President Donald Trump took to social media early Sunday to criticize the purveyors of fake news, saying their “fraudulent reporting” is bad for democracy.
…and CNN’s Jim Acosta made the unwise decision to counter the claim.
“With all of its phony unnamed sources & highly slanted & even fraudulent reporting,
#Fake News is DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country!” the president tweeted.
The network’s senior White House correspondent, who is making a name for himself sparring with the Trump administration, responded to Trump’s post by saying calling out those who trade in “fake news” — which Acosta cleverly conflates as the “American news media” — is bad for our democracy.
Calling the American news media "fake news" may feel good to some. It may energize the base. But it's bad for our democracy.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 16, 2017
Not lost to the discerning eye is the reality that Trump is not speaking of ALL media sources, but just a few media giants who operate with a decidedly anti-Trump agenda that have been busted more than once for false reporting, like Acosta’s own network, CNN.
Social media users got the distinction… and they took Acosta to the woodshed. Not only for his slanted assessment, but for being completely oblivious to his own bias.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
“Bad for our democracy” sounds like a nice phrase. But how is it bad, exactly?
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) July 16, 2017
You mean like when they knowingly foist dangerous falsehoods on us? pic.twitter.com/ZHq4KKW4i2
— Doc Washburn (@DocWashburn) July 16, 2017
When/where exactly do you believe POTUS called all of the American news media “fake news”?
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) July 16, 2017
— Raven (@KazeSkyz) July 16, 2017
You know what else is bad for our democracy? A media that pushes a partisan agenda in collusion with a political party
— Jim Verdi (@jjverdi) July 16, 2017
Feeding debate questions to a Democrat may feel good to your newsroom, but it’s bad for democracy.
— Razor (@hale_razor) July 16, 2017
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 16, 2017
Imagine a world where the American media stopped giving people who call it "fake news" so much ammunition to validate the charge… https://t.co/Ljdsn0k6zT
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) July 16, 2017
So is having majority of media acting like a super PAC for one party. https://t.co/RaqHo9gzWO
— Judson McCulloch (@JudsonMcCulloch) July 16, 2017
Apparently we cannot have "democracy" unless cnn is on a pedestal. https://t.co/Eflq5U2goB
— NeoKong (@The_NeoKong) July 16, 2017
— Mickey Lapp (@MickeyLapp) July 16, 2017
When you continue to spread misinformation and biased reporting, what do expect, an award? https://t.co/JqtblImBzt
— Allen Ray (@2CynicAl65) July 16, 2017
Actually, it's free speech. You don't have a monopoly on that right, "journalist." https://t.co/KSeorGoqoH
— Business Master Crapplefratz (@Crapplefratz) July 16, 2017
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