Essay: Fake news

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In these recent years the term “Fake News” has become a phenomenon, we all know what it is. As it was used by our current president as a description of the opinions and reportings of the media, “Fake News” has been given a lot of influence. According to Politico.com and well, us, the media and Trump’s camp have been against each other for months. It appeared that we couldn’t find a decent article about Trump in the news anywhere but who’s fault was that, his or the news? What is the focal point of this “Fake News”? Donald Trump. It can be argued that he asks for all this media coverage that he gets however, he doesn’t seem to like it and that is the kicker. More often than not it is Trump’s own tweets that are used against him in the print and published media. It’s been noted that Trump has called the press “dishonest” and “scum.” He vowed to in whatever way “open up our libel laws” in efforts to weaken the First Amendment. Any coverage he’s unsatisfied with is deemed “Fake news.” According to him, mainstream media is “the enemy of the American people.” He skipped the traditional White House Correspondents Association dinner, but held rally the same night. He knew this would result in some reporters missing the WHCA dinner to make it to his. From my perception of the article on Politico.com it would seem as though the White House Staff and Trump’s administration are creating a facade. Maybe Trump continues to tweet and say outrageous things because according to him, there is no such thing as “Bad publicity.” Yet even that can’t be all true. Politico.com reports, “When he is not fulminating on stage or on Twitter, the president himself has mustered a number of cordial interactions with reporters since taking office, often showing them more courtesy than he grants his own staff.” Wait, so he doesn’t want a negative image?
 
Zeke Miller, a Time reporter and a member of the White House Correspondents’ Association, mistakenly conveyed information to a reporter on Trump’s first day in office that the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the room. Even though the mistake was corrected rather quickly, it had already reached online media. Sean Spicer removed Miller from the podium and called the mistake a “deliberately false reporting.” Trump wouldn’t forget this incident. He brought it to light once again at a Black History Month luncheon two weeks after the fact. After bragging about the number of Time covers he has appeared on, Trump once again lingered over the incident during a speech at CIA headquarters. “So Zeke, Zeke from Time magazine, writes a story about ‘I took down.’ I would never do that because I have great respect for Dr. Martin Luther King, but this is how dishonest the media is.” All reported by Politico.com. Various slip-ups have been at Trump’s staff’s disposal. The White House publishing a list of “Under-reported Terrorist Attacks” spelling “attacker” without a “c” 27 times is only one of them. It’s safe to say that Trump has his favorites and his not-so-favorables when it comes to media outlets.  “During this administration, we have gone four briefings in a row without a question.” Says CNN’s Jim Acosta. Other outlets such as Newsmax or any of the other conservative outlets can’t necessarily say the same.

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