As a long-time Popeye fan, I established the Ethics Alarms designation in the spinach-gulping sailor’s honor to mark the times when I feel compelled to rail against a particularly persistent media distortion of reality. This morning’s New York Times sports section, in a bottom of the page article about ESPN firing one of its more political hosts now earns a Popeye for this bit of deliberate disinformation, aimed at smearing the President (of course). As has been a pattern at the Times, President Trump had little connection to the story but it was decided that a gratuitous attack was appropriate anyway.
Le Batard publicly criticized ESPN’s tepid approach to covering politics after President Trump tweeted that four Democratic congresswomen of color should “go back” to “the crime-infested places from which they came” — comments that even members of Trump’s party condemned as racist.
Although this is how the President’s admittedly stupid and inflammatory tweets have been misquoted since they were posted, that is not what he tweeted. Here are the tweets in question:
I’ll stipulate that these were among the President’s nastiest and most self-destructive tweets, especially since they were subsequently distorted by the AUC —that’s the Axis of Unethical Conduct: the Democrats, the resistance, and the mainstream news media—as the Times distorted them this morning. (Ethics Alarms criticized them at the time.) But “If your so smart, why don’t you go back to your countries of origin and fix their problems, and then come back and show us how” (unfortunately, Trump usually requires a translation) is not “go back to where you came from” (and stay there.) The tweets can be criticized as written—Trump foolishly assumed that all four members of “The Squad” were immigrants—-but they virtually never are. They are deliberately misquoted to make them appear even worse than they are.
It was a slow-moving soft coup and a stolen election by a thousand—hundreds of thousands–cuts…little lies, smears and distortions like this one, every day and often every hour, to undermine the President. And it continues still.
I can’t stands no more.