President Donald Trump loves the phrase "fake news," especially in connection with CNN or other mainstream news organizations. After being called a liar repeatedly by our President, CNN's Jake Tapper has had enough.
Yep. Some may say this is almost a sign if he says "fakenews" it's proof the reports are true (& when he says "believe me", it's a lie).— Naama Yehuda (@NaamaYehuda) August 7, 2017
Tapper then listed several examples of times the President lashed out at the facts as "fake." When asked about a report that stated FBI Director James Comey briefed Trump on the infamous Russian dossier which outlined leverage the Russian government might have on Trump, the President flat out accused the reporter of being "fake news," though "every word" of the report would end up being confirmed by either Comey or Trump himself in the coming months.
Tapper also brought up the "tense" introductory conversation Trump had with Australian Prime Minister Trumbull. After the phone call, Trump claimed the mainstream media was producing fake news by portraying the meeting as anything but civil and level-headed, but transcripts of the conversation now show original reports were factually correct. At one point in the call, Trump said:
I have had it. I have been making these calls all day and this is the most unpleasant call all day. Putin was a pleasant call. This is ridiculous.
So what does the Trump team consider "real" news? Tapper explains Trump has begun releasing mock newscasts on Facebook starring recently appointed RNC spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany. The segments cover President Trump's achievements in the most positive possible light and ends with Kayleigh claiming "and is the real news." Saying there's nothing "journalistic about a political organization (that exists to support a politician) cheering on that politician," Tapper doesn't mince words when giving his opinion of the segment:
It's not real, and it's not news, and it's definitely not real news.
As Trump tries to distance himself more and more from facts that portray him in an unpleasant light, it's important to keep a grounded view of reality by believing only those things which can be empirically observed or proven. Facts can't be labelled "fake" if the American public is knowledgable about data. Let's all keep informed!
Dear Kayleigh McEnany. News isn't fake because it's critical of you and alternative facts are not real unless they're supported by evidence— ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) August 7, 2017