The Birth and Death of Fake News in the Era of Trump
“It’s amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.” Thomas Sowell
From the nanosecond Donald John Trump announced his intention and subsequently garnering an upset for the ages, he has been treated in an overwhelmingly hostile, hideous and unfavorable manner by the troglodyte dregs of the cosmopolitan biased, cultural supremacist corporate mainstream media. Throughout the course of the 2016 Presidential Election cycle, and continuing in a most amped manner, 18 months into an overwhelmingly successful tenure, POTUSDJT has been attacked by the MSM in ways never seen. Aside from the vile and vicious name-calling, there have been a plethora of events reported by the MSM that cited unverified “unnamed sources” that turned out to be false and then recanted. To that end, numerous “reporters” and “producers” were either demoted or fired, whether in the print media or the electronic media.
Additionally, numerous MSM personnel, especially from the Clown News Network (CNN), admitted on film that they were ordered by their bosses to go after POTUSDJT. As the campaign season progressed, then candidate POTUSDJT coined the term “fake news”.
“Freedom of the press also comes with a responsibility to report the news accurately.” President Donald John Trump.
However, as POTUSDJT campaigned as the overwhelming underdog against the least qualified candidate the DNC was forced into nominating, the treasonous, money-laundering, cheating, scoundrel HillaryClinton, he repeatedly challenged the boot-licking MSM. POTUSDJT made it loud and clear that CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, The Washington Post and the “failing” New York Times were tools of the extremists of the leftist establishment. He has proven to be absolutely correct.
As a case in point with the MSM’s continued protection of Obama’s shrinking legacy, the MSM has closed it eyes, ears and mouth to growing and fascinating reports from “National Review” and FOX News, both of whom revealed the Obama administration intentionally provided an Islamic terrorist-financing organization with hundreds of thousands of dollars, despite the organization being designated as a terrorist-affiliated organization for ten years (at that point) by the Treasury Department.
Additionally, the report indicated that The Sudanese-based Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA) received well over $100,000 from the Obama administration after intelligence analysts warned them that ISRA was a designated terror-financing organization with ties to Osama bin Laden and Maktab al-Khidamat (MK), the precursor of al-Qaeda.
Is it really necessary to bring up the billions Obama gave to Iran?
Yet, the insidious, mouthpieces of the leftist establishment refused to comment or address this treasonous action perpetrated by the 44th POTUS. Instead, they report on a washed-up (pardon the pun) hooker, a retired Playmate and a former POTUSDJT attorney/protector, who should be disbarred for illegally taping conversations with the client he’s charged to protect.
Moreover, the bootlicking MSM avoids the positive actions and achievements of this administration. Businesses booming with record earnings, record lows in unemployment, with new, good jobs like 150K jobs in the energy industry.
And what of the stock market highs, getting NATO allies to pay their fair share, working on the nuclear disarmament of NoKo, even though the hysterical MSM predicted nuclear war.
Trump accomplished this despite the predictions of financial Armageddon, as the GDP surpassed 4.1 percent. All this, and the despicable MSM and the leftist establishment still root for POTUSDJT and the country to fail.
Thus, POTUSDJT morphed the colloquial term “Yellow Journalism” into the more commonly used term, “Fake News.”
Yellow Journalism as defined by Wikipedia, or yellow press, “is an American term for a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering or sensationalism.”
There are two major events in American History of which yellow news set the trend and will be briefly cited.
In connection with the 1765 Quartering Act, British troops had been stationed in Boston since 1768 in order to protect and support crown-appointed colonial officials attempting to enforce unpopular Parliamentary legislation, including the Stamp Act as an example.
On March 5, 1770, on Devonshire Street near the Olde State House in Boston, British soldiers shot and killed several colonial citizens while under attack from a mob. The incident was heavily publicized and promoted by the Sons of Liberty, lead by Paul Revere and Samuel Adams. This was to push the idea of revolution against the Crown. There were ongoing stressful and tense relations between the citizens of Boston and the assigned soldiers. An angry mob surrounded a British sentry, who was being harassed and verbally threatened. Eight reinforcements arrived, and were eventually hit by rocks, clubs and snowballs. The soldiers fired, without orders, killing three and mortally wounding two.
A few days after “The Boston Massacre,” Henry Pelham, a Boston artist, depicted the event. Revere, the aforementioned member of The Sons of Liberty, and a well known silversmith, closely copied Pelham’s image, and is often miscredited as its originator. The Boston Gazette published the image, which was widely circulated and became an important and very effective piece of anti-Crown propaganda. Additionally, anonymous pamphlets were published describing the event from significantly different perspectives. Fake news 18th Century style.
On a side note, John Adams, who was a prominent New England attorney, a Son of Liberty, signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Second POTUS, defended the soldiers, including their commander, Captain Thomas Preston. All but two, including Preston, were acquitted. The two guilty soldiers received a scarlet letter on their hands.
As the 19th Century was coming to a close, the United States was an emerging world power and increasing global influence.
On the evening of February 15, 1898, the United States warship USS Maine, under the command of Captain Charles Dwight Sigsbee, exploded in Havana Harbor. The Maine was dispatched to protect American interests during the Cuban Revolution against Spain. Without any warning, she exploded and foundered, killing nearly three quarters of her crew. The cause(s) of the Maine’s explosion and sinking was investigated by President William McKinley administration’s appointed naval board of inquiry. The consensus of the board was that Maine was destroyed by an external explosion from a mine.
Nevertheless, popular opinion in the country, encouraged by inflammatory articles printed in the “yellow journalism” newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, blamed Spain. The phrase, “Remember the Maine! To hell with Spain!”, became a rallying cry for action, from which came the Spanish-American War. The military action started after President McKinley requested a Declaration of War, starting on April 21, 1898. While the sinking of Maine was not a direct cause for action, it served as a catalyst, accelerating the diplomatic disagreements between the U.S. and Spain.
The Spanish-American War would serve to be the first overseas conflict fought by the U.S. It involved major campaigns in both Cuba and the Philippine Islands, generated by yellow news. By the way, one of my heroes, Major General Wesley Merritt, lead the American AEF into the Philippines.
On another side note, in 1976, Admiral Hyman Rickover, the father of the nuclear Navy, commissioned a private investigation into the Maine’s explosion, and National Geographic continued the investigation in 1999, using computer simulations. All the investigations agreed that an explosion of the forward magazines caused the destruction of the ship, but different conclusions were reached as to how the magazines could have exploded. McKinley’s leading Naval ordnance expert, Philip R. Alger, USNA Class of 1880, took this theory further by suggesting that the magazines were ignited by a spontaneous fire in a coal bunker. The wreck of the Maine was eventually refloated, taken out to sea, and sunk in order to remain on eternal patrol. Yellow news took us to war in 1898.
In present time, the extremists of the leftist establishment are pulling the strings of the belligerent and bellicose MSM, just as a puppeteer would do.
We do know for certain that the extremists of the left lost their collective minds, “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” ever since POTUSDJT was duly elected in 2016. Further, their irrational actions and accusations are nonstop, continuing with false accusations of Russian collusion and calls of Constitutional obstruction, to name just two.
The troglodytes of the cosmopolitan biased, cultural supremacist corporate mainstream media are still calling POTUSDJT a racist and a bigot, as the hypocritical and hysterical left still cannot wrap their arms around the fact that Hillary lost. Now they continue with amped up attacks. Yellow news to fake news!
Whether it’s the electronic or print media, the false, vile and evil things being reported have just gotten more bizarre. There was criticism of how he ate ice cream, his clothes, hair style and even his teeth. The puppets from the MSM questioned his mental acuity and had the audacity to ask POTUSDJT’s personal physician if the POTUS was a drug addict. The fake news at its worst.
The absolute worst of yellow journalism or fake news was posted on March 31, 2018. The Daily Vine, an on-line news organization, stated that a reporter for the left-leaning publication, “Daily Kos” (never heard of it) had recently stated that POTUSDJT has a sexual fetish for his daughter Ivanka in a couple of published articles. The writer, SemDem (?), contended that POTUSDJT is “normalizing” incest along white supremacists, misogyny, and crass behavior. Really?
In short order, POTUSDJT still has a big job ahead of him.
He must undo the damage inflicted on the country by Obama, Kerry and Clinton, in conjunction with the sorriest, dirtiest administration since President Ulysses Grant.
The reality is that the majority of the country frankly doesn’t care what POTUSDJT did as a private citizen. Nevertheless, the left continue with the disconnect and try to tell us how and what to think, as they employ their lapdog MSM. All of this noise is generated because evidence of Russian collusion with Trump doesn’t exist, though it most certainly does with the Clinton campaign.
Now the left champion another “hero.” They adore avowed Socialist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a politically clueless millennial who comes from the upper class neighborhood of Yorktown Heights, New York. She graduated from Boston College, with dual degrees in Economics and International Relations. The degrees have done her no good, as even the worst accounting says her plans would cost American taxpayers $35 trillion to implement. No wonder colleges don’t offer refunds.
The MSM tout AOC as the next coming of Barack Obama, who incidentally did not endorse her.
So, the question that must be addressed is whether the dregs of the cosmopolitan biased, cultural supremacist corporate mainstream media serve the needs of the American people or are they serving the extremists of the leftist establishment? I suspect they don’t believe in putting “America First”.