Thursday, May 18, 2017

Don Surber: Today in Fake News (a lengthy post)

Don Surber: Today in Fake News (a lengthy post):
Today in Fake News (a lengthy post)
"So many lies, so little time. 
I hope I do not run out of pixels.
I open my coverage of today's Fake News with the memo no one has seen.
From the New York Times:
Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation
OK. Show us the memo.
The New York Times said there was a memo.
Show it. 
Post a picture of it online. 
Image result for fake news
The Times does PDFs of every other document it cites in an exclusive. 
This story quotes this memo, but the newspaper does not produce any memo.
From the New York Times:
Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of it to a Times reporter.
Fake News.

Comey did not verify the existence of this memo to the Times reporter, who instead relied on the word of an anonymous third party (Carlos Slim?) who read something over the phone that the Times says is in a memo written by Comey. 
That's it. 
No verification. 
No proof. 
This is a lower standard than the National Enquirer uses.
The memo does not exist.
But the press pretends the smoking memo exists -- and the press pretends Trump officials who trust the press enough to talk to the press off the record.

From the Daily Beast:
Trump Officials on Comey Memo: ‘Don’t See How Trump Isn’t Completely F*cked’
The president reportedly asked the FBI director to stop investigating Trump’s top national-security aide — a bombshell that has an already-beleaguered White House begging for mercy.
Politico hopped right on:
It was, in the words of one senior White House official, the worst day of Trump's presidency. 
Every day is the worst day of the Trump administration, according to a press whose worst fears came true on November 8 when my best dream came true.
So now we have Fake News reaction to Fake News.
And it is Fake News. 
Until the New York Times produces an actual memo, or identifies an actual person saying the memo exists, this is Fake News.
Read on!!

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