The phrase “fake news” is now well-worn.
Axios clocked Trump himself as having tweeted it 66 times during his first 6 months in office, in reference to everything from the size of the crowd at his inauguration to the now infamous Trump-Russia dossier. And that did not count how many times the president and his mouthpieces has uttered the phrase in total.
By now, the number has got to be in the thousands.
For Trump, there are the sycophants at Fox & Friends and virtually all other news outlets are “fake” – save perhaps the one run by on again-off again best friend Steve Bannon: Breitbart.
But Trump’s team was slapped with allegations of fake facts by CNN when they tried to place an advertisement touting Trump’s accomplishments during his first 100 days in office. Though it is our reality, there is still something so surreal about an American president who starts campaigning for reelection as soon as he takes office. It’s common for despots, but not so much for democratically elected presidents.
Not only did CNN chose not to air a Trump ad touting his first 100 days, but it was so full of lies that they actually had to fact check it.
CNN released a statement on the matter, detailing why the network refused the ad:
“CNN requested that the advertiser remove the graphic that says the mainstream media is ‘fake news.’ The mainstream media is not fake news, and therefore the ad is. Per our policy it will be accepted only if the graphic is deleted. Those are the facts.”
The network went further in actually fact-checking the advertisement.
- The ad’s first claim that a “respected supreme-court justice” was confirmed. CNN gives that one a “True.”
- The ad claims that over 500,000 jobs have been created since he was inaugurated. CNN’s take? “False.” Trump was counting jobs created before he was inaugurated.
- The ad claims that “America is becoming more energy independent,” while highlighting the Keystone pipeline. CNN says that is “Misleading.” “While the U.S. is moving toward energy independence, the Keystone pipeline is not a contributing factor.”
- The ad claims that regulations that kill American jobs have been eliminated. CNN says “Misleading,” noting that “automakers wanted the debate on vehicle fuel-efficiency standards reopened, but none claimed this Obama-era mandate cost any jobs.”
- The ad also touts the “biggest tax-cut plan in history.” CNN makes sure to point out this is “Misleading,” saying that the administrations calculations and formulas are, and until they release those details there is no way to verify this information.
But, as we are now another year into this nightmare of a presidency, we should prepare for still more “fake facts” and fictitious accomplishments from this administration.