It’s been a busy year for the leftist establishment media.
Since President Donald Trump took office on January 20, the major news outlets have been hard at work to discredit him. The mainstream media has always been biased against Republicans — but over the last two years, their skewed reporting has been on full display.
At no point in history have we seen the establishment media go so far out of their way to distort the truth and deceive the American public. They have told numerous lies about conservatives in an effort to further their left-wing agenda.
This article will point out some of the more egregious untruths the media has disseminated to the American public. But this list does not cover all of their lies — if I covered each deceptive report, every fib, all of the exaggerated stories, it could take eons to read them all. However, the examples in this piece will give you an idea of how the leftist media has attempted to sway the opinions of the American public to fit their narrative.
February 7: Killing Grizzlies
Lie: The Washington Post reported that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stated that school administrators in rural areas should be allowed to arm themselves so they can prepare for a grizzly bear attack.
Truth: Don’t worry, Yogi Bear is safe. DeVos was only stating that regulations regarding weapons in schools should be left up to the state and local authorities. She then referred to a conversation she had earlier with Senator Mike Enzi in which they discussed a school in a rural area of Wyoming. “I would imagine there, that there’s probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies,” she said.
February 1: Let’s Invade Mexico!
Lie: Politico claimed that during his phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Trump threatened to send troops to Mexico.
Truth: Never happened. The Mexican government later said that Trump never threatened to invade Mexico. The leaked transcript of the phone call showed that Trump offered to send troops to help Mexico against the drug cartels if it was needed. It wasn’t a threat; it was an offer to help.
February 1: President Trump Hung Up On The Australian Prime Minister
Lie: The Washington Post stated that President Trump started a heated argument with Malcolm Turnbull. The president ended the call by hanging up on the prime minister.
Truth: The two leaders definitely argued, but it is not certain why things became tense. Turnbull did set the record straight when he stated that Trump did not hang up on him.
January 26: State Department Officials Fled in Droves To Protest Trump
Claim: The Washington Post stated that the state department’s “entire senior administrative team’ resigned to protest President Trump.
Truth: Nope. Four of the officials who resigned were told that their services were not needed, so they gave their resignations. This is another common practice that the left wants you to believe is uncommon.
Jan. 20: Gadzooks! The Trump administration removed LGBTQ and climate change pages from the website!
Lie: Various news outlets including The Washington Post, CBS News, and others stated that the Trump administration took down some pages on the White House’s website. These pages addressed issues such as climate change and LGBTQ matters. They indicated that the removal of these sites signal that the Trump administration will ignore these issues.
Truth: Taking down pages on the White House’s website is a normal practice — it usually happens when a new administration takes over. It’s been this way since Bill Clinton was in office.
Every major news outlet refers to Trump’s travel ban as a “Muslim ban.”
Lie: President Trump drafted his executive order limiting immigration from certain countries to keep Muslims out of the country because he’s a mean old Islamophobe.
Truth: The travel ban targeted only seven countries that represent only 13% of the world’s Muslim population. If this is meant to be a Muslim ban, it’s not a very good one.
Trump Protected His Business Interests When Crafting Travel Ban
Lie: The establishment media as a whole reported that Trump deliberately left countries in which he has done business out of the travel ban. Only countries where he does not have business interests are included in the executive order.
Truth: President Trump did not create the original list of countries to be affected by the travel ban. The list was created by the Obama administration to identify nations that did not have the means to vet immigrants and refugees. Perhaps the REAL collusion story was Obama and Trump working together to protect Trump’s business interests?
April 18: Trump restricted communication on federal agencies after taking office.
Lie: The Washington Post published a report stating that President Trump ordered federal agencies to temporarily restrict their communications.
Truth: This claim is true, but The Post conveniently left out the fact that this is a normal practice — one that Obama also did when he took office.
November 6: CNN’s “Fishy” Report On Trump’s Koi Pond Fiasco In Japan
Lie: CNN reported that during his visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Trump dumped his bowl of fish food into the koi pond.
Truth: Trump did dump his bowl into the pond after giving the fish a few scoops. However, he only dumped his bowl after Abe poured the remaining contents of his bowl first. Trump was only following Abe’s lead, but CNN’s video purposely did not show Abe dumping his bowl of fish food first. It was a blatant attempt to make the president appear boorish and rude.
June 22: Scaramucci’s “Ties” to the Russian Government
Lie: CNN reported that Senate investigators were investigating ties between Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Trump’s transition team and the Russians.
Truth: CNN’s story fell apart when it was discovered that Scaramucci had no such ties to any Russian divestment fund. The former communications director slammed CNN on Twitter for their false reporting. “It’s ok. I did nothing wrong. They like hitting friends of @potus who are loyal advocates on his behalf.” CNN later retracted the story and issued an apology, which Scaramucci accepted. Three journalists who were involved with creating the story were forced to resign.
June 14: The New York Times Resurrects The “Gabby Giffords’ Shooting Was Sarah Palin’s Fault” Lie
Lie: Jared Loughner, the gunman who shot Gabby Giffords in 2011, was motivated by a map on Palin’s website that used crosshairs to target Democratic politicians who were vulnerable to being defeated by GOP candidates.
Truth: This lie — which was repeatedly debunked in 2011 — is what the establishment media would call “an oldie, but a goodie.” Despite the fact that the media continually promulgated this false narrative, it was revealed that it was unlikely that Loughner ever saw the map. The New York Times repeated the story in the wake of an attempted murder spree carried out by a leftist gunman. Palin later sued The New York Times for defamation,but the suit was ultimately dismissed.
June 6: Comey Will Reveal Trump’s Lies On Russia Investigation
Lie: In the days leading up to Comey’s testimony before Congress, CNN and other news outlets stated that the former F.B.I. Director would refute Trump’s claim that Comey told him that he was not personally under investigation.
Truth: CNN got a rude awakening when Comey released a written copy of his opening remarks for his testimony. He affirmed that he told the president that he was not personally under investigation for colluding with the Russian government. “Before the January 6 meeting, I discussed with the FBI’s leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally,” he wrote. “That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him. We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted.”
May 21: CNN: Fox News’ Coverage Of President Trump Isn’t Negative Enough
Lie: CNN’s John Berman stated that Fox News was the only news outlet that gave Trump “overwhelmingly positive coverage.” They cited a Harvard study that analyzed coverage of the president by the major news outlets.
Truth: The problem with Berman’s claim is that he selectively chose the parts of the Harvard study that supported his narrative. He focused on only the section that addressed the president’s fitness for office. Berman did not mention the section showing that Fox’s overall coverage of the president is 52% negative and 48% positive. This hardly constitutes “overwhelmingly positive coverage.”
As you can see, the establishment media has been busy this year. These reports represent only some of the tall tales our beloved 4th estate has told in 2017. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they plan to start doing some actual reporting anytime soon.
2018 will likely bring more whoppers from the leftist media establishment, and it’s not difficult to guess what their objective will be. With the midterm elections coming in November, there is no doubt that the media will work with the Democratic Party to bring about Trump’s impeachment.
Historically, the party that occupies the White House tends to lose seats in Congress. With Doug Jones’ win in Alabama, the GOP could be in a precarious position come November 2018. If the Democrats manage to seize control of Congress, there is no doubt that they will attempt to remove Trump from office.
The media will be working overtime to convince the American public that the president isn’t fit to serve in office. Conservatives would be wise to be ready for media to distort the news in a way that furthers the left’s agenda and we must be ready to fight back with our most powerful weapon: the truth.