Trump’s Fake News Fiasco

Trump calls CNN “fake news”


Justin Angellar

It is hard to discern the truth from false information especially when they both come from sources that appear professional. The fake news fiasco was one of the many controversies that arose during the election. Misinformation was being spread by websites appearing official, with fake stories ranging all the way from presidential candidates to events that never happened.

Donald Trump helped popularize the term by calling out different publications as “fake news”, mostly when they criticized him with information he deemed was misleading or false. Trump’s hate for what he believed was fake news became very apparent at his most recent press conference.

When a representative from CNN stood to ask the president-elect a question, Trump quickly dismissed them by saying, “Don’t be rude. No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”

Trump then received a question from a far right publication, Breitbart, that has been praising him since the beginning of the election.

The tension between CNN and Trump grew immensely when they reported on a fifteen page leaked document detailing many negative details about Trump’s past. Buzzfeed released the contents of the questionable document, to which the president elect responded by claiming Buzzfeed as a “failing pile of garbage.”

CNN’s response to the whole debacle included a mention of their first amendment rights along with a quiet challenge for conservatives to, “identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate.”

Donald Trump’s first press conference made it clear that a publication shouldn’t portray him negatively, or else they may lose their speaking terms with the next president.