by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:
Since the beginning of the Trump presidency, in fact before that, since the announcement that Donald Trump would be running for president, the liberal establishment media appeared to lose their collective minds.
They lied about his initial announcement claiming he called all immigrants “rapists,” which he did not, as a reading of the transcript of the actual speech shows, and since that day, the “reporting” in regards to the Trump administration has gotten exponentially worse.
We have seen three career journalists forced to resign after a thinly sourced article was retracted and removed from the internet because it was “fake news.” We have seen long-time faces on nightly news, suspended, then forbidden to report on the Trump administration after tanking the stock market with a false story.
We have seen more corrections, deletions, retractions, complete rewriting of “exclusives” that ended up being dead wrong, over the course of the last three to four years, than at any other time in history.
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ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
The latest in a long list of “mistakes” came on Thanksgiving when a Newsweek writer decided to publish a story about how president Trump was expected to be “Tweeting, golfing and more,” when in reality the President was in the midst of taking a secret trip to visit the U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
The writer Jessica Kwong, after deleting her original tweet promoting the inaccurate story she wrote and replacing it with an “explanation”, called it an “honest mistake,” but social media users were having none of that, pointing out that she wrote a story “without having any of the facts,” correctly telling her that the article was “speculation,” and pointing out that this is the type of “reporting” that has caused the media to lose “all credibility.”
Perhaps the most accurate response was “I bet you guys hate it when you end up looking like asses because of your hatred for Trump.”
See more reactions over at Twitchy.
Newsweek and Kwong received so much backlash that by Saturday, November 30, it was being reported that Newsweek had terminated Kwong.
“Newsweek investigated the failures that led to the publication of the inaccurate report that President Trump spent Thanksgiving tweeting and golfing rather than visiting troops in Afghanistan,” a Newsweek representative previously told the Washington Examiner. “The story has been corrected, and the journalist responsible has been terminated. We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.”
The question now, being asked by many on social media, is what about her editor or editors that had to approve and publish the story?
Good question. Shouldn’t the editor also be held accountable for allowing a story that was nothing but speculation, without facts, to be published?
Either way, yet another “journalist” is now unemployed because her hatred and Trump Derangement Syndrome affected her ability to write objectively about President Trump.
John Hinderaker over at PowerLine gets to the root of the problem for the establishment media:
The root of the problem, of course, is that Newsweek, like pretty much all news outlets, is interested in bringing down President Trump, not in reporting the news. This is why we see such mistakes in the press, over and over, and always in the same direction.
As a side note, while Kwong did offer a statement to Washington Examiner about her article, deflecting some of the blame onto her editor, she has still not updated her Twitter or LinkedIn profiles as they both still claim she is a reporter at Newsweek, as of 12/1/2019.
MEDIA’S COLLECTIVE TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME
Writers are human and humans make mistakes. When we see that those “mistakes” have increased exponentially during the Trump presidency, and that each and every single one of those “mistakes” all go in one direction, being anti-Trump, then it becomes obvious that they are not just mistakes, but a deliberate attempt to smear the President and his supporters, without any thought to actual journalism, accuracy or truth.
In January 2019, investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson compiled a list of 50 “mistakes” in the Trump era, all detailed and sourced for verification purposes.
Since January, that list has now expanded to 100, including the latest Newsweek fiasco, showing that in the last year alone, the media has managed to bungle, lie, report inaccurately or make “mistakes” 50 additional times in less than a year.
These are not “honest mistakes,” nor are they simply a case of reporters receiving bad information, but the pattern and the increase in frequency is indicative of a deliberate attempt to lie to the American people, which logically leads to the question of “why.”
There are so many different possibilities to answer that question.