2018.06.28 Trump contributed to newspaper shooting
Rob Cox of Reuters was tweeting in response to the Capital Gazette shooter (Jarrod Ramos), and said, "this is what happens when [Trump] calls journalists the enemy of the people". Only the gay black man shooter had sued the newspaper for defamation in 2012 and lost in 2015, and was doing it over that, and it had nothing to do with Trump. The shooter had references Charlie Hebdo and two Virginia TV journalists shot on air, which happened in 2015, well before Trump announced his campaign. Rob did delete his tweet and apologized later, and Reuters said, "bad boy"... but was not punished or fired for blatant bias.
Reuters isn't usually quite as biased and partisan as the AP is, but that's a bar that a drunk could trip over. Still, here's some examples of their stories where they either failed Journalism 101, or they succeeded at Dishonesty 101. more...
video. While our media has always had false narratives and bad stories that are Fake News (exampled include: Edward R. Murrow's "See it now" McCarthy'ing Joe McCarthy (1954), Richard Jewel story (1996), story about a plane crashing into Camp David after 9/11 (2001), Duke LeCross Rape Case (2014), Michael Brown and 'hands up, don't shoot' narrative (2014), and so on). We didn't use the term "Fake News", just liberal media bias or incompetence, but it's been around since the first liberal got sloppy or partisan at a newspaper. |
Then on September 13, 2016 Hillary Clinton supporters Google and Eric Schmidt, used a shell charity (a non-profit called "First Draft,") to start seeding the term to attack right wing websites ("to tackle malicious hoaxes and fake news reports"). Hillary Clinton and her surrogate David Brock of Media Matters admitted in a campaign letter that they pressured Facebook to join the effort. Google warned Conservative websites to remove stories that Google didn't like, or they'd take away their ad revenue. And Barack Obama and the liberal media followed along, regurgitating what they were told: none were going to let this opportunity (to curate what information we could see) go to waste, all in the name of protecting free speech. All coincidentally done at the same time, in what could only be a coordinated campaign attack.
Unfortunately for them, it backfired when people noticed that the mainstream liberal media made more errors and was less honest, and started throwing it back in their face. Fake News applied more to the News, Google, Facebook, Obama and other curators and finger pointers than their victims. Donald Trump used that to hijack the term and use it back against them. The left tried to change the narrative and pretend that Trump had created the term, and they wanted to stop using it and claimed it was a hateful term and an attack on free press to point out the Presses bias or errors. And that's where we are today. more...