Fake News Whoppers–EIB FactCheck–part 3 of 3

Fake News Whoppers–EIB FactCheck–part 3 of 3

  1. Fiction: “White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon tried recently to order around Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly over the issue of Trump’s Executive Order … Kelly reportedly pushed back hard, telling the Trump confidant that he had no authority to issue orders to dhs. There was supposedly an in-person confrontation between Bannon and Kelly at the dhs headquarters, as well as words exchanged during a 2 a.m. conference call.” — synopsis of Washington Post article by Josh Rogin “reporting” multiple meetings and conversations that never happened, The Washington Examiner, 2/4/17

Fact: “The article previously stated that Stephen K. Bannon visited Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly’s office on Jan. 28. [Press Secretary Sean] Spicer said Bannon did not make such a visit. He also said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Bannon did not participate in a 2 a.m. conference call on Jan. 29.” — “Editor’s Note” on corrected version of Josh Rogin piece, with the fake reporting deleted, The Washington Post, 2/4/17

  1. Fiction: “Trump 100% photo-shopped his hand bigger for this picture hanging in the White House, which is the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen.” — Dana Schwartz, New York Observer writer, tweet (now deleted), 1/27/17

Fact: The original Getty image had not been altered. Schwartz later tweeted: “Let me be clear: i do not know for sure whether or not the hands were shopped. Please don’t take my tweets for verified news. But I do hope Trump saw this and it ruined his day.” — Quoted at Hot Air, 1/27/17. Fact: The only ruin here is Ms. Schwartz.

  1. Fiction: “Donald Trump Changes Black History Month to African American History Month.” — tmz headline (now deleted), 2/2/17

Fact: “Donald Trump, turns out, did not officially change Black History Month to National African American History Month … it’s been that way for decades.” — tmz, hours later, 2/2/17

  1. Fiction: “Breaking: US Treasury Dept easing Obama admin sanctions to allow companies to do transactions with Russia’s fsb, successor org to kgb.” — nbc’s Peter Alexander, tweet, 2/2/17

Fact: “New: Source familiar w sanctions says it’s a technical fix, planned under Obama, to avoid unintended consequences of cybersanctions.” — Peter Alexander, correction tweet, 2/2/17

  1. Fiction: “In 1969, Fred Trump plotted to run for mayor of New York … He made two test television commercials. One of them, called ‘Dope Man,’ featured a drug-addled black youth wandering the streets. ‘With four more years of John Lindsay,’ the narrator intoned, ‘he will be coming to your neighborhood soon.’ The ad flashed to the anxious faces of two well-dressed white women. ‘Vote for Fred Trump. He’s for us.’ The other commercial, ‘Real New Yorkers,’ showed scenes of ‘real’ people from across the city, all of them white. Fred Trump, the narrator said, ‘is a real New Yorker too.’ In the end he didn’t run, but his campaign themes were bequeathed to his son.” — Sidney Blumenthal, London Review of Books, in a passage that has been deleted, quoted in The Washington Examiner, 2/11/17

Fact: “The original version of this piece contained … a paragraph referring to Fred Trump’s campaign for mayor of New York … [that] has been removed because the campaign ads referred to appear to be clever fakes.” — London Review of Books, 2/16/17

  1. Fiction: “Trump Weighs Mobilizing 100,000 National Guard Troops for Immigration Roundups.” — ap, 2/17/17

Fact: “That is 100 percent not true. It is false. It is irresponsible to be saying this. There is no effort at all to round up, to utilize the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants … It is not a White House document.” — Sean Spicer, about a low-level internal draft memo with no White House involvement that does not mention “100,000 troops,” but the media is still reporting as fact, ap, 2/17/17

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