Some examples of FakeNews (or just shoddy journalism): 11 items
- ICE - The friend of your friend may not be your friend. And an enemy of your enemy, may not be your enemy. Many people on the left, are of the opinion that because Trump is for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), or because ICE sometimes does bad things, that ICE must be bad. The truth is that they do a needed service, but some of the laws, regulations or policies they are required to follow are bad. But that's a problem with the policy, not with the organization. The alternative to ICE, is violence. Many media outlets totally FakeNewsed their stories on the organization/issue.
- 2019.02.21 Will Happer Climate Denialist? - If you read FakeNews sites like Newsweek, WaPo or NYT, or read the tweets of far-left loons like Kamala Harris, you'd think the President put a radical anti-Science guy in charge of Climate Change study, instead of distinguished Princeton Physics professor emeritus, fellow of the American Physical Society, member of the National Academy of Science and the JASON group, who doesn't deny that increasing CO2 might have some small influence on climate. But does question the magnitude of the influence, whether the benefits of more CO2 are being ignored, and the cost/benefits of reducing CO2.
- 2019.01.02 Trump will resign in 2019 - Newsweek claims that Trump will resign in exchange for immunity for him and his family. The opinion of a former Bush advisor (Alan J. Steinberg), as reported in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, using the tried and true method of pulling it out of his ass. He figures Trump is a deal maker, so he'll make a deal, for no known crime or reason, because, "Why not?" When you repeat something, you're loaning your name/reputation to it, as Newsweek did. Can you imagine a credible magazine reporting such innuendo on any Democrat President?
- 2018.07.27 Twice the Speed of Light - There was the time they claimed that Virgin Galactic travelled twice the speed of light. While just a gaffe, it's such a blatant one that it shows incredibly shoddy journalism that it ever got through.
- 2018.04.11 NRA, Russians and Newsweek - Newsweek scoop of the decade, that lots of places picked up: an article talking about 23 Russia-linked "donors" to the NRA. ZOMG. Then in the fine print... it was $2,500 total, over 3 years, the majority likely ex-pats or diplomats stationed abroad. No evidence the NRA knew or was soliciting. And there's no reason that the Russian government supporting a civil rights organization in the U.S. is a bad thing. Would the left scream if 23 Russians donated millions to Planned Parenthood or the Red Cross?
- 2017.11.29 Ivanka plagiarized herself - They tried to imply that Ivanka, by repeating parts of her own speech was plagiarizing... herself. That's not how any of this works. Then they altered their headline to "recycled" when called on it.
- 2017.10.25 Why Trump hates dogs? - Hard hitting journalists ask the big questions, "dog is famously man's best friend—but it is not this president's" And because Trump used the phrase "Couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee” it's obvious that he's a canine-hater.
- 2016.11.07 Madam President - Some were a bit outraged when a "Madam President" issue of Newsweek leaked out, before the election was over. But the truth is they worked with a partner to pre-prepared both versions of the magazine, and the partners bet on pre-printing was wrong. So this was much ado about nothing.
- 2016.09.23 Bush lost 22 Million Emails - Ignoring that the point of their whataboutism was to distract from Hillary Clinton's high crimes of intentionally deleting government property and evidence of her crimes, while Bush's was a temporary (and rectified) transition. Most of the lies in their "Bush lost 22 Million Emails" piece are lies of omission, in at least this event kinda happened, just not in how they represented it.
- 2014.03.06 Man who invented Bitcoin - The opening story after their big re-launch was on the man Newsweek doxxed and claimed, "Invented Bitcoin"... and he denies inventing bitcoin. First they stood by the story, then they corrected it. That's kinda a big fuck up.
Then there's the errors that are just screwups, or Newsweek behaving as a shill for DNC:
Why Are Obama's Critics So Dumb? Read
To Obama’s Gotta Go Read
To comparing President Trump to Charles Manson? Read
You'll notice all their mistakes are against conservatives, moderates or libertarians. I have yet to find a case where their "accidents" were against a liberal/progressive or far lefty. Which shows the lack of diversity as well as the lack of quality.