Accuracy in Media

President Trump lied more than 1,000 times in October, according to the latest update from the Washington Post.

But a closer look at the list reveals what has changed is not the frequency of Trump’s alleged lying but the way the Post defines it.

According to the analysis, he lied about everything from the Mueller investigation to the economy to the caravan making its way to the U.S. border. Mostly, according to the Post, he lied about the media.

The Post pointed out as a lie remarks Trump has made at rallies and elsewhere about the economy. On Oct. 30, he tweeted, “The stock market is up massively since the election but is now taking a little pause – people want to see what happens with the midterms. If you want your stocks to go down, I strongly suggest voting Democrat. They like the Venezuela financial model, High Taxes & Open Borders!”

The Post labeled this a “nonsense fear tactic.”

Trump’s claim, it wrote, “originates with the Democrats who have embraced some socialist policies. While Venezuela is governed by socialist leaders, its status as an increasingly failed state follows years of dictatorship and economic mismanagement, not simply a few socialist policies. Most analysts said the stock market swoon resulted from disappointing corporate earnings stemming from Trump’s tariff policy.”

The Post pointed to another tweet about the media. “CNN and others in Fake News Business keep purposely and inaccurately reporting that I said the ‘Media is the Enemy of the People.’ Wrong! I said that the ‘Fake News (Media) is the Enemy of the People, a very big difference. When you give out false information – not good!”

Trump’s “definition of ‘fake news’ is that it is negative, not that it accurately reflects what happened,” according to the piece. “People in the news business have a different definition of fake news – things that did not happen. Reporters do make mistakes, but responsible news organizations correct them.”

The Post pointed to another lie on Oct. 29 regarding Israel. “I moved the, as you know, the embassy to Jerusalem,” the president is quoted saying. “It was going to take years and years to build and it was going to cost over a billion dollars – I opened up a beautiful building for $400,000, already open, saved well over a billion dollars – and it’s opened after four months.”

This is a lie, repeated 11 times, because, “The new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem is a temporary location. It’s not a new building; the U.S. refurbished its existing consulate in Jerusalem. Costs for the permanent embassy could well surpass $400,000 when all is said and done.”

It also took on Trump for remarks about the man in custody for mailing suspicious packages to Democrats and liberal media and the man who killed 11 people in a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“He [Cesar Sayoc, who was alleged to have sent the suspicious packages] was insane a long time before – you look at his medical records – he was insane for a long time,” Trump said. “Bernie Sanders had a fan who shot a very good friend of ours, Steve Scalise – and other people – he was a total maniac – nobody puts his name in the headline, Bernie Sanders in the headline with the maniac.”

The Post claimed “the situations are not the same. Unlike Trump, Sanders did not use the same kind of rhetoric against the media or Republican figures; there was no direct line between Sanders’ language and the supporter who shot at members of Congress.”

It pointed to another Oct. 29 “lie” – “And also, President Obama separated children from parents. Nobody talks about this.” The reason? “Nobody talks about this because it is not true,” the Post reported.

“The underlying laws were the same, but the Trump administration, as a policy decision called ‘zero tolerance,’ mandated anyone caught crossing the border illegally was to be criminally prosecuted. … Obama did not have the same ‘zero tolerance’ policy.”

It may have called it something different, but the Obama administration separated families as Trump charged, according to several independent accounts.

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