The founding fathers of the United States of America, enshrined the guaranteed freedom of the press in the first amendment to the Constitution, in our Bill Of Rights.
With the need for our government to be transparent and our citizenry to be informed, the press for decades was crucial as a counterbalance to those who wanted to return to tyranny.
According to Wikipedia – “Journalism is the unbiased production and distribution of reports on current or past events based on facts and supported with proofs or evidences. The word journalism applies to the occupation, as well as citizen journalists who gather and publish unbiased information based on facts and supported with proofs or evidences.”
Sean Hannity, who has been in the news business for over 30 years, has told his audience of 20 million listeners for years, journalism is dead.
With just a quick search, I found numerous fake news stories, just in the past 10 years, and another one was dropped a few months out from the November 3rd elections.
It was published by the Atlantic magazine, a known propagator of fake news. The justification for the scrutiny they receive is because they have been caught publishing false stories before, which raises more questions about the legitimacy of this report given by unknown people.
With journalism being dead and buried within Atlantic magazines’ four walls, it is not surprising their Editor in Chief is out defending a story, which he admits has a possible major error in it but defends it’s relevancy anyway.
His mindset is the same as the disgraced liar and former CBS anchor Dan Rather, who said about Atlantic’s article about President Trump: ‘Whether He Said It or Not, It Is Believable to a Lot of People’
Via The Federalist
On Sunday, Atlantic Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg admitted the White House’s account that President Trump’s trip to a cemetery of fallen World War I soldiers in France in 2018 was modified due to bad weather is probably accurate.
“I’m sure all of those things are true,” Goldberg told CNN in an interview on Friday when asked to respond to evidence a story he published saying otherwise is false.
In the story published in The Atlantic on Thursday, Goldberg asserted that multiple senior White House staffers heard President Trump express a desire to cancel his visit to the cemetery because “It’s filled with losers.”
“When President Donald Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he blamed the rain for the last-minute decision, saying ‘the helicopter couldn’t fly’ and that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there. Neither claim was true. Trump rejected the idea of the visit because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain, and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead,” Goldberg wrote, citing only anonymous sources.
Despite conceding that the cancellation due to weather might be true, Goldberg stood by his story about President Trump’s trip to the cemetery, claiming that “the public’s interest in meeting this information outweigh the ambiguities or the difficulties of anonymous sourcing” and that he will “be continuing to make that effort to move this material directly onto the record.”
President Trump denied the claims by Goldberg and his anonymous sources, saying that other people on the trip such as the Secret Service and Gen. Keith Kellogg can “refute” the allegations.
“I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that about our fallen heroes. There is nobody that respects them more. So I just think it’s a horrible, horrible thing,” he told reporters as he deplaned from Air Force One. “We made a great evening into, frankly, a very sad evening, when I see a statement like that. No animal, nobody — what animal would say such a thing?”
The White House also denounced the piece in The Atlantic, calling it “patently false” and “offensive fiction.”
“This report is patently false. President Trump holds the military in the highest regard. He’s demonstrated his commitment to them at every turn: delivering on his promise to give our troops a much-needed pay raise, increasing military spending, signing critical veterans reforms, and supporting military spouses. These nameless anecdotes have no basis in fact and are offensive fiction,” said White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah.
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s book, released earlier in the year to criticize Trump, corroborated the White House account that the trip to the cemetery was canceled for the president’s safety over bad weather and response time if the need to leave France unexpectedly arose.
“It was a straightforward decision to cancel the visit but very hard for a Marine like Kelly to recommend, having originally been the one to suggest Belleau Wood… Trump agreed, and it was decided that others would drive to the cemetery instead.”
Fortunately, there are enough people in the press, who can flush out most lies. The damage from these propaganda pieces really depends on the amount of time that is left, to show the world of their errors, before they have a chance to create history.
The nothing-burger will go down as, terrible try, terrible results, Atlantic “magazine”.