Even Charles Krauthammer seemed disgusted that Trump more or less put the United States on equal footing with Russia during his interview with former Factor host Bill O’Reilly.
Then, let’s talk about polls, shall we? Trump seems to think all negative polls about him are “fake” since he won the election, so let’s take a look at the last one Fox News conducted before his “win”:
- Hillary Clinton: 48%
- Donald Trump: 44%
Their results were on par with pretty much all other polls:
- Bloomberg: Clinton +3
- CBS News: Clinton +4
- ABC/Washington Post: Clinton +4
- Rasmussen Reports (a very right-wing friendly polling company): Clinton +2
For the record, while the polls did have Clinton winning, even though she “lost” — she actually did win the popular vote by 2 percent. These national polls weren’t wrong by much.
So, if every poll is now “fake” that had Trump losing the election, then that would mean any poll Fox News puts out would be “fake,” as well.
This is what’s allowed to happen when you get a pathological liar supported by people who seem unwilling to stop and think for themselves. A man who’s able to yell “FAKE!” like an imbecile, accusing all these networks of “being out to get him,” when there have been a few folks on Fox News — a network he’s never slandered as fictitious news — who’ve called out many of the same lies so-called “fake” media outlets like CNN, NBC News, and The New York Times have. So if he wants to have a contest for a “FAKE NEWS TROPHY,” going by his own words and some of the biggest things he’s whined about since being elected, Fox News deserves it.
The truth is what most sane and rational people already know. When Trump whines about “fake news,” all that really means is that someone’s calling out his lies or informing Americans of the truth that he desperately doesn’t want people to believe.
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