Fake News Media Tactic # 45: Change the narrative of the real story to manufacture a liberal narrative.
President Donald Trump was making a comparison of how the mainstream news media handles news stories, and Politifact ran with it… only to completely miss the whole point.
Trump wasn’t saying that the national debt went down because of him. He was simply saying it went down in the first month of his term while it went up significantly for Barack Obama in the same time period. Politifact took Trump’s words to mean the former, and went to work to prove him wrong so that they could embarrass him. When it turned out that Trump was right about the numbers, the leftist Politifact went into attack mode to cleverly make it seem like Trump was saying it was all about him. They simply can not report that Trump was right about anything.
The point Trump was making, that every Trump supporter already knows, is that the leftist mainstream news media would have either let the statement alone or would have gone to great lengths to praise and support the statement had it been made by Barack Obama.
H/T The Daily Caller
Politifact decided to fact-check one of President Donald Trump’s tweets Sunday and found that “the numbers check out.” The fact-checking site then rated the tweet “mostly false.”
“The media has not reported that the National Debt in my first month went down by $12 billion vs a $200 billion increase in Obama first mo,” Trump tweeted.
The tweet from Trump came after Gateway Pundit reported on the change in the national debt under the two respective presidents and after former Godfather Pizza CEO Herman Cain brought up the figures on Fox News.
Politifact wrote: “The numbers check out. And in fact, the total public debt has dropped another $22 billion since the Gateway Pundit article published, according to data from the U.S. Department of Treasury.”
Despite this, Politifact still gave Trump a rating of “mostly false” and titled its article, “Why Donald Trump’s tweet about national debt decrease in his first month is highly misleading.”
Politifact writer Aaron Sharockman quoted various experts who said that Trump’s administration is unlikely to be the reason for the decrease in debt and that Trump is focusing on the wrong set of numbers.
“Trump would be wise to not read too much into this figure, which sounds more noteworthy than it actually is. The national debt fluctuates up and down depending on the day,” Sharockman wrote. “While the debt is ‘down’ after one month, experts say that trend will reverse and the debt will continue to rise.”