The most destructive and pervasive lie of our time is the one that the media tells about President Trump being a liar.
It’s the media’s go-to smear on the duly-elected president — the duly-elected president, I should note, who is keeping his promise to drain the swamp that the media rely on for survival.
The Washington Post is even keeping a list. And that list is cited repeatedly by the media and their leftist allies…
This President has told over 20,000 lies since he took office!
You hear it over and over and over again. And that number — 20,000 — is based on the list that the Washington Post leftists created.
But the Post’s list isn’t “20,000 lies.”
It’s “20,000 Falsehoods, Misleading Claims and Flat-Out Lies.”
Okay, I guess. But who decides what a “misleading claim” is? And what’s the difference between a “falsehood” and a “flat-out lie?”
I’d bet good money that if we randomly pick 100 of the Post’s claims, the breakdown will be in the neighborhood of…
- 5% lies / deception
- 35% embellishments / spin
- 60% subjectivity / opinion
And 100% of it is perspective and politicking that the leftists at the Washington Post absolutely hate. So they keep a list and when he says something impossible to quantify like “Nobody loves the Mexicans more than Trump!” they say “That’s a ‘lie’!”, and they add it to their list.
Then the rest of the media cites that list when they casually say, “He’s lied over 20,000 times!”
And eventually, like other lies the media tell so much that they seem to become “true,” it just kind of becomes accepted.
Don’t get me wrong. Because the media has disgraced and discredited itself beyond repair for at least one generation and probably several more, nobody actually believes that lie or any of the others they tell. But there are some media lies that we stop pushing back on and the “Trump’s lied over 20,000 times!” appears to have become one of those.
Speaking on behalf of the Biden campaign earlier this week, Andrew Bates said “Fact-checkers have caught him telling over 20,000 lies to the American people while in office alone.”
That was just 2 days ago, as reported by Fox News.
Notably, neither Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin nor John Roberts — who both contributed to the report — corrected the lie. Instead they and the others at Fox News, like those throughout the rest of the media, let the smear stand unchecked.
President Trump hasn’t told 20,000 lies. He’s done a lot of spinning and has opinions that left-leaning “fact checkers” dishonestly call “lies” because they don’t like him and he’s a threat to their livelihood. But the idea that he’s lied 20,000 times and it’s all documented, or even that he lies more than any other politician, is itself one of the most destructive and divisive lies being told today. And, as usual, it’s being told mostly by the media.
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