Trump's Reaction To 'Fake News' Makes It More Believable

Trump's Reaction To 'Fake News' Makes It More Believable

His reaction to it makes it even more believable.

Before entering politics as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump was an extremely successful entrepreneur and television personality. You either love him or you hate him. Some people admire his boldness and ability to speak his mind, and some find it offensive and crude. I know how I feel.

Since Donald Trump is well-known for his tweets, I was going to do an article comparing the tweets about major events from him and another politician. However, as I was looking at his twitter, I realized a vast majority of his tweets are about "fake news."

Through countless amounts of tweets, interviews, and press conferences, it is abundantly clear that Donald Trump does not trust or respect the media. In February 2017, there was a viral video of Trump going off on reporters at a press conference. In addition to continuously telling reporters to "be quiet" or "sit down," he made very bold statements directed at one specific reporter. The reporter was asking a question about anti-semitic acts when Trump interrupted saying, "You see he said he was going to ask a very, simple easy question. And it's not. It's not. Not a simple question. Not a fair question, OK sit down. I understand the rest of your question."

Trump talked about his answer to the question for a minute before saying, "See he lied about... he was going to get up and ask a very straight, simple question. So, you know, welcome to the world of media." If that interaction alone, does not make it abundantly clear to you that he has no respect or trust for reporters or news organizations, take a look at his Twitter.

He recently retweeted a tweet from @RightlyNews that read, "Trust in the media is at the lowest level in all of U.S. history. The American people see right through the liberal media's lies!" Bill O'Reilly, a very conservative anchor for Fox News tweeted that Donald Trump will not be able to impact licenses, but is doing severe damage to NBC. Donald Trump quoted this saying, "Sadly, they and others are Fake News, and the public is just beginning to figure it out!" A few days earlier, Trump tweeted "People are just now starting to find out how dishonest and disgusting (FakeNews) @NBCNews is. Viewers beware. May be worse than even @CNN!" and "The Fake News Is going all out in order to demean and denigrate! Such hatred!"

While Donald Trump is making valid points about the media being untrue these days, is he executing it correctly? Not in my opinion. As a marketing major and someone taking a class on journalism and social media, I have learned that the world of news and media is changing, and the role of journalists and reporters are changing as a result. The goal now is to get as many views or clicks as possible, and with so many different news organizations out there, they are forced to use clickbait or share fake news to be successful in reaching that goal.

The problem with the way that Donald Trump is handling the issue of fake news is that it makes him look incredibly unprofessional and makes him look worse than it makes the news looks. Also, it makes the fake stories more believable. With Trump actually having done or said so many outrageous things, any untrue story about something crazy he has done or said is much more likely to be believed.

Donald Trump has tweeted several things about taking away the license of certain media outlets including tweets saying "Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!" and "With all of the fake news coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!" But, would that be violating the constitution? I guess that depends on how you interpret the first amendment and the role of the government.

What's your opinion? Do you think Donald Trump is right in attacking news organizations and threatening to take away their licenses?

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When Your Enough Just Isn't Enough

Do what you can, and God will do what you can't.

Have you ever felt like your enough just isn’t… enough? I feel like often times, even in smaller situations, we belittle the greatness that we can achieve because of our own personal thoughts or what others lead us to believe. It’s like, yeah, I wrote this paper, but did I really put my all into it? Or, yeah, I did my Bible study, but was my heart really into it?

It’s times like this when I must sit back and remember that God is God and He knows every depth and shallow I’ve been through! Lately I’ve found myself wondering if I’ve been doing enough to follow my calling properly, or even if I’ve done enough to please God. Sometimes doing what you want to do for God can be disheartening because rejection and a whole lotta “no”s come along with it. The outcome will always be pleasurable, but the journey to reach out to someone’s heart can be difficult. 

Hebrews 10:36 (NIV) says “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” 

To me, this verse is saying, “Do what YOU can, and God will do what you can’t.” 

Is that not amazing to think about? We have the honor of having a God that will never leave our side. Receiving your calling and attempting to do the best to please God can be difficult – there’s no doubt about it. God never said it would be easy, but He did reassure us that He wasn’t going to leave us behind. Whether your passion for God is to sing, minister, be a missionary, or absolutely anything, do what you can and God will do the rest – with your drive, of course. 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve backed out of opportunities or denied my calling to others, just because of how selfish I am about it. I felt like my enough wasn’t enough! But, if we’re doing what God wants, under Him and for Him, He will be pleased. That’s the beauty of it all!

So next time you feel like you’re not doing enough, take a step back and look at what’s in front of you. 

Are you doing what you can so that God can do what you can’t? 

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Black British Viewpoint On The H&M Ad

Why his mother is unbothered? And why South African Protestors are?

You've seen it everywhere. A photo of this beautiful Black Boy wearing a sweater (aka Jumper) stating "cutest monkey in the jungle". Now many people immediately expressed outrage about the entire situation but when I saw this, my original response was as follows:

And it seems that the boys mother agrees with me:

“[I] am the mum, and this is one of hundreds of outfits my son has modeled. Stop crying wolf all the time, [it’s] an unnecessary issue here. Get over it.. That’s my son, [I’ve] been to all photoshoots and this was not an exception. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about this… I really don’t understand but not [because I’m] choosing not to, but because it’s not my way of thinking. Sorry.

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IS DIFFERENT TO THE AFRO CARIBBEAN EXPERIENCE

A fellow Brit writes:


Like this commenter mentioned, I've heard white and black parents in the UK refer to their kids as a cheeky monkey. You see before moving to the USA, I use to say all the time "racism DOES NOT exist". Yeah don't get me wrong I'd experience two moments that I remember, that had a slight racial bias attached to it. But it was two separate incidents in the twenty-something years of my life. It was really nothing. Scrap that maybe three. After all my family is multiracial. Many family members includng my uncle, brother in law, cousins in law are white and my lineage is mixed. I could go to a pub meet a white person or a person of any other race, and have a deep meaningful conversation about a plethora of issues with no judgment and feel like there really is a deep connection and acceptance. Heck, I could have that conversation at a bus stop.

My family member writes:


It's not the same in the USA. It's a constant barrage of judgment, of questioning everything and every experience. From the moment you walk out of your door, you could be subjected to multiple incidences of racist bias that leave you raw and unable to know how to process or to cope. ou leave your house and if in an affluent neighborhood, your neighbors can make you feel like you don't belong.Y You walk into your nearby Krogers, where until you are labeled as ok, you could be followed all around the store on a daily basis. You see your neighbors who do not acknowledge and often do things that let you know, you are un-welcomed (you don't belong) in your very own neighborhood. You go to work, where you are isolated and made to feel that it was not designed for you. Where you micromanaged and made to feel less than in so many ways. You drive home from work where if you are a black man, one false move could be the end of your life.

You see, the African American experience is one that dehumanizes you. It has become so polarized that it's difficult to even know which way to look. I mean my daughter was subjected to bullying with a racial element, at the age of 4. FOUR years old. It's heart-wrenching and just unacceptable. I can go to an event be it a birthday party or a school led event where everyone knows me, but many if not all at times, choose to not speak to me. It's a brutal experience.


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HERE'S MY POINT

The experiences are so different that I honestly can relate why for the Swedish black Mum took no issue with the sweater/jumper or the ad. But I also being black in America where it is common to dehumanize black people, and where this subjection is daily and constant can understand why there is such outrage and why many people take offense. There is a school of thought out there that believe H&M did this on purpose. That this was an opportunity to gain free publicity. I truly hope not. Either way I shout You Cannot Define Me, I am Beautiful, Learned, Adorable, Capable a King (aka BLACK) for that little boy. I also understand why those in South Africa protested to the point that H&M has had to close its door.

The divisive nature of the country, nay, the world needs to get on a better track if we are truly to move forward. When will we learn?I really and truly just don't get it. Let me know your thoughts?

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