Accuracy in Media


On Wednesday, HuffPost shot out a claim that former President Barack Obama took aim at President Donald Trump by stating there are two things the leader of the free world should not do.

At a tech conference, Obama said one should rely on a diverse set of opinions before making decisions and to not watch TV or read social media.

“Those are two things I would advise, if you’re our president, not to do,” Obama said. “It creates a lot of noise and clouds your judgment.”

Despite HuffPost reporter Ed Mazza putting out the story, Jon Favreau, a former Obama aide said this was not a “swipe” at Trump. By confirming this was not a swipe at Trump the former speechwriter for Obama ensured that there was no story here.

The reporter went on to state all of the Trump asides who are in legal trouble but did not mention any of Obama’s failures or legal woes during his administration, leaving the article one-sided.

During the Obama administration, there was IRS targeting scandal of conservative organizations, Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of unsecured servers, and other smaller scandals that were downplayed.

Despite this claimed “swipe,” Trump continues to see his approval rating surpass Obama, and not just on Rasmussen reports.

According to Newsweek Trump’s “[A]pproval rating on Wednesday was 44.3 percent, according to a Real Clear Politics average of more than a half-dozen major polls. That is higher than Obama’s average approval rating of 43.9 percent on September 18, 2011, by the same measure.”




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