Absolutely True “Fake News.”
In a series of April 21, 2018 tweets President Trump viciously attacked and smeared the professionalism of New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. Calling Haberman a “third rate reporter,” Trump claimed Haberman and the NY Times used “non-existent sources” and “a drunk/drugged up loser.” Trump directly accused Haberman and the NY Times of “lying or making up stories.”
All this because Haberman, and the Times, reported Michael Cohen was considering “flipping” against Trump, something Trump said would not happen.
Of course, we now know that Trump was wrong, very wrong. Haberman and the NY Times were dead on right in their reporting. Just three months after these tweets, Cohen would publicly report that Trump knew in advance of the June 2016 secret meetings his son and son-in-law had with Russian agents to get dirt on Hillary Clinton. Just a month after that Cohen would plead guilty to campaign finance fraud and implicate President Trump as a co-conspirator.
The level of Cohen’s conversion was recently made clear with the revelation he has formally changed party affiliation and is now a registered Democrat. This is a man who as recently as June was the Deputy-Chairman of the Republican National Committee’s finances.
Haberman and the Times could not have been more right and Trump could not have been more wrong. Here’s the real significance of this.
This is yet another case of Trump personally attacking and smearing the professionalism of a reporter, and labeling something fake news, that turned out to be completely accurate. That’s something for you to remember next time Trump tells you something is fake news.
I am sure Haberman and the Times are awaiting an apology for Trump accusing them of “lying and making up stories.” I am also sure they will be waiting for a very, very long time. Trump does not do what honorable men would do.
But there is a lesson here for all of us. Whenever you hear Trump tell you reporters are lying, or making up stories, or engaging in “fake news,” remember this. When evaluating the credibility of Trump vs. the media, remember this.