Journalists from several so-called highbrow type media outlets were just duped into believing a fake document outlining President Donald Trump’s prima donna-like demands on Israeli authorities was real.
Talk about fake news: Trump didn’t demand anything special of his Israel hosts. Yet several in the media, scanning quickly and failing to confirm a circulated document, jumped aboard the anti-Trump bandwagon to report his supposed celebrity A-List-like travel requirements.
Take a look (full list published farther below):
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
“The Twitter account Rogue White House Senior Advisor on Friday shared what it claimed was Trump’s demands ahead of a trip to Israel, including roughly a metric ton of sugary and non-kosher junk food.
“While the account’s motive remains unclear, its shtick is to share shocking and outlandish “insider” stories about Trump while providing no evidence. The account has never provided verification that it is actually run by a White House staffer.
“Some elements of the purported demands were obvious jokes. The demand that microwaves remain unplugged was a mocking reference to White House advisor Kellyanne Conway’s bizarre comment that the appliance could be used for spying, and the request for electoral maps to be posted on each walls mocked Trump’s tendency to allude to his victory.
“Nonetheless, Jerusalem Post journalist Anna Ahronheim saw the image and believed it was legitimate. …
“Other reporters at the Jerusalem Post, Business Insider, the Nation, NBC News, the Washington Post, and Mother Jones soon shared Ahronheim’s tweet.”
Oh my goodness. Can we get a grip, dear media?
Here’s a sampling of what some tweeted:
— Anna Ahronheim (@AAhronheim) May 22, 2017
And this one:
That’s a lot of sweets. Also, 8 Hungry Man dinners? https://t.co/hwLl7X02oL
— Christopher Woody (@chrstphr_woody) May 22, 2017
And one more:
Weird — I make exactly the same demands when I travel: THE KRAFT AMERICAN SINGLES MUST BE UNWRAPPED!!! https://t.co/6Dyn32s7lZ
— Ron Charles (@RonCharles) May 22, 2017
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