If I say the sky is blue and you say it’s red, a rational person will say I have made a correct statement and you have made an incorrect one.
A Republican will say we have differing accounts as to the color of the sky.
Earlier this month, it became known that President Trump had contacted few, if any of the servicemen who had died for their country since he was elected. Since the primary purpose of the Trump presidency is to remind us daily that it’s the bestest presidency ever, the White House clumsily express mailed condolence letters to Gold Star families, while President Trump reminded us that he was the best president ever when it comes to contacting the families of servicemen and women who had made the ultimate sacrifice, while making false statements about his predecessors.
He also placed a call to the widow of Sgt. LaDavid Johnson, one of the four soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger. According to Myeshia Johnson, the President seemed not to know her husband’s name, referring to him as “your guy” and saying “he knew what he signed up for.” Her account of the call was corroborated by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who was riding in the car with Mrs. Johnson and says she heard the call on a speaker phone.
Instead of admitting he had handled the call poorly or better, admitting he’s incapable of showing empathy to another human being, the president went on the attack, saying Representative Wilson had “eavesdropped” on a call on a speaker phone in a car in which she was a passenger. He also sent his Chief of Staff, John Kelly to the White House briefing room, where he told the media that Wilson had made inappropriate remarks at the dedication of an FBI building in her district in 2015. The problem is, there was a video of the ceremony which showed Wilson had made no such remarks.
White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked by a reporter why the White House, when confronted with evidence of false statements, failed to correct them or acknowledge their falsehood. She said that the Chief of Staff’s false statement was not a false statement, but simply his account of what had happened, and told the gathered reporters that it was inappropriate to question Kelly about his false statement, because he was a retired Marine General. Ms. Sanders might want to brush up on her Constitution, which contains no first amendment exception for retired military officers.
When the White House makes repeated false statements and the media reports them, it’s not fake news, it’s just news.