President Trump identified fake news as a serious problem a long time ago, and he’s been getting flak for it ever since. How unfortunate for his opponents that actual examples of fake news keep surfacing — now it’s happened again. Last Sunday a Time magazine journalist tweeted a truly shocking quote by the president before having to admit he’d made it up. Does it get any faker than that?
On Sunday, May 26, Time columnist Ian Bremmer tweeted a quote he claimed came from the president of the United States. According to Bremmer, President Trump had said: “Kim Jong Un is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe Biden.” As you’d expect, an explosive quote like this quickly went viral, which meant that, when the explosion came, plenty of people had managed to get inside the blast radius.
- CNN contributor Ana Navarro and California Dem Representative Ted Lieu both quote tweeted Bremmer’s message and added the sort of indignant commentary you’d expect from outraged leftists.
- They weren’t the only ones, either. Thousands of people retweeted both the original and the quote tweets — Navarro’s message was retweeted more than 4,000 times.
- President Trump, unsurprisingly, was not amused. He entered the discussion on Monday with a tweet of his own: “This is what’s going on in the age of Fake News. People think they can say anything and get away with it. Really, the libel laws should be changed to hold Fake News Media accountable!”
- Bremmer referred to the supposed quote as “completely ludicrous.” Trump blasted back at the journalist with his own words. Not long after this, Bremmer admitted the quote was false — he’d fabricated it out of nothing.
- He did make some effort to defend himself, saying the quote was “plausible” following Trump’s earlier positive statements about Kim (and negative ones about Biden). However, journalists are supposed to report the facts — lies don’t become truth just because they’re “plausible.”
- After Bremmer’s admission, there was a rush by leftists trying to clean up the evidence. Navarro and Lieu both deleted their tweets; Bremmer, of course, erased his own.
- It’s no surprise to anyone that mainstream media personalities make stuff up; we’ve all seen that plenty of times by now. What’s depressing is that so many people will just retweet it without even an attempt at fact-checking, and that journalists like Bremmer will attempt to justify “plausible” lies. On the bright side, every time they pull a stunt like this it just adds more weight to President Trump’s words about fake news.