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Most U.S. presidents get their briefings from the experts on their staff. Donald Trump gets his information from Fox News. The New York Times reported early this month that Trump watches up to eight hours of wire TV news a day, and Fox News is his comprehensive favorite. As he guzzles Diet Cokes and scarfs quick food, Trump keeps on eye on the Faux News anchors and pundits who offer him their consistent adoration. Everything else he denigrates as feign news, quite if it offers an unflattering truth.
This would be cryptic by any standard, but it’s done all the some-more guileful by the fact that Fox News is garbage. Studies have found that viewers who watch Fox News aren’t just reduction sensitive than other news consumers, but know reduction than people who don’t watch any news at all. That’s the outcome of Fox’s unconstrained stream of choice facts, the very thing that keeps the network in preference with the Trump regime.
Trump mostly promotes Fox errors and misinformation given they offer his agenda. Here are 5 examples of Fox lies and misinformation Trump has steady given his election.
1. When he tweeted Fox News’ lies about his campaign manager’s crimes.
In late October, Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort—who done his name doing PR for dictators—was indicted on a dozen charges, including income laundering, swindling and taxation fraud. Court papers specified that while Manafort’s crimes date back to 2006, the allegations enclosed actions in 2016 and 2017. Fox Friends fast got to work swelling the distortion that Manafort’s indiscretion had occurred “many years before he assimilated Trump.” Fox News articulate heads ran with their reserved angle, with Geraldo Rivera tweeting that Manafort’s “corruption predates time w @realDonaldTrump” and author Byron York stating Manafort’s “alleged crimes…if they took place, took place years before he assimilated the Trump campaign.”
Shortly after Fox’s fake reporting, Trump seized on the useful lie and used it in one of his own defensive tweets. “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was partial of the Trump campaign,” Trump wrote in his message, blathering on about “Crooked Hillary the Dems.”
2. When he steady Fox News’ fake stating about James Comey.
In their hectic promptness to assail former FBI executive Comey, Fox Friends writers totally misread a report from creditable news opening the Hill. The source essay indicated that of the 7 memos Comey wrote detailing his discouraging conversations with Trump, 4 contained personal information. Comey had formerly stated, testifying before the Senate, that he shared one memo that did not contain classified information with a crony to trickle to press. But a Fox Friends shred and successive chatter claimed Comey had leaked “top secret information” to a friend, a stipulation with no attribute to the truth.
“James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media,” Trump tweeted, his apparent source the bad information supposing by Fox Friends. “That is so illegal!”
The following day, after countless outlets reported on the lie, Fox Friends co-host Steve Doocy expelled a correction—though not an apology—for the error. The Trump improvement is really on its way any day now….
3. When he was confused by Fox News about the Swedish terror attack that never was.
In their ongoing efforts to demonize Muslims both at home and abroad, Fox News put its spotlight on a documentary joining the boost in aroused crime in Sweden with the attainment of brownish-red migrants. (On a not-so-side note, the Guardian cites a Swedish Migration Agency report showing that is totally made-up Islamophobic garbage.) After examination the report on a Friday night, a confused and fact-indifferent Trump told an assembly on Saturday that a terror attack had just occurred.
“You demeanour at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would trust this?” Trump lamented to a Florida crowd. “Sweden, they took in vast numbers, they are having problems like they never suspicion possible.”
He went on to discuss the cities of Nice, Paris and Brussels, all of which had gifted militant attacks in new years.
The news repelled no one some-more than the Swedes, who had no thought what Trump was articulate about and fast famous that he didn’t, either. “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking?” Swedish politician Carl Bildt mockingly asked.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted that his “statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in anxiety to a story that was promote on @FoxNews concerning immigrants Sweden.” Of course.
4. When he tweeted falsehoods about President Obama given he misunderstood a Fox News report.
In the early morning of Mar 7, Fox Friends fast cycled by the day’s headlines. Trump’s courtesy may have been held by a report that the “Trump administration just killed a former Guantanamo Bay detainee [Yasir al-Silmi] expelled by Barack Obama…He had been expelled back in 2009 even yet the Department of Defense endorsed that he stay behind bars. One hundred twenty-two prisoners expelled from Gitmo have returned to the battlefield.”
Fox reiterated that proclamation in a chatter that again settled “at slightest 122 former Gitmo detainees have re-engaged in terrorism.” Trump could simply have asked any of the experts in his circuit about a numbers breakdown, but instead he motionless to wing it, posting a chatter wrongly blaming Obama. “122 infamous prisoners, expelled by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield,” Trump wrote in the Twitter missive. “Just another terrible decision!”
That’s a sincerely humorous explain from the aristocrat of terrible decisions. The Daily Banter gets to the heart of the problem here:
Naturally, Trump leaped to the end that all 122 detainees mentioned in the piece were expelled by President Obama. They weren’t. In fact, according to the Director of National Intelligence’s website, President Bush expelled 532 detainees from Guantanamo Bay, and 113 of those former detainees returned to “the battlefield.” Meanwhile, Obama expelled 161 detainees, with just 9 returning to the battlefield. So, no, Obama didn’t recover 122 “vicious prisoners” from Gitmo who returned to terrorism. He expelled 161, but only 9 of them rejoined al-Qaeda.
5. When he even retweeted a Fox spelling blunder of his own words.
While delivering a debate in Poland last summer, Trump announced that “the West was saved with the blood of patriots.”
Fox News aired the speech, but instead of Trump’s tangible words, the chyron offering a misquote that read, “POTUS: WEST SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF PATRIARCHS.”
The blunder itself isn’t that extraordinary. Tickers, chyrons and other onscreen graphics are mostly created quickly, and mistakes are firm to happen. That, or Fox News believes Trump truly meant to contend that bloodthirsty dads, fighting to the death, are the genuine heroes. Both of these things seem equally likely.
In any case, Trump tweeted the Fox News clip featuring the typo, despite the fact that it contained a sum misstatement of his own words.
As another Twitter user noted, footage from just after the debate seemed to show Trump aimlessly moving around the theatre with no clarity of where to go or what to do. we theory that fits good with not remembering his own speech.
LOST IN SPACE For the 2nd time in 3 days Trump gets lost on … theatre w/a deer-in-the-headlights demeanour IN POLAND. pic.twitter.com/W7isPlA9Ok
— Rogelio Garcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) Jul 6, 2017
Kali Holloway is a comparison author and the associate editor of media and enlightenment at AlterNet.