Dem college student’s digital ‘satire’ involving Ivanka and Giuliani unintentionally ensnares media elites

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The anti-Trump media continue to discredit themselves in their desperate bid to take down the President and his aides. In the latest debacle, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Stephanie Ruhle and Politico’s David Freedlander all got duped by a college student who perpetrated a hoax where he claimed to have entrapped Rudy Giuliani by posing as Ivanka Trump in texts.

Indiana University student Nick Roberts — a Democrat who voted for Joe Biden — posted the fake text messages on Twitter, where they were immediately promoted by Trump-hating leftists. After getting tens of thousands of retweets, Roberts confessed that the texts were bogus and were merely a hoax he concocted with his twin brother for fun.

Nick Roberts is the vice president of the college Democrats at Indiana University. He tried to downplay his hoax, which embarrassed the left-wing media.

“It is satire,” Roberts told Mediaite.  “It’s a conversation I had with my brother.”

But Nick admitted he was shocked at how gullible the media were to believe something bad about the Trump camp. “I underestimated how much people would believe it in the first place,” Roberts told Indianapolis Monthly.

Nick said MSNBC opinion host Rachel Maddow immediately shared his fake texts without even trying to confirm their authenticity beforehand. So did fellow MSNBC leftist Stephanie Ruhle. In contrast, some others at MSNBC did try to fact-check the texts first and didn’t share them after realizing they were fake.

Roberts remarked: “If you’re at that level [like Rachel Maddow], you should immediately fact check those sort of things. Other people from MSNBC messaged me about it first, and I told them it wasn’t real.”

Maddow’s first reaction was to share Roberts’ bogus text messages, where he claimed to have posed as Ivanka Trump and gotten a reply from Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Maddow snarked in frustration: “I can’t even.”

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Similarly, Politico contributing editor David Freedlander gloated sarcastically: “Rudy seems to have learned his lesson, is tightening protocols, checking ID’s, and is now being taken in by someone claiming to be Ivanka Trump but who is in fact the vice president of the College Democrats of Indiana.”

Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC colleague, Stephanie Ruhle (another rabid Trump-hater) fumed over the fake text messages.

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This is not the first time that Stephanie Ruhle has humiliated herself by falling for anti-Trump fake news.

In 2016, Ruhle was forced to apologize after falsely reporting that Fox News had held its Christmas party at then-President-elect Trump’s swanky hotel in Washington, D.C.

Ruhle breathlessly bleated the fake news to underscore the conflict of interest caused by the nonexistent incident. After pushing the fake news for almost five hours, Ruhle later offered an insincere apology on air.

Predictably, Rudy Giuliani is being viciously targeted by the Left after revealing that Hunter Biden’s laptop contained a trove of explicit photos of underage girls.

The laptop also contained disturbing texts where Hunter appeared to confess to his dad, Joe Biden, that he FaceTimed naked with a 14-year-old girl while smoking crack.

The media has reacted by attacking Giuliani and dismissing the Biden bribery scandal as “Russian disinformation.” For the record, even Joe Biden’s own campaign has not said this, or even disputed the authenticity of the content on Hunter’s laptop.

Samantha Chang

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