John S. Bowman: ‘Fake news’ is a Trumpism and deserves to be discussed as such

  • President Donald Trump talks Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. AP PHOTO/Jacquelyn Martin

Published: 1/10/2019 8:44:46 AM

Once again, Dr. Fleitman has contributed a thoughtful column on a pressing issue, in this instance, “fake news.” But I am sorry to say that he has blurred the issue by his citing of examples that have little to do with the current controversy. None of the cases he cites has much, if anything, to do with President Trump’s and his supporters’ brandishing about of this charge.

What liberal/leftish news sources such as The New York Times report can almost always be verified as factual — and when they are wrong, they tend to so admit and correct. But what Trump and his supporters (such as Rush Limbaugh and his ilk) call “fake news” are reports of facts and situations that they simply do not like to recognize. Meanwhile, Trump simply repeats outright lie after lie.

Dr. Fleitman fails to discuss these matters, instead raising the issue of bias that occasionally colors some news reports. “Fake news” is a Trumpism and deserves to be discussed as such. Thus, compare a week’s issues of The New York Times with a week of Trump’s tweets and public statements and then decide what is “fake news.”

John S. Bowman

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