Liberal pundits and mainstream media gadflies Rick Wilson and Joe Scarborough tried to peddle a fake tweet from 2015 on Monday in order to score a point against President Donald Trump, unaware that they were spreading a falsehood.
Wilson initially tweeted an image of a supposed 2015 tweet in which Trump stated any President who was in office on the day the stock market declined more than 1,000 points should be placed into a cannon and fired. He smugly suggested that he agreed, under the impression that Trump had really tweeted such an idea in 2015.
The tweet coincidences with the large decline of stock market indexes as a result of the Chinese coronavirus. The markets suffered the single-day greatest drop since 2008 on Monday as a result of the virus.
Scarborough proceeded to retweet Wilson’s fake tweet shortly after. Both men were unaware that Donald Trump never actually tweeted such a statement.
It’s telling that scoring a cheap (and ultimately) fake own against the President is the highest priority for the mainstream media personalities, who largely disregard the human and economic toll the Chinese coronavirus is inflicting upon the world at large and the United States.
This isn’t the first time Wilson in particular has been fooled into peddling fake material in an effort to score cheap points against Trump. Wilson was tricked into peddling a prank dossier supposedly containing embarrassing information surrounding a Trump visit to Moscow. Online trolls later revealed they had created the document, of which Wilson appears to have fallen for hook, line and sinker.
Jim Acosta Calls Conservative Media a “Disinformation-Industrial Complex” and “Potential Existential Threat”
Project much, Jim?
CNN’s Jim Acosta appeared on Brian Stelter’s Sunday morning show “Reliable Sources” to call conservative media a “potential existential threat” that could “cause more suffering.”
Referring to the on-screen graph that shows a significant drop in engagement with Trump-related articles, Stelter asked Acosta if he thought this “quiet period” was temporary. Acosta replied as follows:
“I think it is temporary. I do think what this country faces right now […] I describe it as the disinformation-industrial complex, and that is Trump and his people, conservative outlets like Fox News, and then conservative websites and organizations aligned with the president, and conservative platforms. These three pillars of this disinformation-industrial complex essentially helped put Trump in power, kept him in power, sustained his grip on the Republican Party, and it remains a threat to our democracy. It is the reason why there were hundreds of Trump supporters storming the Capitol on January 6. And until that poison, that toxin, is drained from the national political discourse in this country, Brian, I do think that these forces represent a potential existential threat to this country and have the potential to come back and cause more suffering in the days to come.”
Acosta does not seem to realize, however, that the popularity and influence of right-wing outlets like Big League Politics are direct consequences of “journalists” like him and networks like CNN. They’re the original traffickers in disinformation and in fanning the flames of fearmongering. Alternative conservative media would not have taken off if the mainstream media weren’t so unbearably leftist.
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