May 24, 2017

Media Malpractice

David Dickinson

Before you give them too much credit, in a story about the President's speeches from last weekend, the Fresno Bee published a bold headline from a McClatchy article that, "Trump dropped his harsh language about Muslims!" (Really? Did they actually watch those speeches?) And with apparent glee they noted that he didn't use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism." I think they thought that reporting that would make all red-blooded Fresno conservatives go berserk at his outrageous flip flop. Laughingly, Hilariously, two sentences later they conceded that he did, however, use the phrases "Islamic extremism" and "Muslim terror."

Oy veh. One can but shake one's head.

And then there's the completely erroneous story started by a WSJ reporter that Ivanka Trump's charity received a "personal donation of $100 million" from the Saudis for women's entrepreneurship around the world, and "this is precisely the same sort of thing that insane Republicans complained incessantly about during the campaign regarding the Clinton Foundation."

Except she didn't. The Saudi's gave the money, at her request, to the World Bank, which is administering the program. The story was of course picked up by CNN and many others, it was tweeted and retweeted almost 100,000 times, with who knows how many people viewing it who didn't retweet it. A correction was sent out on Twitter by an editor at the Wall Street Journal, but it was not picked up by CNN and many others, and it was only retweeted by a few people.

One can but shake one's head.

And for those who haven't heard, a Harvard study found that seven and a half out of every ten of your liberal friends don't just think, they Know that Trump colluded with the Russians in stealing the election in 2016. Over eight out of every ten of your conservative friends think their liberal friends who think like that need to seek professional help.

One can but shake... But I digress.

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