Trump's Koigate Is Fake News Spun by Shameless White House Press Corps
One of the contributing factors to Donald Trump's election last year was the widespread perception that the media elites were completely detached from the rest of the country. Many see the media, with its credibility shredded, alternate between reckless mishandling of the truth and pathological lying.
Take, for instance, an entirely manufactured controversy taken from President Trump's current visit to Japan.
An otherwise uneventful photo op with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been falsely spun by the White House press corps as a massive diplomatic blunder.
During the photo op, Trump and Abe were feeding koi in a pond below the balcony with spoons.
After several spoonfuls, PM Abe dumps his box of fish food into the pond. Trump follows in kind.
Here's the video:
But the pool reporter traveling with the president, Justin Sink of Bloomberg, tweeted out that Trump had just decided to dump the whole box into the pond -- never mentioning that he was following PM Abe's lead:
CNN even edited out of its video PM Abe dumping his box of fish food first, zooming in on Trump to make it appear he did it on his own:
ABC News also ran with the deceptively edited video:
Huffington Post also pushed out the fake news:
And the White House press corps ran hard with the fake news headline:
NBC News White House reporter Monica Alba:
New York Times White House reporter Julie Davis:
Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire:
CNBC Trump administration reporter Christina Wilkie: