In terms of consumable media, it doesn’t get much worse than left-wing rag HuffPost. But Ariana Huffington’s former pet project reached a previously unthinkable level of horrendous when it accused President Donald J. Trump of lying during his Tuesday night border security speech – before the speech even happened.
“Here are some of the biggest falsehoods the president is likely to tell on Tuesday,” said the piece.
HuffPost based its assumptions on “mistruths and outright lies” it claims Trump has told about the wall before. To be sure, writing a piece based only on assumptions is neither a standard nor advisable journalistic practice. HuffPost is known for defining the term “journalism” loosely.
The site said that Trump is lying when he says that Democrats want open borders.
“Trump has regularly claimed that Democrats are the ‘party of crime’ and want ‘open borders’ with Mexico, both blatantly false statements. Leading Democrats have argued for years now that a wall along the southern border would be wasteful and ineffective, instead supporting legislation that would increase border security efforts,” it said.
Riddle me this, HuffPost. In the current scenario, the Democrats have the opportunity to definitively close the border. All they have to do is vote to fund a border wall. But they will not vote to definitely close the border. How does that not make them the party of open borders at this very moment?
The site also griped that Trump has said that criminals and terrorists are crossing the border illegally. They say this is a lie. But everyone who crosses the border illegally is a criminal, and Tuesday morning – the same day of publication of the HuffPost piece, NBC said that at least six terrorists crossed the border in the first half of 2018.
The piece goes on like this for about 600 more words. Is it any wonder that Trump calls the mainstream press the enemy of the people?
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Media Lied: President Trump Did Not Claim Operation Desert Storm Occurred During the Vietnam War
The corporate media has been peddling an edited clip.
The mainstream media falsely reported that President Donald Trump confused the setting of ‘Operation Desert Storm,’ a military name for the 1990 Gulf War, during a July 4th speech on the White House lawn on Sunday. The media accused President Trump of falsely stating that Desert Storm was a military operation that took place during the Vietnam War.
Liberals associated with political organizations such as the Lincoln Project and media groups such as PoliticusUSA displayed edited video clips and made dishonest claims that the President had conflated Operation Desert Storm and the Vietnam war, hoping to score a partisan political point.
Trump just said we fought Operation Desert Storm in the jungles of Vietnam, but please tell us again which Presidential candidate lacks cognitive functions.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) July 5, 2020
In contrast to the claims of partisan liberals, President Trump clearly drew a distinction between combat operations in Vietnam and in Kuwait in 1990, having referred to the events in successive fashion.
Try posting the full clip instead of clipping it out of context. pic.twitter.com/tnBRP0E5dj
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 5, 2020
Other mainstream media pundits and journalists shared claims that Trump had made the mistake, going on to delete their false claims after the erroneous nature of the claim became apparent on social media. Twitter ultimately ended up labeling the claims that the President conflated the two as “manipulated media,” possibly hoping to score credibility with conservatives by executing the bare minimum of content moderation as the platform rampantly censors the free speech of President Trump, conservatives, and right-wingers.
A reporter from MSNBC is yet to delete her tweet falsely accusing the President of confusing Desert Storm and Vietnam, even after the clip she originally retweeted has been delete in acknowledgment of its dishonesty.
Operation Desert Storm…in the jungles of…Vietnam. https://t.co/QEr698vhJ4
— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) July 4, 2020
These are some very dishonest people, folks.
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