Opinion: “Fake News” About Trump Continues Unabated

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Opinion: "Fake News" About Trump Continues Unabated

Originally appeared at MoonOfAlabama

Clinton makes some twenty different issues or person responsible for her loss – everyone and everything except the DNC, her staff or herself. But a campaign that did just enough to get the states it thought it needed and not one bit more was going to lose no matter how much money it would spend. Shunning progressives and implausibly blaming Russia for her own mistakes did not help either. Clinton failed as a politician and presidential candidate. She just isn’t good enough in those roles. It is as simple as that. But now another culprit responsible for her loss is rolled out. “Fake news” that somehow was not censored out of social networks.

But “fake news” was and is a daily occurrence even in major media. What were the “Saddam’s WMDs” stories if not fake news? The Clinton campaign spread fake news about Sanders. The news about Clinton’s email were (mostly) not fake even as she claimed otherwise.

My personal impression is that there was more fake news about Trump than about Clinton. The NYT, like most other mainstream media, was so much off from reality that its publisher now wrote a letter to request that staff “rededicate .. to the fundamental mission of .. journalism”. He thereby admits that the NYT had failed as a news organization.

But there is no rededication, neither in the NYT nor elsewhere, that I can see. The fairy tales about and around Trump seem not to stop for a minute. It will be claimed in top headlines that Trump will make John Bolton or Rudy Giuliani Secretary of State, lunatic Frank Gaffney will be his advisor. Trump wants security clearances for his children! Of course hardly any the active promoters of such nonsense will put the official denials of these lies on top of their pages or mention them at all. Poltico today told me that Wall Street is celebrating the Trump win, implying that Clinton would have been much better. Trump received some $5 million in donations from the finance sector, Clinton received $105 million – guess why.

Trump wants to abandon a No-First-Strike policy for U.S. nuclear weapons is one current scare (650 retweets!). That is a policy the U.S. never-ever had. Obama, like Clinton, rejected a NFS policy. How could Trump abandon it?

Trumps wants to register all Muslims? The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System was introduced in 2002 and only applied to visitors and residents from majority Muslim countries. In 2011 the system was phased out because it was “redundant” – some other system currently holds the data of mostly Muslim in the U.S.  The no-fly-lists are largely lists of Muslim – even four years old ones. Obama waged drone war in seven countries and bombed five. All were majority Muslim. So what please could Trump actually do to Muslim people that would be worse than what Bush or Obama have done?

Trump is a racist and his voters are white supremacists is a fake news claim that is still rolled out on a daily base. The facts do not support it. If they were true why did he get more votes from blacks and hispanics than Romney or McCain?

Why not take Trump for what he is? A fast talking salesman, born too rich, but politically a centrist who long supported Democrats and who will simply continue the political path Clinton, Bush and Obama created and walked before him. There is some hope that he will be less “globalist”, neoconned and belligerent in his foreign policy but that still needs to be proven. On many of his announced policies there will likely be more Democrats in Congress supporting him than Republicans.

The man should be attacked on his politics and policies whenever that is justified. There will plenty such opportunities, especially with his economic and tax plans. Instead we get a daily dose of fake news about Trump this or that and one scare story after the other.

Is it so difficult, or even impossible, for journalists and media to “rededicate” themselves from feverish pro-Clinton and anti-Trump advocates back to (semi-)serious reporting?

That would be bad news for everyone.

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  • John Whitehot

    after several US elections, I’ve made my mind about the subject – The expectations pinned on new presidents are always much bigger than what they do. When Obama got elected in 2008, there was a common tendency to believe he would had changed the world. He did, but for worse – at least for those who aren’t faggots or lesbians. With Trump though, the media smear and hate campaign is being kept up at a very high rate. Probably they still don’t get that if they don’t change their memes in four years he’s gonna be stronger than now.

  • I think theres a tendency for whose in power to filter that power through the system over time. Thats why much of the media is leftist. What they are aware of is that they will be slowly replaced with rightist reporters. Thats what they are afraid of. I think its all just a show. Trump won a precieved ‘unpresidented’ victory like Obama did. But look, Obama was facing an elderly geriatric. how could he had lost? SimilarlyTrump faced an elderly geriatric with a serious medical conditon. how could he have lost? Its the corporate elites that are in power. These political puppets will just muddle along changing little things here, lilttle things there. Seriously, Obamacare? whats that? Unless your actually sick its probably somethign that hasnt effected you. Most people are not sick.All he did was faff about with the medical care system and make it look like it was revolutionary. Heres my predictions. The ricj will get richer and the poor will stay poor. And the global war machines will continue to murder people.

    • Catfish

      The us corporate media talking heads do what their corporate owners tell them or they get fired. There is also operation mockingbird which affects what some media cover and what they refuse to or blatantly lie about. As far as obama “care”, most in the us have been negatively affected by it by higher premiums and deductibles or tax penalties for not having government approved healthcare. There are others ways it has affected people as well, most of them negative.

      • I understand your point on healthcare but my primary point was that most people dont get sick. I have a houses in UK, Amsterdam and Florida. In UK health care is free but you pay higher tax. In Holland you need seperate health insurance. In Florida I dont bother as im not a citizen. Point is, every nation has different healthcare systems that get money out of you differently. Im sure that people adversly effected were already paying for health insurance and are complaining about the inconvenience of a percieved loss. My point overall is that people were paying before and they are paying after. There were hospitals before and there were hospitals after. NOTHING HAD CHANGED. I hope thats clearer to you. Yes, Obama madeeverything worse. I saw him asnothing more than a giant call center manager. if you have ever been unfortunate enough to work in one, call center managers talk crap all the time. Its all about managing people rather than getting job done. Social engineering. Hence, instead of saying what he had done, for example, lower a certain tax threshold by 2.3% he would say that he had made 34% of Americans getter off. Its meaningless. Just to reiterate. Obama care did nothing. There were ambulances before and ambulances after. Only they are not quite like the ambulances in Aleppo and Mosul, full of bad guys…. or are they? I dont know.