More Fake News

Yesterday morning I saw a headlining story on the BBC about how Donald Trump had tipped a whole box of fish food into a pond full of carp, heavily implying he lacked the patience or intelligence to feed them slowly with a spoon as he was supposed to. I ignored it as the usual anti-Trump bollocks from the BBC but I wish I’d screen-grabbed it because it later disappeared. However, CNN’s coverage remains online:

Trump feeds fish, winds up pouring entire box of food into koi pond

The moment happened as Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headed to lunch. The leaders were escorted to a dining room that overlooks a koi pond at Akasaka Palace.

As an aide clapped loudly, Abe and Trump tossed spoonfuls of fish food into the pond. Then, with a look of enjoyment, Trump quickly poured his entire box of food into the pond.

Most major news sites have a video of the incident, including CNN and The Independent – which uses the caption:

Mr Trump upends the fish food into the collection of precious koi carp as Mr Abe looks on and smiles

Dozens of news outlets relayed the story and Twitter piled in, with most using a graphic like the one below:

This was the graphic the BBC used, with a similar caption, before the story mysteriously disappeared. So why did they pull it? Because it was fake news of course:

Moments before, Shinzo Abe threw his entire box into the pond and Trump simply followed suit, and all of this can be seen in the unedited clip. But major news channels like the BBC and CNN decided to go with a carefully edited clip which showed Trump looking foolish, and ran it on their front pages. Someone, somewhere in these organisations are quite deliberately making these decisions, abandoning all pretence of impartiality and accurate reporting. What’s amusing is this sort of stuff gets exposed within hours in the modern era, yet still the mainstream media behaves like this and insists they are bastions of truth and knowledge. It’s why Trump’s “fake news” remark was so effective and why the term has become so widely used. I suspect it’s also why Iranian authorities view anyone who work for such organisations with deep suspicion and throw them in jail as political subversives. If they showed the slightest capacity for self-awareness, they’d be addressing these practices immediately.

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10 thoughts on “More Fake News

  1. “What’s amusing is this sort of stuff gets exposed within hours”: but only to people by the dozen. The fake news reaches people by the million. That’s why the buggers fake it. Only gibbets will stop them.

  2. Tim

    The trouble is that the vast majority of people don’t get to see the lies exposed.

    Shocking numbers of people rely on the BBC and the MSM in general for all their news and most of their opinions.

    It’s a nightmare actually, especially nowadays when politicians and journalists seem to be more brazen than ever and politics is extremely polarised, and the MSM has taken up a position well towards the more damaging of the extremes.

  3. The thing that gets me is that even if Trump had dumped in his fish food unprompted, no one would give a fuck except for people who already hate Trump.

  4. @JerryC – indeed – this stuff only plays well to the clapping seals. Most other people spot what the media are doing and think “eh? They’re ragging on him for *that*?”

  5. Bloke in Italy,

    “The trouble is that the vast majority of people don’t get to see the lies exposed.

    Shocking numbers of people rely on the BBC and the MSM in general for all their news and most of their opinions.”

    Brexit and Trump suggest there’s been considerable weakening of the MSM’s powers and that they’re losing control. I don’t think Trump would have won the nomination a decade ago. The likes of CNN and ABC would have locked him out and it would have been Jeb vs Rubio.

    The BBC’s news audience reach has slid from 25m 5 years ago to around 22m today. https://www.statista.com/statistics/290866/bbc-news-viewers-reached-quarterly-uk/

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