Snopes, surprisingly, debunks fake news about Donald Trump

Not as fast as dying traditional media can make it up, of course.
The report is called “The Lies of Donald Trump’s Critics, and How They Shape His Many Personas.”:

Some of these claims are downright fake, entirely fabricated by unreliable or dubious web sites and presented as satire, or otherwise blatantly false. But the rest — some of which have gained significant traction and credibility from otherwise serious people and organizations — provide a fascinating insight into the tactics and preoccupations of the broad anti-Trump movement known as “the Resistance,” whether they were created by critics of the President or merely shared by them.

Take, for example, the claim that Trump was the only world leader at a G7 summit in May not to take notes, based on a photograph posted to Twitter by French President Emannuel Macron. Here Trump was portrayed as unprepared and out of his depth on the world stage, with a “ten-second attention span”. However, the claim was entirely untrue, with other images and video of the meeting showing that Trump did indeed have notes and a pen. Not only that, but the very image used to make the false claim clearly shows two other world leaders sitting with no note-taking paraphernalia. In this case, even the cherry-picked evidence chosen to make the point undermines it.

Or, from the same G7 summit, the claim that Trump was caught on video raising his middle finger to Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni. Here we have Trump, contemptuous of other world leaders, once again risking international incident with his short temper and foul manners.

Except that he didn’t. …

Reality check: Snopes protected itself by saying little about the Big Stars media (New York Times, CNN, Washington Post), former “papers of record,” “trusted news,” and so forth.

Snopes is probably taking the risk of offering any criticism at all because the deranged traditional media have become so irresponsible that Snopes would risk its own reputation defending them. It’s just too obvious that they would say anything to get rid of him so they can settle into the cool mudhole of Correct State News.

See also: Media deep in the mud

Share