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President Trump to Cancel Press Releases

Posted on May 26, 2017 in  BlogGeneral Blurps

President Trump to Cancel Press Releases

Since President Donald Trump election, the American media has continually delved into the world of self-infliction. Even though Trump has rallied against the media in the past, it is now evident that the enemy number one of the media is the media itself. America has been subjected to fake news for a long time, a situation best described as an epidemic. One of the primary reasons people are witnessing fake news is the hysteria created around the Trump's presidency. Even though it is hard to document every inaccurate reporting by the media, this paper outlines top ten things that the media inaccurately reported about Donald Trump in 2017.

On January 20, New York Times writer Coral Davenport wrote an article on the Time?s website. The reporter claimed that the President?s administration had removed climate change references from the White House Website (Payne, 2017). In his article, Davenport argues that the removal was not unexpected since it was part of a procedural turnover of digital authority between different administrations.

On January 22, shortly After President Trump was sworn in; author Richard Hine posted a short video, which he claimed showed Trump kissing James Comey at the White House (Payne, 2017). Hine's tweet was shared many times, and the media glommed the story. Some of the major media boosters of this story include; the Washington Post, The New Republic and Think Progress (Payne, 2017).

On January 27, Dana Schwartz; a writer with the Observer tweeted a screen shot of Trump. Dana claimed that the President had ?manipulated his hands using technology to make them look bigger? for a White House Photograph. Dana?s tweeter went viral (Payne, 2017). A similar tweet from Joaquin Baldwin was widely shared. Even though the conspiracy theory was invalidated, it had already been shared widely.

On January 31, a media station affiliated with Fox reported that a local business owner who had visited Iraq to bring his mother back to the U.S for treatment said she was prevented from returning home under President's Trump Travel Ban (Payne, 2017). He stated that while she was waiting for permission to fly back home, she died from illness. The story was shared countless times on Facebook and secondary media outlets such as the Huffington Post. Despite the sensationalism created by the story, it was a lie; the man had lied about when his mother died (Payne, 2017).

On February 1, Yahoo News published a report by the Associated Press about a phone call that Trump shared with the Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. The Report implied that Trump was considering sending Troops to stop Mexico's "evil men" problem (Payne, 2017). The report acknowledged that the Mexican Government did not agree with that interpretation. It was later re-affirmed that Trump did not have plans to attack Mexico. The misleading story was shared widely by many people (Payne, 2017).

On February 17, Garance Burke; a journalist with the Associated Press published a report claiming that the Trump's administration had considered a proposal to mobilize approximately 100, 000 National Guards Troop to help in rounding up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living near the Mexico Border (Payne, 2017). The story was shared widely on Facebook and major media outlets like the Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune.

On February 25, the NPR and Reuters media houses ran a story claiming that Kuwait?s ambassador was celebrating the National Day celebration at Trump?s International Hotel in Washington DC (Payne, 2017). Trump was seen in the same hotel, making many people believe that he was there as part of a pay-for-play scheme with the Kuwaiti government. The story was shared widely on Twitter and major media houses. New York Times writers tweeted about it (Payne, 2017).

On May 1, Peter Brack claimed on Twitter that President Trump had invited the Philippine's President to the White House, when the President Daughter, was modeling in an advert for the President's new Tower in Manila (Payne, 2017). The original implication was that Trump and the Philippines' president were engaging in a pay-for-play scheme. Brack's tweet was retweeted many times, and many media figures ran the story (Payne, 2017).

On May 4, after the American Health Care Act passed the House of Representatives, Alexander Jaffe; a reporter tweeted that she had witnessed cases of beer being taken to capitol using a cart (Payne, 2017). From this tweet about an unverified beer party, retweeted countless times, people started reacting. Jezebel; a feminist website wrote that the Republicans drank beer in the wake of Bill's passage.

On May 10, the Washington Post claimed that Trump's Deputy General threatened to resign after a story emerged that he was responsible for firing Director James Comey (Payne, 2017). This story was shared far and wide. The New York Daily News, the Huffington Post, ABC news all cited the posts claim. The only problem with this story is the fact that it was not true (Payne, 2017).

It is a fact that many incidents have happened since Trump took power. Doubtless, America will continue to witness more. People do not know why the media continue to continuously debase itself by presenting fake news and damaging the nation?s discourse. However, the citizens are partly to blame because they have encouraged this. It is hard to fix this problem, and all people can do is hope for a cultural change that will perhaps cause a dynamic shift on how stories are shared, but until then, expect more fake news.

References

Payne, D. (2017, 5 23). 13 More Major Fakes News Stories in Just Five Months of Trump's Presidency. Retrieved 5 23, 2017, from The Federalist: https://thefederalist.com/2017/05/23/13-major-fake-news-stories-just-five-months-trumps-presidency/

Payne, D. (2017, 2 6). 16 Fake News Stories Reporters Have Run Since Trump Won. Retrieved 5 23, 2017, from The Federalist: http://thefederalist.com/2017/02/06/16-fake-news-stories-reporters-have-run-since-trump-won/


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