Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens blasted major news outlets for spreading patently false claims about a recent bill designed to regulate abortions and protect pro-lifers in the Show Me State.
And in Trump-like fashion, he bypassed the media to take them on.
Shortly after the Missouri House of Representative approved the measure, the pro-abortion group NARAL Pro-Choice America sent out an email, claiming that it would “restore[s] the right to discriminate against women,” The Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
Without adequately investigating the legislation, media outlets, including The Huffington Post, the Daily Dot and Newsweek picked up the story, and Newsweek claimed that the bill would “allow employers and landlords to discriminate against women who use birth control or have had abortions.”
Newsweek later retracted that story after it learned the truth, according to a Daily Caller follow-up:
What the legislation actually did was establish protections for pregnancy care centers and prevented people being forced to “directly or indirectly participate in abortion” if it’s contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions.
Greitens, a Republican, blasted the media’s irresponsible reporting with both barrels in a video he posted to both Facebook and Twitter. He called out Newsweek and The San Francisco Gate by name, as well as a liberal pro-abortion feminist group.
“The liberal media is spreading lies about conservatives in Missouri,” he wrote in his video’s description. “It’s literally fake news.”
The liberal media is spreading lies about conservatives in Missouri. It’s literally fake news. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/bi7PcQ7J40
— Eric Greitens (@EricGreitens) July 6, 2017
The governor’s Facebook post received more than 1,400 comments. Here are a few examples:
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“Night and day difference in Governor leadership from the last guy. Thank you! #sharing,” John Robert wrote.
“News media has been destroying this country and they don’t care what the truth is since the truth does not make money – lies makes money,” said Wendy Grose. “I am opposed to freedom of the press since it does not hold them responsible or liable for fake news. If we get rid of freedom on the press – at least all those they lie about can now make money suing the fake news media.”
And John Howard said, “Great work Governor! Don’t let the libtards on here discourage you. The real Missourians have your back and we’ll be with you at the polls next election.”
Greitens was also praised on Twitter.
Thank you governor. 👌I guess the fake news is everywhere.
— Daniel (@gashauler72) July 6, 2017
We Are Behind You – Keep , Keeping Us Informed
— Diane L Watters (@Dwatters745L) July 6, 2017
I am so very thankful for our capable Executive Leader–God Bless Our Governor.
— Pro2AGuy (@markew) July 6, 2017
Keep up the great work!
— Dutch (@brian_dutch) July 6, 2017
The video was retweeted more than 300 times and received more than 600 “likes.” The Facebook post really took off, and was shared nearly 10,000 times and received 463,000 views.
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