President Donald Trump reiterated anew what could very well be his year-long presidential mantra: that the American mainstream media essentially should be considered “fake news media” as they do make-up sources and fabricate stories that is why he has embraced and continues to rely on the social media despite its limitations to combat the “very dishonest and unfair ‘press’.”
The President tweeted: “I use Social Media not because I like to, but because it is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair “press”, now often referred to as Fake News Media. Phony and non-existent “sources” are being used more often than ever. Many stories and reports a pure fiction.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I use Social Media not because I like to, but because it is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair “press,” now often referred to as Fake News Media. Phony and non-existent “sources” are being used more often than ever. Many stories & reports a pure fiction!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/947235015343202304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 30, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Just hours after the President’s tweet received 133,000 likes and was retweeted more than 34,000 times. Trump’s tweets against the mainstream media always manage to get powerful engagement from his supporters and are always one of the most liked and most retweeted, a likely sign that Trump’s followers share his sentiments about the traditional media.
Trump’s latest tirade against the media came hours after a New York Times report- based only on anonymous sources- alleged that former campaign aide George Papadopoulos triggered the 2016 FBI investigation into Trump’s supposed relationship with Russia.
Papadopoulos allegedly shared to an Australian diplomat in May 2016 that Russian sources had knowledge of political dirt on then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The Times claimed that when WikiLeaks posted a series of Democratic National Committee emails a couple of months later, the Australians told the FBI of the conversation.
Trump has always had a beef with the Times and has consistently been accusing the paper of pushing the liberal agenda and serving the interests of Democrats.
Trump is also poised to declare a “2017 King of Fake News” this weekend. There are some who are speculating that the big “winner” will most likely be a toss-up between New York Times and CNN. Both media outfits have earned the ire of Trump in many instances, and on some occasions, the two mainstream media organizations had to retract and offer apologies for certain stories they got wrong.
Trump campaign launched a poll asking for supporters to help them in choosing the biggest fake news story of the year. Some of the stories “shortlisted” are: ABC News mistakenly reported that candidate Trump directed Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials before the election; CNN story that reported President Donald Trump and his son had access to WikiLeaks; and a Times story that claimed Trump had a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. Removed from the Oval office.
Trump even tweeted in November that the winner should receive a “fake news trophy.”
For his recent tweets today, Trump focused on jobs coming back to the U.S. He added that “unnecessary regulations and high taxes are being dramatically cut, and it will only get better. MUCH MORE TO COME!’
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jobs are kicking in and companies are coming back to the U.S. Unnecessary regulations and high taxes are being dramatically Cut, and it will only get better. MUCH MORE TO COME!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/947236393184628741?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 30, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Trump probably thinks that such is the freedom and flexibility social media allow him as his statement may not be accurately picked up by the liberal-loving mainstream media.
The President also retweeted a Fox Business story that stocks put 2017 in the record books.”