Aggressively ignorant.

Trump Presidency: The Press Gets It Wrong

Sloppy reporting is not new. There has always been corner-cutting in journalism. There is a new genre of lazy reporting in the Trump era, however, that goes well beyond the sloppy, and straight into the aggressively ignorant.

Now that Trump is in the White House, much of the media feels uninhibited in their campaign to destroy him, seeing the unprecedented nature of his presidency as license to get away with anything. -James Kirchick Go To Site

Sloppy reporting is not new. There has always been corner-cutting in journalism. There is a new genre of lazy reporting in the Trump era, however, that goes well beyond the sloppy, and straight into the aggressively ignorant. -Becket Adams Go To Site

Election machines in three states were not hacked to give Donald Trump the election.

  There was never a serious post-election movement of electors to defy their constitutional duties and vote for Hillary Clinton.

  Nor, once Trump was elected, did transgendered people begin killing themselves in alarming numbers.

  Nor were there mass resignations at the State Department upon his inauguration...

  Donald Trump never suggested to the Mexican president that the U.S. was going to invade Mexico. Nor did Trump plan to mobilize the National Guard to send back illegal aliens.

  He did not remove a Martin Luther King bust from the White House...

  He did not go to Moscow and watch prostitutes in his bed urinate where Barack Obama had previously slept.

  -Victor Davis Hanson Go To Site

MSNBC: Populisim For The 1%

Once the media crossed the Rubicon of partisanship, there was no turning back.

The unchecked ebullience that they had showed for Obama has now been replaced by an undisguised hatred for Donald Trump.

Liberal, Incompetence, Funny, Science, Narrative, Oops, Press, Trump

Scientists appear to have debunked The New York Times' claim it was leaked a secret, gloomy climate change report which it published amid fears President Trump would suppress it...

  The story, titled “Scientists fear Trump will dismiss blunt climate report,” said the draft report “has not yet been made public” but “a copy of it was obtained by The New York Times.” The paper also said “those who challenge scientific data on human-caused climate change" are worried the report will be publicly released.

  But those who worked on the report are pushing back against the claims, saying the version that was obtained and posted in full by the New York Times has actually been online and available to the public for months.

Liberal, Incompetence, Character, Oops, Press, Smears, Trump

MSNBC host Joy Reid spectacularly failed when she tried to take a swing at President Donald Trump on Friday. Reid, who hosts a weekend show on MSNBC, attempted to cast aspersions on Trump by pointing out that two of his three wives are from nations formerly part of the Soviet Union.

  “Donald Trump married one American (his second wife) and two women from what used to be Soviet Yugoslavia: Ivana-Slovakia, Melania-Slovenia,” Reid wrote.

  But Trump’s first wife, Ivana, is not from Slovakia. Nor was Slovakia part of Yugoslavia. And Yugoslavia, while communist, was not a member of the Soviet bloc.

USA Today: The Chainsaw Bayonet


USA Today is really concerned that AR-15 owners may start putting chainsaw bayonets on the end of their military-grade, chrome-plated, super-duper terrifying "assault" rifles.

So concerned, in fact, that they posted this info video on Twitter explaining the rifle used by the Texas shooter, and all the possible after-market accessories you can buy for it – including, apparently, chainsaw bayonets. -Brittany M. Hughes

Liberal, Oops, Press, Trump

Three CNN editorial staffers have resigned in the wake of last week’s retracted story that suggested a questionable link between an ally of President Trump and a Russian investment fund.

  Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtblau and Lex Haris resigned in the wake of the story posted on CNN’s website that had to be retracted on Friday. CNN also issued an apology to the subject of the story, Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci.

Liberal, Incompetence, Oops, Press

The New York Times issued a correction Thursday on an article that incorrectly claimed all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies agreed that “Russia orchestrated the attacks, and did it to help get [Trump] elected.”...

  The NYT’s correction notes that: “The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.”...

  Former FBI Director James Comey refuted this false claim in a congressional hearing in May, stating that the assessment was only from the NSA, FBI and the CIA.

Liberal, Incompetence, Oops, Press

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain denied Monday that he said U.S. leadership under President Donald Trump is worse than when Barack Obama was in office... The Guardian published an interview with McCain Sunday that quoted him as saying American leadership under Obama was better than it is now under Trump.

Washington Post's Josh Rogin: Oops...

"Prior to publication of this column, The Post sought comment from the Department of Homeland Security but not from the White House. We should have done both.

After publication, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told The Post that Stephen Bannon did not travel to see Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on the evening of Jan. 28."

Liberal, Incompetence, Oops, Press, Trump

CNN has corrected a Tuesday report after the release of former FBI Director James Comey's opening statement for his Thursday testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee contradicted the reports' sources.

  The CNN report said Comey was expected to dispute President Trump's claims that Comey said he was not under investigation on multiple occasions.

  The report, titled “Comey expected to refute Trump," was based on unnamed sources and said Comey's conversations with the president "were much more nuanced," and that Trump drew the wrong conclusion.

Liberal, Incompetence, Oops, Press, Bias, Trump

On Thursday evening, CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank published a potentially explosive report involving an investigation of a Russian investment fund with potential ties to several associates of President Donald Trump.

  But by Friday night, the story was removed from CNN’s website and all links were scrubbed from the network’s social media accounts...

  In addition to retracting its story, CNN also apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, an adviser to Trump during the presidential campaign and a member of his transition team’s executive committee...

Since President Trump was elected, the media landscape has divided and hardened more than ever.

Even the once-unimpeachable New York Times has been guilty of "fake news," while on Tuesday CNN had to retract an article that slimed a Trump aide based on flimsy reporting.

Liberal, Incompetence, Oops, Press, Lie, Trump

Reports alleging diplomats have been told to avoid eye contact with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sure sound spooky, but it's apparently a bunch of nonsense. The Associated Press's Matt Lee, who has covered the State Department for nearly two decades, personally vouched this week that the Tillerson story is bunk...

  His remarks came after the Washington Post published a story this week claiming diplomats have reportedly been instructed to treat Tillerson like Medusa.

  "Most of his interactions are with an insular circle of political aides who are new to the State Department. Many career diplomats say they still have not met him, and some have been instructed not to speak to him directly — or even make eye contact," the article read.

  That supposed tidbit of information was soon repeated in competing newsrooms, including the Hill, New York magazine and the New York Daily News.

A WAPO Hit Piece Gone Terribly Wrong...

  Rogin had no idea what he was talking about. He got it as wrong as you can get it. Brace yourselves for something truly astonishing… A Washington Post reporter, one with all the resources of the Washington Post at his disposal … got the name of the organization wrong.

  Rogin's big gotcha was based on a now-defunct group called ACCESS.

  But ACCESS wasn't the name of the group Gabbard claimed paid for her trip.

  The name of the actual group is AACCESS.

AP: Trump Is Considering An Invasion of Mexico...

"You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it."

<b>New York Times: <i>Almost Entirely Wrong</i></b>

New York Times: Almost Entirely Wrong

Comey said a February NY Times story claiming contacts between Trump associates and Russia was "almost entirely wrong".

Incompetence, Oops, Press, Politics, Lie, Trump

WASHINGTON — Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

  American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said.

Liberal, Election, Incompetence, Oops, Press, Lie, Trump

After Trump’s electoral victory on November 8, rumors began circulating that multiple transgender teenagers had killed themselves in response to the election results. There was no basis to these rumors. Nobody was able to confirm them at the time, and nobody has been able to confirm in the three months since Trump was elected.

  Nevertheless, the claim spread far and wide: Guardian writer and editor-at-large of Out Zach Stafford tweeted the rumor, which was retweeted more than 13,000 times before he deleted it.

A top CNN executive, Terence Burke, had startling news: three of their colleagues, including the team’s executive editor, were leaving the network in the wake of a retracted article about Russia and a close ally of President Trump...

  within months of its introduction, the unit, CNN Investigates, had been rocked by damaging reporting errors — including another flawed story about Mr. Trump and Russia earlier in June... -Sydnet Ember and Michael M. Grynbaum Go To Site

Liberal, Election, Incompetence, Oops, Press, Lie, Trump

On November 22, Gabriel Sherman posted a bombshell report at New York Magazine claiming that “a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers” were demanding a recount in three separate states because of “persuasive evidence that [the election] results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked.”...

  At FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver explained that it was “demographics, not hacking” that explained the curious voting numbers. “Anyone making allegations of a possible massive electoral hack should provide proof,” he wrote, “and we can’t find any.” Additionally, Silver pointed out that the New York Magazine article had misrepresented the argument of one of the computer scientists in question.

The Liberal Press, February 2017...

The Associated Press Gets It

Spectacularly Wrong


  The Department of Homeland Security is roundly condemning an Associated Press story that broke Friday morning about considering the use of the National Guard to “round up” undocumented immigrants.

   The AP also reported that Kelly wrote the memo, but Christensen told The Daily Beast that that is “absolutely incorrect.” Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, denied the AP’s report on Twitter shortly after it published. “Not true. 100% false,” he tweeted.

Liberal, Election, Incompetence, Oops, Press, Lie, Trump

At Politico on December 1, Lorraine Woellert published a shocking essay claiming that Trump’s pick for secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, had overseen a company that “foreclosed on a 90-year-old woman after a 27-cent payment error.”...

  The central scandalous claims of Woellert’s article were simply untrue. As the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Ted Frank pointed out, the woman in question was never foreclosed on, and never lost her home. Moreover, “It wasn’t Mnuchin’s bank that brought the suit.”

  Politico eventually corrected these serious and glaring errors. But the damage was done: the story had been repeated by numerous media outlets including Huffington Post (shared 25,000 times on Facebook), the New York Post, Vanity Fair, and many others.

Liberal, Election, Incompetence, Oops, Press, Lie, Trump

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? Nancy Sinatra had never said any such thing. CNN later updated the article without explaining the mistake they had made.

Liberal, Election, Incompetence, Oops, Press, Lie, Trump

On January 20, Time reporter Zeke Miller wrote that a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the White House. This caused a flurry of controversy on social media until Miller issued a correction. As Time put it, Miller had apparently not even asked anyone in the White House if the bust had been removed. He simply assumed it had been because “he had looked for it and had not seen it.”

Liberal, Election, Incompetence, Oops, Press, Lie, Trump

On January 26, the Washington Post’s Josh Rogin published what seemed to be a bombshell report declaring that “the State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned.”

  This resignation, according to Rogin, was “part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior Foreign Service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era.” These resignations happened “suddenly” and “unexpectedly.” He styled it as a shocking shake-up of administrative protocol in the State Department, a kind of ad-hoc protest of the Trump administration...

  As Vox pointed out, the headline of the piece was highly misleading: “the word ‘management’ strongly implied that all of America’s top diplomats were resigning, which was not the case.”...

  According to CNN, the officials were actually asked to leave by the Trump administration rather than stay on for the customary transitional few months. The entire premise of Rogin’s article was essentially nonexistent.

Liberal, Election, Incompetence, Oops, Press, Lie, Trump

On January 31, a Fox affiliate station out of Detroit reported that “A local business owner who flew to Iraq to bring his mother back home to the US for medical treatment said she was blocked from returning home under President Trump’s ban on immigration and travel from seven predominately Muslim nations. He said that while she was waiting for approval to fly home, she died from an illness.”...

  There was just one problem: it was a lie. The man had lied about when his mother died. The Fox affiliate hadn’t bothered to do the necessary research to confirm or disprove the man’s account.


Liberal, Incompetence, Oops, Press

The Atlantic’s Washington editor-at-large Steve Clemons tweeted Friday that Secret Service management level personnel were forced to resign Thursday night and escorted out of the Eisenhower executive office building. He subsequently tweeted that one of these “fired” Secret Service agents “speculates” that Trump is “restructuring the service.”

  A Secret Service spokeswoman told The Daily Caller that Clemons’ reporting is “completely false.”

Liberal, Incompetence, Oops, Press

The New York Times came out with a report this past week titled: “How Trump’s Rush to Enact an Immigration Ban Unleashed Global Chaos.”

  It stated: “Gen. John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, had dialed in from a Coast Guard plane as he headed back to Washington from Miami. Along with other top officials, he needed guidance from the White House, which had not asked his department for a legal review of the order. Halfway into the briefing, someone on the call looked up at a television in his office. ‘The president is signing the executive order that we’re discussing,’ the official said, stunned.”

  Secretary Kelly, however, later strongly denied this report during a press conference Tuesday. “We knew it was coming. It wasn’t a surprise,” Kelly said.

Liberal, Incompetence, Oops, Press

NBC reported Thursday that the Trump administration was easing sanctions on the FSB, one of Russia’s primary intelligence agencies. Peter Alexander, NBC’s national correspondent, tweeted, “US Treasury Dept easing Obama admin sanctions to allow companies to do transactions with Russia’s FSB, successor org to KGB.”

  Less than an hour later, he wrote, “Source familiar w sanctions says it’s a technical fix, planned under Obama, to avoid unintended consequences of cybersanctions.”

"And so I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof."

On the Monday edition of his FOX News show, Tucker Carlson addressed a false story published by CNN that linked Trump advisor Anthony Scaramucci to a Russia-controlled investment fund that is being investigated by the Senate. CNN ultimately retracted the story and three employees resigned. -Ian Schwartz Go To Site

Liberal, Incompetence, Oops, Press, War, Lie, Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied a report from NBC News that he told his national security advisers in July he wanted to increase the country’s nuclear arsenal by nearly tenfold, saying he argued for its modernization...

  “Recent reports that the president called for an increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal are absolutely false. This kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.

All week, CNN anchors cited an anonymous source who claimed President Donald Trump would not confront Russian President Vladimir Putin about election meddling in their meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

  That source turned out to be dead wrong. -Michael Bastasch Go To Site

Falsely accusing a top aide of being in cahoots with a Russian bank, reporting a non-existent meeting between the EPA administrator and Dow Chemical, and saying that all the national intelligence agencies are investigating the president are not a few "errors" as the Hill called them.

They are libels.

-Don Surber Go To Site

Nearly half of voters, 46 percent, believe the news media fabricate news stories about President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.

  Just 37 percent of voters think the media do not fabricate stories, the poll shows, while the remaining 17 percent are undecided.

-Steven Shepard Go To Site