Most of the “fake news” Donald Trump has been attacking lately is factual errors in reporting on the Russia scandal and ongoing Mueller investigation.
Even if those stories are quickly corrected, any mistakes serve as fuel for Drumpf’s war against the press.
But don’t forget that the President is a very small man, and this fight comes first and foremost from a fear of people not taking him seriously.
After all, the more people actually learn about him, the worse he looks. That’s the problem with being an awful, crooked simpleton.
So it’s no wonder Trump had a meltdown in response to a mind-blowing profile in The New York Times this weekend, which revealed he consistently watches 4-8 hours of TV and drinks “a dozen Diet Cokes” every day.
Trump The TV Addict
“Before taking office, Mr. Trump told top aides to think of each presidential day as an episode in a television show in which he vanquishes rivals. People close to him estimate that Mr. Trump spends at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that, in front of a television, sometimes with the volume muted, marinating in the no-holds-barred wars of cable news and eager to fire back.”
Did Trump’s Lawyer Really Write That Obstruction Tweet?
“When three former campaign advisers were indicted or pleaded guilty this fall, Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer handling the investigation, urged the president not to respond. If he did, it would only elevate the story. Mr. Trump, however, could not help himself…
By Sunday morning, with news shows consumed by Mr. Flynn’s case, the president grew angry and fired off a series of tweets excoriating Mrs. Clinton and the F.B.I., tweets that several advisers told him were problematic and needed to stop, according to a person briefed on the discussion.”
Diet Coke Fiend
“The ammunition for his Twitter war is television. No one touches the remote control except Mr. Trump and the technical support staff — at least that’s the rule. During meetings, the 60-inch screen mounted in the dining room may be muted, but Mr. Trump keeps an eye on scrolling headlines. What he misses he checks out later on what he calls his “Super TiVo,” a state-of-the-art system that records cable news.
Watching cable, he shares thoughts with anyone in the room, even the household staff he summons via a button for lunch or for one of the dozen Diet Cokes he consumes each day.”
Trump’s Work Day
“Mr. Kelly is trying, quietly and respectfully, to reduce the amount of free time the president has for fiery tweets by accelerating the start of his workday. Mr. Priebus also tried, with only modest success, to encourage Mr. Trump to arrive by 9 or 9:30 a.m.”
Democrat or Republican, EVERYONE should be a little freaked out by this information.
We’re talking about the POTUS here! And he can’t get to work by 9:30? He watches sometimes EIGHT HOURS of cable news a day?
TWELVE DIET COKES??? How is he even standing?? His off-the-rail speeches are starting to make more sense…
So of course Trump had to respond (exactly as one who read the article might expect), on Twitter:
Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day – Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the “dumbest man on television!” Bad Reporting.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2017
Just real quick, some reasons for not believing this is “bad reporting.”
1. We have plenty of circumstantial evidence of his TV habits; his tweets that seem apropos of nothing can usually be traced directly to the subjects being discussed on Fox & Friends or other cable news shows — including Don Lemon, which the article claims he “hate-watches.”
2. The information is not supposition; it’s based on the accounts of “60 advisers, associates, friends and members of Congress.”
3. The article was written by Maggie Haberman, Glenn Thrush, and Peter Baker, who have better access to Trump and the White House than any other reporters alive. Trump keeps calling it the “failing NY Times“, but he gives extensive interviews with these three reporters every few months, including April and July of this year.
Then again, maybe he’ll say that was faked too.
As the article tells us:
“Mr. Trump’s insistence on defining his own reality — his repeated claims, for example, that he actually won the popular vote — is immutable and has had a “numbing effect” on people who work with him, said Tony Schwartz, his ghostwriter on The Art of the Deal.”
That sound like “Fake News” to anyone?
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