It wasn’t the first time Trump duped the press.
Journalists covering the White House are incensed, claiming that they were misinformed about what President Trump would cover in his Tuesday night joint sessions speech to Congress.
They allege that they were told by a senior white House official at a Tuesday luncheon that the president would adopt a softer tone on immigration during his address to a joint session of Congress.
Some even claim that the “senior White House official” was none other than the president himself, who would announce that evening that millions of illegal immigrants would be granted legal status.
That anonymous White House “official” talking to news media today? His name is Donald Trump. https://t.co/NlilANJJP0
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) March 1, 2017
But then again, BuzzFeed has its own problems reporting fake news.
Trump’s new stance would reportedly have been close to 2009’s Senate “Gang of Eight” comprehensive immigration proposal, but he said nothing of the sort in his speech.
Good speech tonight for immigration hawks. Despite all the day’s rumors, Trump showed no signs of moderating on the issue of amnesty.
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) March 1, 2017
“Bait and switch” and “misdirection play” were the terms used by CNN’s Sara Murray on Wednesday, as she described an attempt by the Trump admin to coax news anchors to give positive press about the speech in the hours before it was actually delivered.
“Basically they fed [them] things that they thought these anchors would like, that they thought would give them positive press coverage for the next few hours. A senior administration official admitted that it was a misdirection play,” she told CNN host John King and others on his panel.
King wondered if how much trust — if any — reporters should give the White House.
“It does make you wonder; so we’re not supposed to believe what the senior-most official at the lunch says — who then they allowed it to be the president’s name says — we’re not supposed to believe what they say?” he asked. “Maybe we shouldn’t believe what they say.”
CNN still complained about the misdirection Wednesday evening — as did Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut.
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) March 1, 2017
Members of the news media and liberal activists fired off:
So…the "misdirection" from the White House on immigration from yesterday when they said DT open to a compromise, was…a LIE. SHOCKER.
— Maria Cardona (@MariaTCardona) March 1, 2017
Our take on Trump speech:“Press reports that Trump might embrace comprehensive immigration reform turned out to be a cruel hoax."/1
— Frank Sharry (@FrankSharry) March 1, 2017
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 1, 2017
Trump “misdirected” the press before at the opening of his Washington, D.C. hotel almost two months before the general election. At that time he told his press pool that he would address the birther issue of then-President Obama.
Reporters threw a temper tantrum when they realized they’d been duped by who was then the Republican presidential nominee.
Instead of a full statement on the birther issue, reporters witnessed a promotion for his hotel and a rally of military veterans praising Trump.
His statement on the place of Obama’s birth was treated as an afterthought instead of a full press conference.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
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