During the election, most of the media assumed Donald Trump had little chance of defeating Hillary Clinton. Despite those assumptions, Trump shocked everyone by emerging victorious in November. In just one night, the credibility of many of America’s largest news companies was severely tarnished.
In the aftermath, the media began looking for an excuse to cover their biased reporting. It wasn’t their fault they were so wrong about the election; it was the fault of “fake news” organizations pushing Trump to victory. To them, Americans had simply been duped by untrustworthy news sources.
Ironically, it’s the mainstream media that has been the largest purveyors of “fake news.” Formally reputable companies such as CNN and the New York Times have spent months pushing a Russia collusion conspiracy theory which has been debunked by reality time and again. To date, their combined resources have produced no evidence to back their nonstop coverage of the theory.
Undeterred, the media continues to publish false stories in their crusade to damage Trump. In the latest example, the New York Times reported that Vice President Pence was planning a “shadow campaign” for 2020. However, Pence lashed out at the Timesstory, calling it another example of “fake news.”
From Bizpac Review:
Vice President Mike Pence called the New York Times “absurd” for claiming he’s preparing a shadow presidential campaign for 2020.
Pence issued a statement on Twitter rubbishing the New York Times report as another lame attempt by mainstream media to sow division within the Trump administration.
“Whatever ‘fake news’ may come our way, my entire team will continue to focus all our efforts to advance the President’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020,” Pence tweeted Sunday. “Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd.”
— Vice President Pence (@VP) August 6, 2017
Pence’s press secretary, Marc Lotter, doubled down on the VP’s statement Monday morning. “[It’s] speculation, conjecture, half-truths masquerading as news on the front page of the Never-Trump New York Times,” Lotter told “Fox & Friends.”
According to the Times, many within the GOP are losing faith in President Trump. Worried about their prospects for 2020, they are secretly readying to run a different candidate.
Of course, the reality couldn’t be more different. Aside from a firm denial from Pence, the GOP is enjoying record breaking fundraising numbers under Trump’s leadership. Far from losing faith, Trump represents the best chance Republican have to maintain control of the White House in 2020.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]