Today’s “fake news” round-up is a triple header, led off by the New York Yankees…oops, sorry: the New York Times.
First up at bat, the New York Times ran a hit piece Tuesday on the Trump Administration headlined, “U.S. Loses Track of Another 1500 Migrant Children, Investigators Find.” Why, that’s horrifying! Losing track of all those children! But wait…it turns out that means they placed 1500 children with sponsors, at which point the government’s legal responsibility for “keeping track” of them ends. HHS officials do call the sponsors 30 days after they take custody of the kids to check on them, but they’re not even required to do that. This is how the system is set up, regardless of who the President is. Sorry, Salon, you'll have to scrap that follow-up story you were no doubt working on about Trump abandoning 1500 children in the Mojave Desert.
Next up is President Trump’s favorite “fake news” team, CNN. On Twitter, CNN’s Chris Cillizza summarized Trump’s comments on the Brett Kavanaugh dispute by writing, “No big deal: Just the president telling the FBI to ignore an allegation of sexual assault.” Actually, no…not at all. Here’s what Trump actually said: "I don't think the FBI really should be involved because they don't want to be involved; if they wanted to be, I would certainly do that, but as you know they say this is not really their thing."
Get that? Trump didn’t tell the FBI to ignore Kavanaugh’s accuser, the FBI told Trump this was not something they should investigate. So aside from being the exact opposite of what actually happened, Cillizza’s tweet was completely accurate.
At least our third “fake news” story offers a slight ray of hope that the media might one day redeem itself and become a source of journalism again instead of DNC talking points. It involves the New York Times actually admitting a previous negative story about Trump was wrong. In a tweet, the Times noted that they had predicted Trump’s vacating of the Iran nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions might cause oil prices to spike and tank the economy, or Iran to restart its nuclear program, “but so far, the policy has been effective without either of those consequences.”
I know it doesn’t seem like much of a concession to acknowledge the plain truth of something that’s right in front of your face, but when doing so means admitting that Trump was right (“so far”) and the Times editors were wrong, that’s the biggest leap forward that journalism has taken since the printing press was invented.
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