Tuesday, December 12, 2017

American leadership in the world blossoms under Trump

President Trump routinely invokes the phrase "fake news" as a rhetorical cudgel to undermine opponents, rally his political base and try to discredit a mainstream American media that is aggressively investigating his presidency. But he isn't the only leader enamored with the phrase. Following Mr. Trump's example, many of the world's autocrats and dictators are taking a shine to it, too.

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When Amnesty International released a report about prison deaths in Syria, the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, retorted that "we are living in a fake-news era." President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, who is steadily rolling back democracy in his country, blamed the global media for "lots of false versions, lots of lies," saying "this is what we call ‘fake news' today."

In Myanmar, where international observers accuse the military of conducting a genocidal campaign against the Rohingya Muslims, a security official told The New York Times that "there is no such thing as Rohingya," adding: "It is fake news." In Russia, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, told a CNN reporter to "stop spreading lies and fake news." Her ministry now uses a big digital red stamp, "FAKE," on its website to label news stories it dislikes.

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I'm tired of media criticism being used to push a ------ right wing agenda. There is no more rancid agenda than promoting Trump by trying to delegitimize the media.

The media on its worst day is a thousand times more honest than Trump. And it admits mistakes.

Trump lies all ------- day long and never admits it.

Everyone on this site knows this. Everyone on this site knows a president who lies all the time like Trump is a ------- danger to the country and the world.

#45 | POSTED BY RCADE

QFT

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-12-12 07:44 PM

Jesus, what a rant.

#2 | Posted by eberly at 2017-12-12 08:12 PM

#2

Jesus agrees with RCADE.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-12 09:22 PM

The world agrees with RCADE and we appreciate his rant. And I can honestly say I have disagreed with RCADE on several occasions but on Trump he is exactly correct. Bashing of the media by a right wing total liar should not garner him an iota of respect but some still support him anyway. Stupidity? Malevolence? You choose.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-13 06:59 AM

Trump is a leader to the despot dictators of the world.

Congratulations GOP.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2017-12-13 08:28 AM

The rant was maybe the best summary of the past year.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-13 11:29 AM

Just how many news stories in the past two weeks have had to be corrected by the reporters and news agencys?

#7 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-13 06:18 PM

Here is a little teaser.

www.nytimes.com

#8 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-13 06:19 PM

Just how many news stories in the past two weeks have had to be corrected by the reporters and news agencys?

#7 | POSTED BY SNIPER AT 2017-12-13 06:18 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

All of the incorrect ones. Imagine that. Real facts, updated as we know more. This idea is alien to a Republican.

#9 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-13 09:09 PM

Yeah, SNIPER expects real journalists to just leave the fake news out there, because they know it's fake. So every correction or retraction that undermines credibility is what, then? Masochism?

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-12-13 10:19 PM

Fortunately we live in a world with actual human beings who can hold 2 separate ideas in their heads at the same time.
1. Trump, the President of America, is a liar who is bad at his 'job', he's a poor image for our country, he's petulant and childish.
2. The media, made up of humans, is biased. That they pretend that they are not is dishonest. Pointing out where the medias bias intrudes on their ability to act as the defense we're supposed to have of the government is not the same thing as supporting America's President. The only people who think that it are those so blinded by their hatred of the President that they lump any correction of misinformation as 'supporting President Trump'.

#11 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-14 08:10 AM

act as the defense we're supposed to have of the government

The Media is supposed to defend government? That's a new one.

#12 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-12-14 08:21 AM

#11 you are confusing the terms biased and informed.

This is a common mistake for conservatives. There they remain biased until they can become informed.

#13 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-14 08:25 AM

The Media is supposed to defend government? That's a new one. - #12 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-12-14 08:21 AM

'of' should be 'from' Thanks for the catch. Sorry the context clues didn't clue you in.

#11 you are confusing the terms biased and informed. This is a common mistake for conservatives. There they remain biased until they can become informed. -#13 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-14 08:25 AM
No, you are wrong. I am not confusing the terms. I like the overt and hypocritical attempt to criticize me. Displays much about your character. Are you not here for discussion?

#14 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-14 11:16 AM

"This is a common mistake for conservatives. There they remain biased until they can become informed."

No mistake for that poster, it was an attempt to slide a lie by without anyone noticing. He was caught by both you and Redial but we shouldn't pretend that he didn't know what he was doing.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-14 11:31 AM

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