Here’s a sequence from yesterday’s news conference:
Watch it, please. Here’s a summary of what transpires:
Step 1.: A reporter asks the President about his thoughts on the theory floated by a Constitutional law professor in Newsweek that Kamala Harris shouldn’t be considered a ‘natural born citizen” and thus technically isn’t eligible to be Vice-President or President.
Step 2: The President offers no opinion on it whatsoever, and makes it clear he didn’t read the article (who reads Newsweek?). He says 1) he heard about it 2) it is his understanding that the author is a genuine authority 3) he doesn’t know what the guy actually argued (Trump asks the reporter if the problem is that Harris “wasn’t born” in the U.S.)
Step 3.The reporter quickly summarizes the professor’s point.
Step 4. The President says, first, that he has no idea if the professor’s claims are right, and concludes by saying he “doesn’t know about it” that he “just heard about it” and will “take a look.”
And Step 5?
CNN headlines, “Trump promotes another birther lie, this time about Kamala Harris”
” President Donald Trump spent years pushing lies about the birthplace and presidential eligibility of President Barack Obama, the first Black president. On Thursday, he started floating a new birther lie about Sen. Kamala Harris, who, if elected, would be the first Black and Asian American vice president. Trump’s incendiary nonsense about Harris was part of a Thursday self-described “news conference” he largely used to campaign against his Democratic election opponents…”
Three reporters wrote this completely false story, and CNN published it!
Let’s count the lies:
ONE. The President didn’t “float” the theory, an irresponsible professor did, as I explained here.
TWO. The President didn’t raise it (and publicize it) at his news conference, a reporter did, presumably to prompt the President into supporting the theory.
THREE. As the video unequivocally shows, the President doesn’t endorse the idea at all, and makes it clear that he doesn’t know what the reporter is talking about other than the fact that he “heard about it.” He says he doesn’t know if the professor is right.
FOUR. The theory is not a “birther” theory but a legal one, and it is not a lie but an opinion, though not the President’s.
The video is right there on YouTube to check, and CNN nevertheless plays “It isn’t what it is,” (Rationalization #64) confident that the Trump Deranged will cheer, and the truth will be drowned out because the mainstream media won’t explain that CNN is deliberately lying.
And, sure enough, other allegedly respectable news sources joined in the disinformation campaign against the President, itself based on Big Lie #4.:
- CBS wrote that Trump” did not “denounce…a racist false accusation.,” under a headline that said he “amplified” a “Harris birther conspiracy.” As he demonstrated by openly admitting he didn’t know what the professor’s argument was, the President would have been irresponsible to “denounce” anything. Now, Democrats will denounce as “racist” Professor Eastman’s theory without reading it, because their game plan is to call any statement that doesn’t support Harris’s candidacy racist.
Trump did not “amplify anything either; the reporter did. How does saying “I don’t know about it” amplify something? Moreover, the legal theory is not “racist” by any coherent definition of the word. Nor is it “false.” It is an opinion, and opinions can be wrong or badly reasoned, but an opinion cannot be “false.”
CBS’s story and headline are false.
- Not to be outdone when it comes to shameful journalism, here’s the New York Times:
“Trump Encourages Racist Conspiracy Theory on Kamala Harris’s Eligibility to Be Vice President: President Trump falsely suggested that Kamala Harris, who was born in California, does not meet citizenship requirements.”
This would be funny if it were not so infuriating. How did Trump “encourage” the theory by saying he knew nothing about it? The theory, again, is not racist, and it doesn’t assert any conspiracy. The President did NOT “falsely suggest” that Harris was not a citizen, and “who was born in California” is a non sequitur, deceitfully used to imply the “theory” is that Harris wasn’t born in the U.S. That has nothing to do with the article in question.
I don’t think these reporters bothered to check Eastman’s essay!
- NBC’s smear is similar: “Trump echoes fringe birther attack on Harris: Harris, Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick, was born in Oakland, California, and is eligible to be president under the constitutional requirements.”
No, Trump didn’t “echo” Eastman’s theory, which wasn’t an “attack.” How is “What did you say?” an echo? Again, the reference to Oakland deliberately deceives readers about what Eastman is arguing.
There are similar lying stories all over the web. See how many of them your Facebook friends are linking to. Save this one for future reference. If there was ever screaming proof of how little our journalists respect the truth, this is it.
The mainstream media is now the enemy of an informed citizenry, and enemy of democracy, and, yes, an enemy of the people.