Moreover, “It wasn’t Mnuchin’s bank that brought the suit.” , and many others.On the day of Trump’s inauguration, CNN claimed Nancy Sinatra was “not happy” with the fact that the president and first lady’s inaugural dance would be to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” The problem? CNN later updated the article without explaining the mistake they had made.
Since at least Donald Trump’s election, our media have been in the grip of an astonishing, self-inflicted crisis. There is no better word to describe it than “epidemic,” insofar as it fits the epidemiological model from the Centers for Disease Control: this phenomenon occurs when “an agent and susceptible hosts are present in adequate numbers, and the agent can be effectively conveyed from a source to the susceptible hosts.” The “agent” in this case is hysteria over Trump’s presidency, and the “susceptible hosts” are a slipshod, reckless, and breathtakingly gullible media class that spread the hysteria around like—well, like a virus.
Despite Trump’s constant railing against the American press, there is no greater enemy of the American media than the American media. It is difficult to adequately sum up the breadth of this epidemic, chiefly because it keeps growing: day after day, even hour after hour, the media continue to broadcast, spread, promulgate, publicize, and promote fake news on an industrial scale.
“I would imagine,” she said, “that there’s probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies.” This was an utterly noncontroversial stance to take. “Betsy De Vos Says Guns Should Be Allowed in Schools. “Betsy De Vos: Schools May Need Guns to Fight Off Bears” (The Daily Beast).
De Vos was simply pointing out that different states and localities have different needs, and attempting to mandate a nationwide one-size-fits-all policy for every American school is imprudent. “Citing grizzlies, education nominee says states should determine school gun policies” (CNN).
It is rapidly becoming an accepted part of the way the American media are run. We might get out of it, not so long as Trump is president of these United States. Only when we fully assess the extent of the media’s collapse into ignominious ineptitude can we truly begin to reckon with it.
Since Trump’s election, here’s just a small sampling of fake news that our media and our journalist class have propagated.
Also on the day of the inauguration, website whose headline claimed that the Trump administration had “purged” any “climate change references” from the White House website.
Within the article, Davenport acknowledged that the “purge” (or what she also called “online deletions”) was “not unexpected” but rather part of a routine turnover of digital authority between administrations.
At that point, however, the damage had already been done: Sherman, along with his credulous tweeters and retweeters, had done a great deal to delegitimize the election results.
Nobody was even listening to Silver, anyway: his post was shared a mere 380 times on Facebook, or about one-quarter of 1 percent as much as Sherman’s. In November 2014, the bank foreclosed.” The story received widespread coverage, being shared nearly 17,000 times on Facebook.