A writer at the Washington Post, Amazon titan Jeff Bezos’ blog, made a hilarious error in the publication of a story about President Donald J. Trump being an “American Idiot.”
John Hanrahan of the “On the Media” radio show first pointed out the gaff on his Twitter account.
“In honor of Trump visit, Brits launch campaign to lift ‘American Idiot’ to top of the charts,” says the headline of a story written by Meagan Flynn.
“American Idiot” is an early 2000’s song by the band Green Day. The band is led by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.
In her hasty attempt to provide a laugh at the expense of Trump and former President George W. Bush, Flynn quoted satirical site Clickhole.com as a reliable source.
“But despite the song’s ubiquity, Armstrong waited 13 years to reveal – in an article he wrote for Clickhole.com – the the ‘American Idiot’ was President George W. Bush,” she wrote.
Here is the headline from the story published in satirical website created to mock Buzzfeed, Clickhole:
The problem, the whole story is clearly made up, and Armstrong did not write it. (Just like all the articles on The Onion’s version of clickbait.) Flynn magnificently overlooked this minor detail in writing her piece, as did the editorial staff at WaPo, apparently.
The disreputable paper was forced to retreat with its tail between its legs.
“Correction: This story has been update to remove material attributed to a satirical Web publication, Clickhole, which should not have been treated seriously,” WaPo said in an update to the story.
Remember, publications like the Washington Post are the “trusted” and “reliable” sources of news in America. They are the arbiters of truth, and anything that does not fit their prescribed narrative is deemed to be “fake news.”
It sure is a shame to see such a trustworthy news outlet make such a
hilarious major error, likely hurting its credibility moving forward.
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Liberal Media Freaks Out as Tom Cotton Questions Coronavirus Origins
Mainstream media seems more concerned with Cotton’s questions than China’s censorship.
Mainstream media entities are claiming Republican Senator Tom Cotton is trafficking in “conspiracy theories” for questioning the source of the coronavirus’ origins.
Cotton has questioned the official narrative stating that the deadly coronavirus outbreak originated in a wet food market in Wuhan, China. He’s suggested that it’s possible the disease originated in a Chinese government “superlab” a few miles away that conducts research in human infectious diseases.
Cotton has pointed out that the Chinese government is consistently declining offers of scientific and medical aid to combat the lethal epidemic, raising suspicions as to their transparency.
Such a suggestion is enough to label Cotton a “conspiracy theorist” in the eyes of outlets such as Slate and the New York Times. A headline from the Times called Cotton’s question a “fringe theory,” even though Cotton references epidemiologists who believe the virus didn’t originally enter human transmission at the food market. The Washington Post also ran a story Monday claiming that Cotton is trafficking in conspiracy theories.
It’s remarkable that nominally respectable media entities such as the New York Times are quick to dismiss entirely plausible theories of the coronavirus’s origins. If anything, an official narrative on the virus’s origins from the authoritarian communist government of China should be treated with inherent skepticism, especially considering that China is widely suspected of covering up the gravity of the situation and even arresting reporters who seek to document the epidemic and the government’s response.
Certainly it’s possible that the disease spread into humans from the consumption of animals such as bats, a prevailing theory for the virus’s origins. But the general public has no reason to entirely discount any plausible theory for the origins of the virus.
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