The big story this week was a book written by a guy known for exaggerating about a guy known for exaggerating with the main source being another guy known for exaggerating. And I’m not exaggerating.
I am old enough to remember Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow. They might have been liberals, but you trusted every word they uttered – and you could never guess their political leanings from their reports. Jim Lehrer (PBS NewsHour) didn’t even vote in elections so that his political leanings would be completely invisible in his reporting.
Today’s liberal broadcasters hate our President so vehemently that they will regurgitate anything that makes him the fool. This week we have the book by Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House. The only requirement a liberal “newsperson” demands before spouting off that our President is – insane, a moron, a pervert, etc., etc. – is that Michael Wolff wrote it in his book.
[Sources: We Live in Stupid Times, by Derek Hunter; Hoax: Leftists fall for parody story about Trump…, Ben Shapiro]
Importantly, even Michael Wolff admits his book isn’t “accurate.” In his prologue he writes: “Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.” Mr. Hunter, in his article, sums up this admission admirably: “I don’t know if all this stuff is true, I didn’t bother to verify it. And I filled in some gaps myself because ‘why not?’”
As far removed from “journalism” as Wolff’s book might be one would think the “real” journalists would, at very least, check that the “story” they are about to report actually was in Wolff’s book! But, no! Forget “fake news.” We have moved on to “spoof news.”
Their hatred for President Trump causes them to regurgitate anything that demeans him. That can’t be true, say you. Ahh, but you would be wrong, say I. Here is a story that was actually reported by several news outlets without realizing IT WAS A SPOOF about the Wolff book! And not just a spoof but an immensely ridiculous, laughable, absurd, risible, farcical, and ludicrous spoof!
Here is what was published by @pixelatedboat. I must admit that as spoofs go this was a good one:
Here’s the thing. Trump-Russia conspiracist Eric Garland reported it. Shadi Hamid of the illustrious Brookings Institute reported it. Australian journalist Samantha Maiden reported it, and Tim Young congratulated @pixelatedboat for their great journalism!
My friends, I feared for the nation because freedom of speech was under attack. Now I am even more fearful when the Brookings Institute hires people that could believe a story like this without checking ANY SOURCES!