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.
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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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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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10 Microaggressions That I'm Completely Over You Saying

No, you're not being sensitive, that was actually kinda rude.

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I have always noticed little phrases that make me tick a little bit. You know, the ones that make you tilt your head a bit and think "Did they really mean that, like I think they meant that?" but then you just brush it off. However, the other day I was having a conversation with my best guy friend. He was explaining to me a funny story involving his older brother and at one point I said "I relate" to which he responded, "it's different for girls."

Wait, what?

Here are some subtle, everyday micro-aggressions that are getting a little old:

1. "You don't get it, it's different for boys."

Honestly, you're right. It is different, and that's why this comment bothers me, because it shouldn't be different for guys. We should be held to the same exact standards and experiences.

2. "Is it like... that time of the month?"

What if it is? That shouldn't be any of your concern. You mean to tell me you wouldn't be a happy-go-lucky ray of sunshine if it felt like there were jackknives playing hopscotch in your uterus? That's what I thought.

3. "Don't be such a girl."

That's exactly what I'm going to be. Partially because I am a girl, and partially because whatever it is you're trying to force me to do, I genuinely don't want to do. Leave me alone.

4. "Lol am I totally being friend zoned right now?"

Hahahahaha... yes. Just because you're a boy, I'm a girl and we have struck up a conversation does not mean there are butterflies going crazy in my stomach, nor will I reconsider my "friendship" status simply because you have verbally stated it. Sorry, not sorry.

5. "Are you sure you want to wear that?"

Oh, this? You mean the article of clothing I purposely picked out of my closet and have put on my body and not taken off? No, I'm actually not sure if I want to wear it yet. I'll let you know at the end of the night.

6. "Why don't you smile more? You're cuter when you smile."

And you're cuter when your mouth is shut and you're not telling me what to do. Also, I always look cute.

7. "You're being dramatic, it's not that deep."

Fun fact: It's actually as deep as I want it to be. Everything you say is up for my interpretation. I don't know how you're thinking or how you want me to process what you're saying... so if I think it's that deep, it's that deep.

8. "Well, you do this better than I do anyway."

First of all, you're most likely not even trying. Second, I don't know what I'm doing half the time and I asked you to do it for a reason. So, just do it.

9. "How could you possibly not want children?"

By not wanting them. See? That was easy to understand.

10. "There's no way you guys are 'just friends'."

There actually is a way. By being friends. The same way you're just friends with your bros and with that girl in your math class that sends you the notes. Friendship is very much possible.

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To be completely honest, I've said some of these phrases. Some of them even to men. Every day I try to stop myself, even if it's mid-conversation, from saying phrases like such because every little step is another one towards a society that doesn't need to demean one gender in order to be "funny" or "relatable."

I don't expect there to be a magical day in the future where none of these phrases are spoken, but the less they're heard, the better.

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