Using his preferred method of communicating with the public, President Trump tweeted the winners of his “Fake News Awards” on the evening of January 17. His tweets included a link to an article entitled “The Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards” on the Republican National Committee website. He declared,
Below are the winners of the president’s 2017 Fake News Awards.
1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman [who] claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.
[That item displayed a headline originally run by the Daily Caller: “Paul Krugman Says Markets Will ‘Never’ Recover From Trump; Dow Hits Record High.”]
2. ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.
[This item included a graphic of a headline reading: “ABC demotes Brian Ross after bungled report on Trump, Russia” and a graph illustrating the precipitous decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average immediately after the release of the ABC report on December 1, 2017.]
3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.
[This item included a graphic of a Fox News headline reading: “CNN botches dates, inaccurately reports Trump campaign had WikiLeaks sneak peak.”]
4. TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.
[This item included a photo of Trump in the Oval Office with a bust of King.]
5. Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.
[This item included a photo of the Pensacola arena showing that it was filled. After that was Trump’s tweet, reading: @DaveWeigel @WashingtonPost put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousands of people outside, on their way in. Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!]
6. CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding.
[This item included a video of Trump with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, showing that Abe dumped his box of fish food into the tank before Trump followed his lead.]
7. CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”
[This item included a graphic of a Washington Post headline reading: “Three CNN employees resign over retracted story on Russia ties.”]
8. Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.
[This item included a photo of Trump from INSTAR images showing him shaking hands with Kornhauser-Duda.]
9. CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.
[This item included a screen capture showing two CNN news broadcasts with the following captions displayed on them: “Sources tell CNN: Comey to testify he never told Trump he was not under FBI investigation.” “Comey: Told Trump he was not under investigation.”]
10. The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.
[This item included a graphic of a Washington Post headline reading: “New York Times guilty of large screw-up on climate-change story.”]
11. And last, but not least: “RUSSIA COLLUSION!” Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!
Trump expanded on this charge in a tweet:
Donald J. Trump
Well, now that collusion with Russia is proving to be a total hoax and the only collusion is with Hillary Clinton and the FBI/Russia, the Fake News Media (Mainstream) and this phony new book are hitting out at every new front imaginable. They should try winning an election. Sad!
8:32 AM – Jan 5, 2018
The president’s message continued as follows:
While the media spent 90% of the time focused on negative coverage or fake news, the President has been getting results:
1. The economy has created nearly 2 million jobs and gained over $8 trillion in wealth since the President’s inauguration.
2. African Americans and Hispanics are enjoying the lowest unemployment rate in recorded history.
3. The President signed historic tax cuts and relief for hardworking Americans not seen since President Reagan.
4. President Trump’s plan to cut regulations has exceeded “2 out for every 1 in” mandate, issuing 22 deregulatory actions for every one new regulatory action.
5. The President has unleashed an American energy boom by ending Obama-era regulations, approving the Keystone pipeline, auctioning off millions of new acres for energy exploration, and opening up ANWR.
6. ISIS is in retreat, having been crushed in Iraq and Syria.
7. President Trump followed through on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and instructed the State Department to begin to relocate the Embassy.
8. With President Trump’s encouragement, more member nations are paying their fair share for the common defense in the NATO alliance.
9. Signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the VA to fire failing employees and establishes safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
10. President Trump kept his promise and appointed Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Public reaction to Trump’s fake news awards was somewhat predictable, but also included some surprises. Jeb Lund, a former political columnist and reporter for Rolling Stone and The Guardian, wrote a hit piece for NBCNews.com headlined “Trump’s Fake News Awards were just another front in his fraudulent war on truth.” The article carried a subheading: “The president’s list of supposedly bad reporting is more fake than any of the ‘fake news’ cited in it.”
A main critique about the “Fake News” items released by Trump is that the media eventually retracted most of the items or even apologized for them — so Trump’s detractors say that they are not Fake News, but simply errors. While it is true that even the best-intentioned media can make mistakes, the mass media’s bias is so apparent that even when they tell the truth in general, they spin the stories so as to chastise the president for something. Such bias makes errors in reporting inevitable. Moreover, rarely do capitulations and retractions by those media receive the same stature or air time as the original stories.
While one might expect Trump’s campaign against “fake news” to draw criticism from Democrats in Congress, his two most outspoken critics were the two Republican senators from Arizona, John McCain and Jeff Flake.
McCain published an op-ed in the ultra-liberal Washington Post that tore into the president’s use of his terminology. “The phrase ‘fake news’ — granted legitimacy by an American president — is being used by autocrats to silence reporters, undermine political opponents, stave off media scrutiny and mislead citizens,” McCain wrote.
Flake, the other senator from Arizona, delivered a speech on the Senate floor against Trump, in which he compared Trump’s treatment of the free press to that of Joseph Stalin:
It was a year in which a daily assault on the constitutionally protected free speech was launched by the same White House, an assault that is as unprecedented as it is unwarranted. The enemy of the people was how the president of the United States called the free press in 2017. Mr. President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Joseph Stalin to describe his enemies.
With Republican “allies” such as that in the Senate, Trump might be better off taking his chances building a consensus with Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein. He would at least know what to expect from those two liberal Democrats.
However, Trump did receive a favorable reaction from Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, who said on his Twitter account on January 17, just hours after Trump announced the recipients of his Fake News Awards:
President Trump just stressed again the power of fake news. Thank you. We must continue to fight that phenomenon….
Poland experiences the power of fake news first hand. Many European and even U.S. officials form their opinions of Poland based on the relentless flow of fake news.
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The president’s actual mental health is irrelevant when you’re carrying out a coup
The Soviet-Style push to Paint Trump as Mentally Ill
Powerless to dislodge the duly elected 45th president from office, desperate left-wingers and their media allies are borrowing a page from Soviet Communism by dishonestly portraying President Trump as mentally unfit.
This is a coup attempt in progress and there is no indication it will go away anytime soon. In an earlier age, it might have been called high treason. The difference is that in the Soviet Union it was the government doing the smearing in order to maintain power. In America today, it is the opposition that is doing the smearing in the hope of removing its enemy from power and becoming the government.
Decades ago Moscow set the example that Trump-haters are now following. (Former Soviet propagandist Oleg Atbashian wrote an excellent piece at FrontPage last week on Soviet-style psychiatry.)
Soviet leaders from Nikita Khrushchev to Yuri Andropov called on friendly psychiatrists to diagnose dissidents as mentally incapacitated
“The Soviets devised a system that allowed for political figures — especially those who posed a threat to party leaders — to be declared mentally unfit for office,” Jordan Schachtel writes at Conservative Review.
To combat unsavory political opinions, Soviet leaders from Nikita Khrushchev to Yuri Andropov called on friendly psychiatrists to diagnose dissidents as mentally incapacitated. Some dissidents were then sent to a psikhushka (mental hospital), where they were imprisoned and removed from political life. The pseudo-psychiatry establishment — which in effect acted as an ideological policing agency — continued until the fall of the Soviet Union.
Pseudo-psychiatrists, along with some actual psychiatrists and psychologists, now smear President Trump daily. “Without evidence that there is anything [in] particular wrong, CNN’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s Chuck Todd, the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, and other media figures are now regularly asking about the president’s mental health,” Schachtel writes.
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), who wants the 25th Amendment invoked and Trump impeached, tweeted Jan. 9: “We have a president who is intellectually ill-equipped for the job. … He is the antithesis of what we should have as a moral leader in our country.”
Left-wing bloviator Keith Olbermann tweeted Jan. 11:
This man has to go. Now. I don’t care if it’s the 25th Amendment, Impeachment, Arrest, Resignation, something “coming up” at his physical tomorrow, General Strike, or we all crash the stock market by selling off. We must Make America AMERICA Again. #MAAA
Leftists are psychiatrizing, stigmatizing, and gaslighting to make sure the Trump presidency is never, in their words, “normalized.”
It’s not that Trump is actually mentally ill. His true failing is that he doesn’t see things the way they do and they cannot handle it.
Leftists are psychiatrizing, stigmatizing, and gaslighting to make sure the Trump presidency is never, in their words, “normalized.” When Trump does things that presidents normally do, like firing the U.S. attorneys appointed by his predecessor, he is treated as a threat to the republic.
Democrats have done the same thing to all modern Republican presidents to varying degrees, labeling, for example, both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush as dimwitted or sociopathic depending on their propaganda needs, but they have never attacked any Chief Executive with the ferociousness they reserve for President Trump. To them, Trump is a singular evil devoid of any political legitimacy whatsoever. The 63 million Americans who voted for him were deceived, they claim, so their votes don’t count.
Casual character-assassination is easy for the Left. They have to lie to others and themselves in order to remain left-wing. Reality is not kind to so-called idealists who deny human nature. The leftist worldview is a funhouse mirror view of reality, or as the recently popular saying goes, facts don’t care about your feelings, and feelings are the glue that holds their twisted belief structure together.
Those on the Left seem to be realizing that the ridiculous Trump-Russia electoral collusion conspiracy theory manufactured and paid for by Democrats isn’t going anywhere. The Obama-orchestrated Deep State attacks on Trump that began even before he was inaugurated, and which overlap to an extent with the conspiracy theory, can only move the ball forward so much. All-too-convenient allegations of sexual impropriety, many of which have been underwritten by left-wingers, bounce off Trump thanks in part to the Left’s long-running defense of sexual predator Bill Clinton which set a precedent of sorts. This is hardly an exhaustive list of the deceitful, malicious campaigns the Left has waged thus far against Trump.
Reporters at the White House asked 22 questions about his mental state
Those on the Left watched the hour-long live televised briefing Tuesday on Trump’s health in horror as it failed to culminate in a finding that he was mentally or physically unfit to be president of the United States.
Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, personal physician to both Presidents Trump and Obama, gave Trump a clean bill of health that reporters present and leftists online could not accept. Reporters at the White House asked 22 questions about his mental state and repeatedly pressed Jackson to just come out with it and say Trump was nuts, a “fact” reporters know already.
As Schachtel writes:
It’s unclear why these questions are warranted in the first place. Sure, the president has a unique personality and has a flair for drama, but he has shown no signs of any type of mental illness that would stop the duly elected president from carrying out his executive duties. Time and again, Dr. Jackson had to repeat himself in declaring that President Trump was fully fit for office, both cognitively and physically.
But Jackson patiently indulged the media at length.
He told the world that Trump’s brain, eyes, lungs, muscles, arteries, bones, genitals, and intestines were healthy and functioning normally. The briefing was exhaustive and exhausting, as Schachtel notes, especially because an exasperated Jackson had to keep telling reporters the same facts over and over again. On the positive side, with all the personal information released, Trump, whose “overall health is excellent” Jackson said, continues his streak as the most transparent U.S. president in modern times.
Lifelong abstinence from tobacco and alcohol have also contributed to Trump’s well-being
That Trump is mentally well was hotly disputed. It was as if Jackson’s statement that Trump scored 30 out of 30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which screens for Alzheimer’s and dementia, fell on deaf ears.
That Trump is 75 inches, or 6 feet and 3 inches tall, was disputed. That Trump weighs 239 pounds was disputed, leading to a fun neologism – girthers – to describe doubters like logorrheic leftist Matthew Yglesias of Vox. That Trump, who is 71 years old, has a healthy heart was disputed. That Trump only sleeps a few hours each night was disputed.
But how could a man who eats fast food and “never exercises” be “in as good as shape as you say he’s in?” asked one shocked-sounding reporter.
“It’s called genetics,” said Jackson, who added that lifelong abstinence from tobacco and alcohol have also contributed to Trump’s well-being.
I don’t know. Some people have just great genes. I told the president that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old. I don’t know. He has incredible genes, I just assume. I mean, if I didn’t watch what I ate, I wouldn’t have the cardiac and overall health that he has.
Flake’s much hyped speech to a near empty Senate Chamber
Meanwhile, returning to the topic of Soviet Communism, retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) delivered his much-hyped speech absurdly comparing Trump to a mass-murdering dictator Wednesday to a near-empty Senate chamber.
It is a fact that Trump has referred to the media as the “enemy of the American People.” Except for the descriptor American, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin used the same phrase in his time. The Romans used it about 2,000 years before that.
But only Stalin’s use of the expression counts, according to Flake, and Trump is therefore similar to one of history’s most prolific homicidal maniacs even though he hasn’t sent anyone to a gulag or had secret police liquidate his opponents.
“It’s a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Joseph Stalin to describe his enemies,” the senator said.
Flake, who spoke nary a nasty word about Obama during his presidency, didn’t bother to acknowledge that the 44th president came close to the same phrasing, calling Republicans “enemies.”
When you’re a Trump-hater, you don’t have to make sense.
Let’s see how many CNN stars drop with a heart attack or are led off to mental health institutions in the next “3-5 years”.
CNN Not Predicting But Wishing a Heart Attack for the President
It’s not a CNN ‘prediction’ that President Donald Trump will have a heart attack in “3-5 years”, it’s their wicked, undying wish.
It was predictable that CNN would rush to air their bitter disappointment when White House Dr. Danny Jackson gave the president a clean bill of health.
‘Oh no! The misogynist racist is in good physical AND mental health’ they likely cried into their cafe lattes off screen before going on air with Gypsy-like predictions.
TV ghouls, host Alisyn Camerota and medical analyst Sanji Gupta predicted that President Trump, judged as “borderline obese” by Gupta, would be felled by a heart attack within “3-5 years”.
Gupta, incidentally is a neurosurgeon and not a cardiologist.
“Camerota held back laughs over Trump’s height, which the exam found to be 6’3″. He had reportedly been 6’2″ in the past.(American Mirror, Jan. 17, 2018)
“Somehow he has grown while being in the White House,” she snarked.”
You can say that again, Ms. Camerota, and how!
“Because of Trump’s weight of 239 lbs., she said his Body Mass Index is “two-nine point nine.” (American Mirror)
“Gupta conceded the BMI ratio is “not a perfect ratio by any means,” but nevertheless, went on to declare Trump “borderline obese.”
“So he’s point-one away from being in the obese category,” Camerota emphasized”.
Any day now, CNN will be shouting “Fatty, fatty” every time they talk about Trump.
“After Vice President Joe Biden’s doctor panned CNN’s hysteria, Camerota went back to Gupta. (American Mirror)
“Because of Trump’s calcium score, CNN predicted the president will have a “heart attack or heart disease” in “3-5 years.”
“But Gupta was more aggressive.
“So the president has heart disease,” he declared.
“Yesterday, CNN host Brian Stelter didn’t accept Dr. Ronny Jackson’s findings, either.
Meanwhile CNN’s Trump heart attack predictions are about as reliable as their predictions during the 2016 presidential election campaign when they predicted he had no chance of winning.
Nor was it ever the president’s mental health that was questionable.
Can’t state the same thing about the mental status of CNN talking heads as is proven in still shots from November 8, 2016.
The president’s not off his rocker, but count on CNN going even ditzier when they realize their useless wishes aren’t coming true.
Let’s see how many CNN stars drop with a heart attack or are led off to mental health institutions in the next “3-5 years”.