On Monday, President Trump visited Japan to discuss trade and the growing threat of North Korea with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. But it wasn’t his diplomacy that drew the attention of the mainstream media; it was how he fed fish.
On Monday, CNN published a story about the POTUS’ trip. The headline: “Trump feeds fish, winds up pouring entire box of food into koi pond.”
Along with the article, they included a cropped video of President Trump. It shows President Trump and Minister Abe flicking spoonfuls of fish food into the Koi pond below.
All seems normal, but then the shot narrows to show only President Trump. He appears to get bored and empties in the entire box into the pond.
The media went wild. In an Op-Ed for the Washington Post, the author recounts the reactions.
“Jezebel headlines, “Big Stupid Baby Dumps Load Of Fish Food On Japanese Koi Pond.” The New York Daily News: “Photo of Donald Trump dumping fish food into koi pond during Japan visit draws Obama comparisons.” And more than one prominent journalist wrote tweets fixated on the fish-food box-dump.”
After the media had finished hyperventilating, a wider shot of the fish feeding—that wasn’t cropped to make President Trump look bad—revealed that he was just following the example of Abe.
Later, CNN retracted in the story, but they left their fake headline intact. They added that Abe “actually appeared to dump out his box of food ahead of Trump.”
The media wants President Trump to mess up so badly that they’re willing to fabricate news. So much for journalistic integrity.
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