To be fair, the press has largely brought this on themselves. I’ve already lost count of the stories reported by the media and retracted or modified substantially in the same day. Even today, the New York Times is running a correction on a story about Mike Flynn that notes the original story quoted from tweets that might not have come from Flynn.
But, I think the White House does the American people a great disservice by inviting Gateway Pundit in to the press briefings. I’m not sure there is a greater purveyor of fake news on the left or right than that site. Inviting in a known purveyor of fake news gives that purveyor a credibility that is not deserved. It gives a credibility that will most assuredly be abused to spread even more fake news.
From malarkey about terrorism to showing NBA fans as Trump supporters to you name it, Gateway Pundit runs nonsense and I still have not determined if it is intentional or just because of some level of insanity.
Gateway Pundit wrote that John Podesta was encouraging illegal immigrant voting based on an email that actually did not mention illegal immigrants.
He posted a picture of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory parade and claimed it was a Trump rally.
There was the time he claimed an asian Washington Post reporter had been taking pictures of Rex Tillerson’s notes. Not only did he not apologize after trolls started sending the reporter death threats, but then he blamed the media for not properly outing who it was.
My personal favorite was Gateway Pundit confusing closed captioning of applause with it being a command from Obama to applaud at his speech.
Gateway Pundit has not only misled a ton of people through fake news, but relying on him has gotten others into trouble too. In October, Gateway Pundit ran this story about a postal worker bragging about ripping up absentee ballots. Multiple conservative outlets ran with it. But it was not true. The twitter account was from a comedian trying to bait people. It worked and Gateway Pundit running the story roped in other conservatives who the left was able to attack as purveyors of fake news.
The list goes on and on.
I try to ignore this, but I think people on the right need to stand up for integrity on our own side. Whether there’s a traffic obsession and that site is willing to publish nonsense knowingly or a mental issue and that site is publishing nonsense they really believe or something else, it is still a problem.
There has been a lot of reporting out there in the past few months about websites knowing they can throw out the most absurd stories and generate loads of cash for themselves off the suckers who believe because they want to. It has, unfortunately, become a profitable business. Whether it is that or something else, folks on the right are ruining their own credibility by defending this sort of stuff and it opens all of us up to attacks from the left that we promote fake news.