After criticizing Trump on a wide range of issues, the New York Times came to Trump’s defense. The incident began with the posting of a video clip supposedly showing a 3 year old child in a wheelchair at the White House which alleged to show the child attempt to shake Trump’s hand, and Trump snubbed him. It was all nonsense as 3 year olds move their hands around alot – that’s what babies do!
This clip was pick up by a website called the washingtonjournal.com, a highly biased website against Trump. It had nothing to do with the CSPAN, Washington Journal broadcast.
It went viral quickly. The well known author of Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowlings tweeted how horrible Trump’s actions were, but later realized that she had been fooled. Factcheck.org wrote,
Even ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling, who criticized Trump on Twitter for the alleged snub, was misled by the video clip. Rowling later deleted her tweets and apologized to the family.
The NY Times ran a photo showing the president bending over, and in fact, shaking the hand of the child. They also stated that J.K. Rowling apologized to the family for her error, but did not apologize to President Trump.
You can see New York Times professionalism in the article.
I always like the quote attributed to Mark Twain, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
While this would make a nice end to this blog, my curiosity got the better of me, and I wanted to know what Twain really said. Turns out, the origins of this great quote may have come from Jonathan Swift in 1710, some 200 years before Twain’s death.
Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it
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It is very interesting that printing presses were praised as spreading knowledge and creating a greater sense of an informed public essential for democracy and at the same time, spreading rumors and false stories.
Today, the culprits for originating and disseminating falsehoods (I like this word) are websites, political radio stations, and news commentary television shows. If you check out the “Pants on Fire” lies on Politifact, you will find they come mostly from bloggers, although some are attributed to comments made by Trump at events.
I admit to being a news snob. What is nice about the mainstream print media is it can’t undone or updated, and it will be seen by experts on the particular topic. So, journalists have to tread carefully on “breaking news.” The New York Times and the Washington Post are not particularly good places for political hacks.