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Are Trump And Company Intentionally Putting Fake News Out There?
As If Screwing Up Names Weren't Bad Enough
In general, I thoroughly dislike politics, but what's happening in the United States - specifically, at the White House - is so thoroughly insane that it is laughable. Who can take anything that comes through the American political system seriously now?
We've all messed up names, geography, phone numbers - but we hold our government officials to a higher standard. At the very least, we should. Even if they disappoint us, which does happen, we need to hold them to a higher standard across the board, and if they make a mistake, they'd best fess up.
That's no different than what many parents tell their children. I've told my girls that if they are to make a mistake and get in trouble at school, they'd best be honest about it and tell me straightaway. With that said, I've never understood why our politicians feel that double talk and mistruths are the way to go, and with the current crew that's running the White House, it's absolutely stunning that rather than taking the blame for whatever mistakes are made, they shift it back to the media.
The media is by no means innocent, as its job is to get information out to the public, no matter who's doing what. But with the Trump administration, we're seeing a shifting of blame like no other.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer is probably at the point where he'd rather be rocking quietly in a corner, avoiding the press like the plague. He's screwed up the names of at least two international leaders for God only knows what reason, and has become so well known for that there has been a website designed where people can see how badly he would screw up their names.
Kellyanne Conway has made reference to the Bowling Green Massacre, a nonexistent terrorist attack in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and while she claims to have been referring to the arrest of Iraqi nationals who had been planning to attack United States' interests, the two were actually arrested in 2011. She claimed that the press didn't really cover the arrest of these two men, but was proven wrong when it was shown that there was some 90 news articles at the time that mentioned the event.
Finally, President Donald Trump made reference to a recent "incident" in Sweden and implied that some sort of attack had occurred there. Swedes themselves were asking what the President was talking about, as there hadn't been any great uproar in the country for some time. Sure, there are the current riots in Rinkeby, in a largely immigrant neighborhood, but there has been nothing terrorist-related, as Trump implied.
However, Trump's comments may have been what ultimately fed the riots, because shortly after Trump's comments, youth in Sweden were massing, and several cars were torched. The neighborhood has also seen riots in 2010 and 2013. Ultimately, though, no one was arrested or even hurt.
What the heck is going on with White House 2017?
Not The First Time
President Trump commands a lot of attention, if for no other reason than people have grown accustomed to him saying things that are way off.
He likes the attention of the press, in spite of all his words to the contrary. Why else would he be so utterly inflammatory, accusatory and point-blank loud in everything he does? He wants attention, in the same way young children seem to believe that the louder they are the more attention they will receive. Of course, it doesn't always work that way, right?
This is not the first time that President Trump has commanded such attention from the press, but now, he's attacking the press itself for the work that it does. If he does not like what the press says or does, and oftentimes he does not like it, he merely says that they are putting out "fake news" and are corrupt. The press is certainly not innocent, depending on what corner of the market you're looking at, but it provides a much needed check to world events. People need to know what's happening in the world in order to have an opinion and, if need be, do something about it.
In garnering the attention of the media, Trump knows that all eyes are on him, and now, he can rant to his heart's content. It's terribly unfortunate, though, that he doesn't seem to bother to check facts or have people that do in the first place. I don't deny his passion for his subject matters, and passion is a great thing in world leaders, but you don't want that passion to go unchecked and you want the passion to make sense on some basic level.
You want the president of the United States to be able to look at his people and trust that they will do the appropriate things at the appropriate times, like pronounce world leaders' names correctly and realize that no, President Trump's inauguration wasn't as "yuge" as he'd hoped.
You want the president and the people who work with him to not make up or allude to events that really never happened in the first place. While there will indubitably be skewering from the press on either side of the partisan line, having the president or his or her aides referring to events that didn't happen and perhaps trying to inflame the public about it is sheer lunacy.
While Trump's efforts to keep the press attention for himself are understandable, he is fumbling the ball a great deal. This comes as no surprise to millions, who knew from the outset that his lack of experience and his inflammatory language would cause serious issues before too long.
Let's hope he doesn't drag the entire country, if not the rest of the world, down with him.