Accuracy in Media

You won’t believe the lie President Trump has been caught in now.

He tweeted: “With one Yes vote in hospital & very positive signs from Alaska and two others (McCain is out), we have the HCare Vote, but not for Friday.”

No senators are in the hospital. It was later confirmed Trump was referring to Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., who would be a yes vote for Obamacare repeal. Cochran tweeted: “Thanks for the well-wishes. I’m not hospitalized, but am recuperating at home in Mississippi and look forward to returning to work soon.”

So Cochran does have a health problem and the health problem is keeping him away from voting on Obamacare repeal. But Trump was painted as a dirty liar for mistakenly saying he was in the hospital.

Salon’s Charlie May considered this a threat to democracy. He starts off saying the explanation of Cochran being in the hospital was offered as “the reason the GOP-led health care bill could not secure enough votes.” Actually, Trump was talking about another proposal and why it would not be voted on by Friday.

“Reporters were quick to point out that Trump had made these claims, even though they aren’t true,” May said, and then quoted a tweet from Josh Dawsey, a Politico White House reporter, that said, “Trump just said on six occasions a senator can’t vote because he is in the hospital. No one is known to be in the hospital.”

 Note the language … “made these claims, even though they aren’t true.”

They were even angrier that Trump had not noticed their snarky corrections. “Trump (at 1:20) repeats the claim that a Republican senator is in the hospital. There’s no senator in the hospital.”

The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake piled on, noting “President Trump yet again wrongly claimed that a hospitalized senator was preventing Republicans from passing their health care bill, even though they have the votes.

“This is hardly the first time Trump has made a blatantly false claim – he has made more than 1,000 wrong or misleading ones as president – but this one is notable for its brazenness, how self-serving it is, the number of falsehoods contained within and its repetition. All of this makes it basically impossible to believe this is an innocent mistake. And if it’s not, it’s massively cynical.”

The list of “Trump lies” shows it is the Post that doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt for making innocent mistakes and that the paper itself is massively cynical.

It says Trump claimed, “Unemployment is near a 16-year low.” That’s a lie … no, actually, it’s not. It’s just that Trump uses data he previously dismissed. Trump said, “Wages are rising.” That’s a lie because … no, actually, it’s not either. Wages are rising; it’s just that they were rising to a lesser degree before he took office and he did not note that.

Trump said, “We’re putting our miners back to work.” That was a lie … actually, not. The Post admits mining jobs have grown by 2 percent, but it says oil sector jobs sometimes are considered mining jobs – this is patently wrong itself – and those have ticked up because prices have rebounded, which “has little to do with administration policies.”

Trump bragging on the repeated records being set on the stock market is a lie because he “dismissed the stock market performance under Obama as ‘artificial’ and ‘a bubble.’” His boasts that approving the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines would produce 48,000 jobs was wrong because, in an economy that produced 230,000 jobs in his first month in office, 48,000 is not all that many. Or something.

On Trump’s lament that one vote by John McCain sank Obamacare repeal, the Post says this is untrue because other measures also failed to attract enough votes to pass.

In other words, there are people – a lot of them apparently because this seems a massive, company-wide effort – sitting at the Washington Post doing nothing all day and night but inventing things to criticize the president about. A once great newspaper ruined by a political novice out to get a president he doesn’t understand.

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