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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WATCH: Trump ROASTS Acosta: “Go Ahead Jim, Try Another One”
The President shut down Acosta’s inane question.
President Donald Trump shut down CNN showman Jim Acosta’s attempts to insinuate strange conspiracies at Friday’s Presidential press briefing on the response to the Chinese coronavirus epidemic. Acosta demanded that the President reveal the exact location of Dr. Anthony Fauci, apparently believing that the federal medical advisor had been shut out of the coronavirus response.
President Trump had been discussing attempts to marshal medical facemasks from 3M, combating attempts by the nominally American company to export the needed equipment to foreign countries for profit. Acosta tried to divert from the relevant topic at hand with irrelevant questions about the participants of the press briefing.
“Where is Doctor Fauci?”
Watch the exchange here:
“Every time he’s not here… Sometimes I’ll ask him to come because that’s the first question that you and a couple of others from the fake news establishment ask… We’re doing great together.”
Of course the President isn’t required to account for the whereabouts of Dr. Fauci at all times. Key federal personnel overseeing the pandemic response have a wide range of responsibilities that prevent them from being present at every single daily press briefing.
Trump went on to line up Acosta for what likely would’ve been another political and irrelevant question, savagely telling the CNN operative to “Go ahead Jim, try another one.”
As Jim Acosta tries repeatedly to derail attempts to provide the American public with vital information about the federal coronavirus response, it’s probably worth considering temporarily (or permanently) suspending his press credentials in order to allow the near-daily briefings to focus upon policy substance.
Acosta has been suspended from the White House press pool before, following disruptive attempts to derail substantial briefings with political nonsense.
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