Accuracy in Media

Fake news from the Washington Post debunked? Associated Press reporter Matt Lee, who covers the State Department, disputed the Washington Post allegation that Rex Tillerson told State Department employees to avoid eye contact with him.

Tillerson is Trump’s new Secretary of State and leads differently than past cabinet secretaries, which appeared to have irked State Department employees. Anonymous sources gossiped, in Lee’s words, to the Washington Post about Tillerson telling them to not make eye contact with him.

The Washington Post stood by their sources, as one would expect, even after Lee said it was gossip and he had looked into it for himself a week before the Washington Post allegation came out.

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  • Bagehot

    Want more WAPO “fake news?” Check out today’s (4/04/17) front page story of a meeting in the Seychelles between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and an unidentified Russian. Un-named sources speculating that the supposed meeting may have involved a “back channel” from Trump to Putin for some unstated purpose. Content: -1%; gossip +99%. A once good newspaper now little more than a political hit piece.

  • American ex-Pat

    As Jeff Bezos is the WAPO owner, a big-time Democratic donor, and a continuous Trump basher, what would one expect from this “National Enquirer” wannabe? Money must be good over there, because there is no other reason for any serious reporter to work there!

  • Sue

    Too bad we couldn’t have Hillary:
    Within the White House, Hillary had a “standing rule that no one spoke to her or make eye contact when she was going from one location to another,” says former FBI agent Coy Copeland. “In fact, anyone who would see her coming would just step into the first available office.”
    One former Secret Service agent states, “If Hillary was walking down a hall, we were told to hide behind drapes used as partitions.”
    “Hillary didn’t like the military aides wearing their uniforms around the White House,” one former agent remembers. “She asked if they would wear business suits instead. The uniform’s a sign of pride, and they’re proud to wear their uniform. I know that the military was actually really offended by it.”
    Hillary one day ran into a White House electrician who was changing a lightbulb in the upstairs family quarters. She screamed at him, because she had demanded that all repairs be performed while the Clintons were outside the Executive Mansion.
    “She caught the guy on a ladder doing the lightbulb,” says Franette McCulloch, who served at that time as assistant White House pastry chef. “He was a basket case.”
    White House usher Christopher B. Emery unwisely called back Barbara Bush after she phoned him for computer troubleshooting. Emery helped the former first lady twice. Consequently, Kessler reports, Hillary sacked him. The father of four stayed jobless for a year.
    While running for US Senate, Hillary stopped at an upstate New York 4-H Club. As one Secret Service agent says, Hillary saw farmers and cows and then erupted. “She turned to a staffer and said, ‘What the f?-?-?- did we come here for? There’s no money here.’?”