This is a new phenomenon. Donald Trump’s Twitter feed has a couple of strange videos, posted late Thursday night and the common theme is that everything is just fine in “Trump’s America’ it’s just that the media is making things up and taking things out of context — except that it appears that that is exactly what Trump is doing. Take a look, because this may be Trump’s last ditch propaganda effort to get the base to believe whatever he feeds them and to deny the evidence of their own eyes and ears. This is scary. pic.twitter.com/MGBKlaDrhm — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2020 This next one is a puzzler. It was up in Trump’s feed for a short while and got the tag “manipulated media” applied by Twitter and now it won’t play. When it did play, it showed a black baby running ahead of a white baby and then the narrator intoned, “What really happened…” and the scene shifted to the two boys embracing each other and then running down the street, as you saw. The manipulated media part is two fold: 1. the original film shows the boys meeting and hugging and then running and 2. the CNN label is undoubtedly fake, because this video has been out in the world for quite a while. Here’s a link to that story. Here’s what’s up on Trump’s Twitter feed right now. It would be interesting to know when that was “breaking news” because if you hit the link above, the video was posted to Instagram in September of 2019. Now this video seems to work, or it may stop working soon, who knows? pic.twitter.com/vnRpk0zl5y — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2020 I’ve tried Snopes and PolitiFact and as of the time of this writing, approximately 9:30 p.m. PDT, they have not weighed in. So I don’t know if CNN ever ran this as breaking news — but they didn’t run it today, of that I feel certain. This video is old. Whether they ever ran it with this label, back in 2019, is what the professional fact checkers have to ascertain. People are not reacting well, as you might expect. What gross soulless dumpster of a man would take that sweet video of two little children's' friendship, one everyone has seen and loved, and twist it for their own warped political purposes? ANSWER: DONALD J. TRUMP — JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) June 19, 2020 I have a vague recollection of having seen this video before myself, because it is such a classic, and I have zero recollection of the breaking news chyron. Trump is now campaigning for reelection with fictional propaganda videos that include fake footage meant to demean his perceived enemies in the media https://t.co/38f3sMjPKq — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 19, 2020 Here we go, another plunge deeper int the New Abnormal. I guess we’re going to see more of these attacks on the press, because literally, Trump wants us to disbelieve the evidence of our own eyes and ears and believe that anything negative about him that appears in the press is the result of an Evil Plot. This is getting into a level of bizarre that is almost indescribable. I cannot even begin to speculate what the next few months until November are going to be […]
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