Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

President Trump in the last few days has demanded that reporters at ABC, CNN and The Washington Post be fired for committing "fake news." The offenses ranged from incorrect dates on ABC and CNN stories that made them seem more significant than they were, to a photo that the Post's David Weigel incorrectly said was evidence of a less than "packed" crowd at Trump's speech in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday. Trump demanded an apology and a retraction from Weigel on Saturday afternoon. Three minutes later, Weigel tweeted: "Sure thing: I apologize." He said he had deleted the photo and explained, "Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner." Apparently that wasn't good enough; an hour later Trump tweeted: "FAKE NEWS, he should be fired."

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Here's a thought experiment. What if Trump acted more like the media? ABC News made the most egregious error, imposed a four-week suspension on the offending reporter, and issued the most fulsome, contrite apology. That's the model most appropriate for Trump. So, imagine:

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement by President Trump regarding a report that he still questions the authenticity of Barack Obama's birth certificate:

I deeply regret and apologize for the serious error I made in a private conversation. While President Obama and I have deep differences about how to make America great again, I want to assure this nation that I no longer have any doubts about his citizenship. He is an American and a patriot.

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What if Trump paid for his mistakes?

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-12 10:22 AM | Reply

Say what you want about Trump, but leave his kids out of it, okay?

#2 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-12-12 12:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

but leave his kids out of it, okay?

#2 | POSTED BY SENTINEL AT

Which ones?

The ones who are up to their ***** in it or the one whose name he can't even remember???

#3 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-12-12 05:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The kids who he installed into the most powerful positions in the country without any ethics or legal oversight? Those ones?

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-12 11:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Yeah right. his kids are so fragile as they pose with the dead animals in Africa. F his kids. All of them.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-13 08:23 AM | Reply

WOW ddan. He has a son that likes to hunt. He should be impeached for that.

#6 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-13 10:15 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

It is insane to claim that a president's adult child who is actively engaged in politics, on social media or as a White House official, should be off limits.

Barron should be off limits. He's a kid and didn't choose this.

Trump's adult children chose this. They are fair game.

#7 | Posted by rcade at 2017-12-13 11:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

WOW ddan. He has a son that likes to hunt. He should be impeached for that.

#6 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Here we see Sniper at his Polly Prissy Pants Tea Party, pretending that the only reason Sane Americans want Trump to be impeached is cause his son likes to hunt...

www.google.com

#8 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-12-13 11:12 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

"It is insane to claim that a president's adult child who is actively engaged in politics, on social media or as a White House official, should be off limits."

Not sure if this was directed at me, but my comment took on a different meaning in the context of the original headline.

#9 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-12-13 12:15 PM | Reply

The Penalty of Leadership.

#10 | Posted by humtake at 2017-12-13 12:18 PM | Reply

Not sure if this was directed at me ...

It was just a response to the general discussion, not aimed at you in particular.

#11 | Posted by rcade at 2017-12-13 01:28 PM | Reply

I agree fully that Barron and Tiffany should be left out of the fray. They're perhaps the only innocents in the entire situation. I mean Gropenfuhrer himself barely knows who they are.

#12 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2017-12-13 01:36 PM | Reply

'I agree fully that Barron and Tiffany should be left out of the fray. "

Me too. As to the other 3 Trump children and their spouses: nope.

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-13 02:12 PM | Reply

WOW ddan. He has a son that likes to hunt. He should be impeached for that.

#6 | POSTED BY SNIPER AT 2017-12-13 10:15 AM | FLAG: | FUNNY: 1

Because who would ever criticize someone who gets his kicks slaughtering rare animals, right?

#14 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2017-12-13 02:19 PM | Reply

Classic narcissist.

#15 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-13 02:31 PM | Reply

I agree fully that Barron and Tiffany should be left out of the fray.

Tiffany is 24 -- well into adulthood. If she engages in political activities or speech I think it's fair to comment on that.

I think adult children of politicians don't deserve to be shielded from any scrutiny or criticism, but the level of attention they get should be proportional to their level of activity in politics.

Tiffany spoke at the convention and at some campaign events. She's not as heavily involved as her older half-siblings, but she's not uninvolved either.

#16 | Posted by rcade at 2017-12-13 06:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Trump Never Apologizes, Demands Apologies"

In other news, the sun rose in the east this past morning, and is fully expected to do so again tomorrow morning.

#17 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-12-14 12:25 AM | Reply

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