Nancy Pelosi Caught Reporting Fake News
Photo by: Karen Murphy - Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Mikulski
Pelosi discredits self, office, by spreading fake news
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - the Democratic Party’s Pied Piper of Obamacare who assured Americans they could keep their doctor and insurance policies while watching their premiums and deductibles shrink - has been caught distributing fake news. While some have questioned Pelosi’s mental stability, it is her lack of credibility in high office that has others worried.
On Tuesday, the California congressperson who crammed Obamacare through a bitterly partisan Congress that she controlled in 2010 was easily duped into quoting from a fake Twitter account. The day after then national security adviser Michael Flynn stepped down at Pres. Trump’s request, Pelosi went looking for cameras to distribute a fake news account about Flynn. It's unclear when Pelosi, who has overseen a dramatic reversal of fortunes for Democrats in Congress, first discovered she had conducted a news conference to distribute fake news.
Fake Tweet Spread like wilfire by New York Times
"While I accept full responsibility for my actions, I feel it is unfair that I have been made the sole scapegoat for what happened. But if a scapegoat is what’s needed for this administration to continue to take this great nation forward, I am proud to do my duty,” the unidentified account holder tweeted in a pair of messages.
Like a shark swimming through bloody chum, Pelosi rushed through a hastily assembled news conference on Tuesday morning using the fake quotes to call for congressional hearings aimed at discrediting the Trump administration. Within hours the New York Times jumped into the anti-Trump fray, as did Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.
“Madam Leader, just this morning, Flynn tweeted, and this is a quote, ‘scapegoat,’ end of quote. Scapegoat. He basically described himself as a scapegoat,” said Cummings, D-Md. Like Pelosi, Cummings had no idea who he was actually quoting.
New York Times Forced to Admit Printing Fake News
“I have a tweet, I’m going to make, I’m telling my staff right now – it’s not scapegoat, it’s stonewall. And that’s exactly what the Republicans in Congress are doing,” leapt Pelosi. Not to be out faked, the New York Times embedded the tweets in its own false version of Flynn’s resignation before having to issue an online correction at the bottom of its report a short time later. “Also, because of an editing error, an earlier version quoted three posts from an unverified Twitter account purporting to be Mr. Flynn’s, responding to the resignation,” the correction said.
While reporting of the phony Tweet distributed by the New York Times, Pelosi and Cummings has been dismissed or overlooked by mainstream media, it is at once a troubling reminder that fake news is being distributed from the top of the Democratic Party and from New York City’s newspaper of record. Such incompetence is insufferable when national security is at stake. While there is simply no excuse for the New York Times, it is even more troubling that the top Democrat in Congress is literally so ignorant that she doesn’t look for that blue checkmark on verified Twitter accounts. If Pelosi and Cummings are so easily fooled by fake Twitter accounts that they are staging fake-news conferences, why should the average American believe anything they say?