Chuck Muth: Dishonest Media Misleads World on Trump… Again

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January 25, 2017

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President Donald Trump is so right about how the liberal media is so dishonest.  The weekend kerfuffle over the size of the crowd witnessing Trump’s inauguration is just the latest example.

The story the press wanted to put out was that Trump’s support was weak.  As such, on Friday it posted and peddled a photo of the Washington Mall during President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration – in which white floor coverings over the grass were NOT used – and compared that side-by-side to a similar photo of the Mall during Trump’s inauguration in which white landscape coverings WERE used.

Apples to oranges.  Very dishonest to compare the two and try to draw a conclusion that there wasn’t tremendous support for and attendance at Trump’s swearing-in ceremony.

On Saturday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took the dishonest “fake news” media to task, pointing out – and here’s the full quote – “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.”

The dishonest “fake news” media immediately pounced; literally calling Spicer a “liar.” Over and over and over and over and over and over again.

But the only way they could get away with claiming Spicer lied was to completely ignore the part where Spicer SPECIFICALLY said “both in person and around the globe.”

Not just in attendance in person on the Mall.  AROUND…THE…GLOBE.  And that includes watching electronically, not just on regular TV.

Which is the other way the dishonest media tried to minimize the size of the audience.  It cited standard U.S. television ratings only.  It didn’t bother to acknowledge that this inauguration – thanks to technology advances that weren’t even around in 2009 – was the most-watched inauguration on streaming and social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook that don’t show up in Neilson’s ratings.

So while the “fake news” media was focusing only on live attendance on the Mall and people watching on traditional television channels in the U.S., Spicer SPECIFICALLY talked about EVERYBODY who witnessed the inauguration from “around the globe” – including on smart-phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.

Indeed, both parties were relying on facts…but different facts.  Or as White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway put it, “alternative facts” – something else the dishonest media misrepresented and blew up way out of proportion.

Both sets of facts were generally true.  But one set of facts was chosen by the media to put Trump in the worst possible light while the other set of facts highlighted by the White House portrayed the president in a more positive – and, frankly, more accurate – light.

This is exactly what Spicer was talking about when he lectured the media on Saturday for its “shameful and wrong” efforts “to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration” by minimizing “the enormous support” and interest in President Trump’s swearing-in ceremony “around the globe.”

This dishonest media – and especially CNN – will NEVER give Donald Trump a fair shake.  It will ALWAYS look for even the most trivial negative no matter what this president does.  If Trump himself discovers a cure for cancer tomorrow, CNN will spend the day criticizing him for taking so long.

It’s gonna be a long eight years.

  • Andy Palmer

    This writer missed the most obvious thing about the photos, side-by-side, of 2009 and 2017 inaugurations. The Obama photo was taken during his speech. The Trump photo was taken three hours before he spoke. Take a look at apples to apples photos and you will see that the crowd size was almost identical.

    • Deplorable Patriot

      There is a panorama video out there and it shows it very well. And you are right it was about the same. However this time the mall was filled with true American Patriots.

      • France

        The crowd photos taken at the same time clearly show Obama’s crowd to be many times larger than Trump’s. All the evidence, from photographic, metro information, and hotel occupancy comparisons are overwhelmingly in favor of Obama’s attendance figures being much larger. I think you’ve been had by fake news.

        There’s literally not a scrap of evidence in the opposite direction.

        • Deplorable Patriot

          http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/01/politics/trump-inauguration-gigapixel/ Sorry to show you the truth. I know it hurts your type.

          • France

            As I’ve stated previously, there’s not a shred of evidence that Trump’s inauguration was larger than Obama’s. When independently analyzed by experts who specialize in estimating crowd sizes, the overwhelming consensus is that Obama’s inauguration was several times larger than Trump’s.

            Perhaps this is why the man who first made the claim, Donald Trump’s press secretary Mr. Spicer has since admitted he got his facts wrong and retracted his claim that more people physically attended the 2017 inauguration.

            These are all facts, it appears you’ve been had by fake news…. again.

            If you still have a problem with this, I’d advise you to take it up with the Trump administration, who quite clearly disagree with you

          • Deplorable Patriot

            Did you even look at the actual evidence that I found for you, or are you afraid you will have to make a retraction as Spicer did. I am not saying it was bigger or smaller, and never would. however the picture provided for you is actually from CNN and they don’t ever fabricate a lie to assist Donald Trump.

          • France

            All the available evidence actually supports the fact that Obama’s inauguration was many times larger than Trump’s. It wasn’t even close. This was concluded from analyzing hundreds of pictures and data on infrastructure usage within Washington D.C.

            The single picture from CNN also doesn’t support a larger crowd by Trump, as Spicer realised so retracted his assertion. The fact stands Obama’s inauguration was more well attended than Trump’s, there is overwhelming evidence for this, and nothing you have provided here contradicts that.

            It’s not really relevant how CNN reported it. Spicer and Trump were wrong, and got caught peddling the very definition of fake news.

  • NM Leon

    I think the people are getting wise to the MSM blatant bias and dishonesty.

  • Ken says

    #1 Get the Press Corp OUT of the White House – they want to be there only for one reason – to try to get a “scoop” from someone’s lose lips/overheard. If they are not happy with an annex facility – let them stand outside the gates.
    #2 Put the news out in writing (proof read for accuracy). Hand it to the Press and put it on the internet right after the Briefing.
    #3 ANY news media not reporting accurately WILL HAVE CREDENTIALS PULLED and be barred from Press Briefings – they can get if from the internet release. KEEP IT SIMPLE SO THEY ARE NOT CONFUSED.

    • Deplorable Patriot

      “KEEP IT SIMPLE SO THEY ARE NOT CONFUSED” come on Ken we are talking about liberals, and unless you use pictures and drawings it will not work. 🙂

      • elmcqueen3

        Not even coloring books will help.

    • Deplorable Patriot

      Awesome concept. great post. Americans collectively could solve many of the worlds problems, given the chance.

  • Helga miller

    No, the long 8 years were under Obama. We almost did not survive them! At the rate President Trump is working it will be glorious for us patriotic Americans. The years will fly by and we will all be working hard to MAGA!

    • NM Leon

      I thank God for Obozo and Hildabeast. If not for them we would not now have President Trump.

      • Helga miller

        NM, we all thank God for giving us a President Trump. He is an imperfect man but he loves the Country and he will do a great job for us and he can’t be bought! MAGA and keep her great!

      • Deplorable Patriot

        I thank God they are both irrelevant now.

  • justinwachin

    The mainstream media worshipped President Obama. They willing set their journalistic principles aside and functioned as part of the Obama propaganda office. The Obamaites are not going to given President Trump any breaks.

    While the media’s tempest in a teapot is going on, President Trump is staying busy doing his job and getting things accomplished. In less than three days he has addressed a large number of America’s problems. I think Americans are more interested in our hard-working president’s accomplishments than the whining media’s drivel.

    • Deplorable Patriot

      Or at least should be, and if not, are in fact part of the problem.

  • GreatDayNow

    I applaud Chuck Muth for writing this article. I hope the White House sees it, as well as all the news networks out there. Hell, I hope it goes viral! It’s time to leave Trump alone and let him do his job (which he’s doing great at so far)!!

  • elmcqueen3

    Ahhh…”Tabloid” journalism is alive and well on CNN…MSNBC…ABC…CBS…
    NBC UNIVERSAL…ESPN…All of these national news media conglomerates are in the left wing tank make no mistake about it…the only national news media that is conservative is FOX NEWS…Never trust anything you read coming out of a liberal news media source…they are deceptive and more prone to telling one falsehood after another versus those of the news media which are more conservative in nature….TIME magazine is besides themselves…it must have been very painful for them to post a full frontal view of Doanld Trump on their Feb. cover…not to mention their prior attacks on the Donald inside their front covers…A few issues aback they would only post a back view of Trump’s head…no halo like they gave Barack Obama as the savoir come to save the free world hoping to change it into something this country is not…with “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”…Quote…Barack Obama.

    • NM Leon

      Even Fox is corrupted on the news side. Shepherd Smith is supposed to be straight news, but has shown increasing anti-Trump bias.

      • I Seigel

        So saying something that is critical of Trump or his administration means that it can’t be “straight news”? I think Hannity is the only one to come close to being a 100% fawning, butt-kisser, but he himself has admitted that he’s not a journalist, he’s an entertainer. I think Laura Ingraham might be at about 96%.

        • elmcqueen3

          Personally…I like Lou Dobbs.

          • elmcqueen3

            I found out Lou Dobbs used to work for CNN…but he became sick and tired of their “fake” news stories so he signed up for Fox News…This guy is good…I like him better than Bill O’Reilly.

        • NM Leon

          No, interjection of opinion into what is purported to be news means it isn’t straight news. Hannity, O’Reilly, Carlson, Ingram, Beckal, Rivera, Rojinski, etal don’t claim to be journalists, they are pundits, giving their opinions. Smith claims to be a journalist, but interjects his own opinion more and more.

          • I Seigel

            Interesting. So you’re saying that Fox has 10 or 15 conservative pundits for every liberal one they put on the air as a punching bag. How is that “fair and balanced”?

          • NM Leon

            No, FNC has (mostly) conservative opinion show hosts , but their guests on those opinion shows are generally pretty well balanced. That may be why 51% of FNC viewers are liberal or independent.

            I’m not sure what any of that has to do Smith or the FNC news side of the house though.

          • I Seigel

            Yeah sorry. After I thought about my reply to you, I realized it was a little off topic. It’s bad to throw in tangential topics – it makes for an impossible discussion.

      • Deplorable Patriot

        When Ailes, was ousted it was inevitable. Murdock does not care about truth.

    • Deplorable Patriot

      I bought a copy to preserve and read just a couple of the articles, and it was all liberal writers slamming Trump. It did however make a good firestarter. Newsweek has a much better commemorative issue about Him and it is much better for preserving, this very historic event.

  • Tiger

    They will never stop they will continue to do this until the next election and when Trump wins again they will continue more.

    • Front Sight

      Thanks to the Demokrat’s actions, Trump has a good potential to pick up a veto-proof majority in both the House, and the Senate. Add the Conservative Supreme Court picks and the Demokrats will be a lost ball in tall weeds for longer than they wanted to extricate the Conservatives.

      • Tiger

        You are 100% right and I am really sick of people being so PC and worried about Trump’s actions so fast well we sure needed it. Trump needs to just keep pushing on and on.

    • Retired

      Lets hope not, 2018 election needs more house cleaning.

  • David Stewart

    This country desperately needs a legitimate news-reporting source; all there are now are Communist-oriented!

    • Askjrsk

      Absolutely

    • Retired

      First we need to clean up the Universities that produce the media writers.

      • Deplorable Patriot

        That’s right, recapture our institutions for high learning and all the public schools.

  • pateboo

    I’m so happy Trump won, and will keep us informed of what he’s doing HIMSELF, even if it’s by Tweets.

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