Fox News to Trump: “We don’t work for you.”

“Fake is when it’s wrong, Mr. President. Not when it’s unpleasant.”

Neil Cavuto, Fox News

Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto strongly criticized Trump on Thursday after Trump tweeted that “Fox isn’t working for us anymore” in a series of tweets.

Cavuto responded, “First of all, Mr. President, we don’t work for you. I don’t work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you, just report on you. Call balls and strikes on you. My job, Mr. President, our job here, is to keep the scores, not settle scores.”

“It is called being fair and balanced, Mr. President, yet it is fair to say you’re not a fan when that balance includes stuff you don’t like to hear or facts you don’t like to have questioned,” Cavuto continued.

Cavuto then listed things which have been fact-checked and proven wrong, including: a top Trump trade adviser calling tariffs a “wonderful thing,” Trump saying Mexico would pay for a wall on the southern border, Trump flip-flopping on gun background checks, and Trump publicly calling into question the conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

“These aren’t fake items, they’re real items and you really said them,” Cavuto stated.

“Just like you never paid to silence a porn star until it turns out you did,” Cavuto said as a photo of Stormy Daniels was displayed.

“Hard as it is to fathom, Mr. President, just because you’re the leader of the free world, doesn’t entitle you to a free pass, just a free press. Goodnight,” Cavuto finished.

Trump claims all negative polls about his actions are fake

In Trump’s latest assault on reality he has now claimed that any polling which reflects negatively on his actions are, basically by definition, fake.

Trump isn’t just trying to claim majority support. He clearly seeks to discredit all negative opinions with comments like “any negative polls are fake news.” This is unusual and alarming behavior from a president.

Plenty of presidents probably haven’t liked their polling numbers before. President Barack Obama probably wasn’t thrilled that his health care law has been mostly viewed unfavorably since 2010. President George W. Bush couldn’t have been satisfied with his job approval ratings, which steadily declined throughout his second term.

But neither Obama nor Bush tried to discredit American opinion. Trump seems to think he can ignore anything that isn’t favorable to him.

ref: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-negative-polls-fake_us_58988431e4b040613137c6ee?

 

Trump creates a hellscape of lies and distorted reality

From a Washington Post column by Margaret Sullivan:

Consider, for example, the saga of Serge Kovaleski, the highly regarded New York Times reporter whose disability limits the use of his arms.

Yes, this is the reporter whom Trump mocked during the campaign — waving his arms in a crude but unmistakable imitation of Kovaleski’s movements. When criticized for doing so, Trump vehemently denied that mocking Kovaleski was even possible because he didn’t know him. (Which was also a lie.) All this, because Trump wanted to promote a myth — talk about “fake news” — that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated 9/11, which he falsely claimed Kovaleski reported while working at The Washington Post. Any reasonable person looking back at the facts would find that ­absurd.

How to deal with these endless lies? That’s the challenge facing us as we go forward into the Trump hellscape of lies and distorted reality.

Full column at https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/a-hellscape-of-lies-and-distorted-reality-awaits-journalists-covering-president-trump/2017/01/15/3656a17e-d90f-11e6-b8b2-cb5164beba6b_story.html