When only 4% of what your president says is true and 26% is half or mostly true, it’s hard to trust anything that comes out of his mouth. This truth vs. lies is not an opinion either and when confronted with the truth he makes excuses; usually it’s someone else’s fault. Yet people continue to believe what he says; in fact, what he says becomes reality. He speaks without caring what the truth is because he can. He then tries to de-legitimize the press so that when he is challenged, his followers will believe him. Cable news is cable news; it’s partisan. However, if you discredit CNN, you must discredit Fox as well as they are biased. You can’t only give credit to the side you agree with. My problem is with the New York Times. The NYT has been a trusted source since 1851. What people, including Trump, are confusing are news articles and opinion articles. When you see something on Facebook from the NYT, 99% of the time, it is an opinion article/blog. This means it is not reporting on the news and isn’t a trusted source. I still share them; not to report news or claim something as fact, but to say that I agree with their opinion. An opinion is not, and can never be, “fake news” because IT’S NOT NEWS. Where was the term when fox news and others were saying that Hillary Clinton worships satan and goes to LA every weekend to worship him and have lesbian orgies (thank you Breitbart). Where was the term when every right-wing media outlet was reporting that President Obama’s birth certificate was fake (thank you Donald Trump).
Now, on Breitbart. Breitbart is not a news outlet; they are at best a rumor mill and at worst soldiers in the war against equality. They absolutely hate women over there; for example, headlines include: “Birth Control makes women unattractive and crazy”, “The solution of online ‘Harassment’ is simple: women should log off”,and “Here’s Why There Ought to Be a Cap on Women Studying Science and Maths”. How are any of these articles okay? Now, theses are not news, but this is the “outlet” Trump trusts most and believes that they are reporting news and other trusted outlets are “fake news”.
Fake news is when people just make stuff up and report it as fact, which is what often happens when our president and mouthpieces speak (Bowling Green and Sweden anyone?) I watch all the news networks often so I can hear both sides. I also happen to be a very good researcher. I have seen the lies told by the right (again, including Trump) and have seen the evidence that they were lies. When the president will flat-out lie about things that absolutely do not matter (like whether or not it was raining during his inauguration), he will lie about anything.
Blah, I hate all the things right now that has to do with our government. Disclaimer here: I am not paid by any super rich Democrat to protest, make calls, write letters, or post on facebook. I am a member of several groups that organize visits with elected officials, attend protests, and conduct letter writing/call campaigns. No one is paid, we just want our voice heard as we are the minority in our area. Please stop insulting those who are working very hard in their very limited spare time to advocate for themselves and the people they love.
It’s time to get back to reality people.