Mischievous Reporting by PolitiFake

Misinformation about Donald Trump abounds. This article, found on Politifact.com, is a good example. It was written by a millennial reporter, Michaela Winberg, Tuesday, June 5th, 2018. Her large headline screams, “President Trump said Eagles players kneeled for the anthem. They didn’t.”

Winberg wrote:

‘The President released a statement Monday night informing the public that he had uninvited the Birds from the traditional post-Super Bowl victory visit. Why? In part because “only a small number of players decided to come,” and in part because Trump said that players had been kneeling or standing in the locker room during the national anthem, which he said was “disrespectful.” Many people on the internet made the reasonable assumption that Trump was talking about Eagles players.’

Winberg is referring to Trump’s tweet, which can be seen here. It says the following:

The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!

When Michaela Winberg says, “and in part because Trump said that players had been kneeling or standing in the locker room during the national anthem, which he said was “disrespectful”, she is mischievously editing and misquoting. To show this, let’s lay them down side by side:

Trump said:

Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!

Winberg said Trump said:

…players had been kneeling or standing in the locker room during the national anthem, which was “disrespectful”

As you can see, Trump said staying in the locker room was AS disrespectful as kneeling. He didn’t say they were kneeling.

More mischevious misinformation by Politifact.com, or Politifake as I like to call them, and by the young millennial, Michaela Winberg.


So who is Michaela Winberg? According to Google, she’s a recent graduate of Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication. She was editor-in-chief of The Temple News, where she oversaw the daily online content. Yippee! Little Michaela thinks she knows all about 72-year-old billionaire POTUS, Donald Trump.

I must ask: What would Fake News be without young millennials to set us all straight?

 

 

Rob Larrikin

Author: Rob Larrikin