1. The New York Times’s habitually partisan Maggie Haberman tweeted : “Republican voter registration in NH is down roughly 20k voters from 2016 to now. It’s a reminder that Trump’s increased GOP popularity is in part because in some places, the GOP registration rolls have shrunk.” This is a false narrative, and proven so several times.
Verdict: Fake News
2. MSNBC’s Katy Tur, who has many embarrassing moments, argued that the Trump economy was not working for the American who spends up to 360 months paying off a car loan. “When I ask people if they’re voting for Donald Trump, I hear about their 401(k)s a lot,” she said during a live broadcast from New Hampshire, “but there are those out there who don’t have a 401(k), and there are those out there who this economy is not really working for them….They might have a job, but it’s not a job that pays their bills. They can get a car, but it’s a loan that will take 30 years.”
She’s just making stuff up. Who agrees to 30-year car loans? Is Tur getting homes mixed up with cars? Why is someone who doesn’t know the difference between a house and a car interpreting the news?
Verdict: Fake News, stupid host.
3. CNN posted an article on Tomeka Hart, a juror in the Roger Stone trial, titled “Stone juror says she ‘stands with’ the prosecutors.” Nowhere does CNN indicate that it is relevant to mention the recently disclosure that Hart ran for Congress as a Democrat, and frequently posted anti-Trump stories on social media. How she got through voir dire is as yet an unanswered question.
Verdict: Fake News by omission
4. When Mike Bloomberg’s embarrassing recorded comments about African Americans and crime surfaced this week, CNN’s Cristina Alesci rushed to sow doubt about the recording’s legitimacy. “So, here’s the thing, important context here,” she said. “We don’t have the full tape.” Ah, but we do. The full audio of Bloomberg’s comments has been available online since 2015. Alesci, who was previously a Bloomberg News employee, continued, “So, this is obviously snippets that have been released, the podcaster and the writer that released this sound is clearly a Bernie supporter, if you look at his twitter feed, he’s very anti-Bloomberg. He’s promoting a hashtag ‘#BloombergIsARacist.'”
The full audio, which was posted shortly after Bloomberg delivered his address in 2015 at the Aspen Institute, and, of course, alleged political affiliations of the person who posted the audio online this week doesn’t change what Bloomberg said.
Verdict: Fake News by obfuscation
5. NBC News’s Heidi Przybyla tweeted out a conspiracy theory alleging that Russia was responsible for spreading the hashtag “#BloombergIsRacist” around on social media following the release of the Bloomberg audio. She made it up, and later deleted the tweet but not before sharing it with her 145,000 Twitter followers.
Verdict: Fake News