I Propose the 48 Hour Trump / MSM News Rule

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I Propose the 48 Hour Trump / MSM News Rule

In what has become the media norm we have been treated to yet another day when we’ve had the MSM report that Trump has said some­thing (Haiti is a shit­hole) only to have that noted Trump Apol­o­gist Jake Tap­per report that the report wasn’t quite accu­rate, and then a week of peo­ple talk­ing about it.

This was quickly fol­lowed by the MSM report­ing that the US Ambas­sador to Panama resigned over those non remarks only to find out that said res­ig­na­tion was turned in weeks before and was only announced the same day.

Now we also have the Don­ald Trump fake news list which came out yes­ter­day high­light­ing things the MSM got wrong last year.

Given what we’ve been see­ing for the last year the pat­tern of:

Ini­tial report
MSM moral out­rage and or self right­eous cer­tainty that the Trump Pres­i­dency is over
Correction/​Retraction

…has become so com­mon that a per­son who hasn’t been pay­ing atten­tion might assume this has been the case for decades rather than a new phe­nom­e­non in response to the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump.

How­ever this does lead to the prob­lem for peo­ple who actu­ally want to deal with facts rather than memes.

There­fore in the inter­est of peo­ple like our read­ers who like deal­ing with real­ity I pro­pose the fol­low­ing rule:

Any News report by the MSM con­cern­ing Don­ald Trump should be con­sid­ered false on its face and ignored for at least 48 hours unless said report contains:

Actual video or audio con­firm­ing said report

OR

At least two on the record sources will­ing to con­firm it

Work from this rule and you’ll be fine. Of course we’ve reached the point where most of the peo­ple read­ing this rule likely have already applied it.

In what has become the media norm we have been treated to yet another day when we’ve had the MSM report that Trump has said something (Haiti is a shithole) only to have that noted Trump Apologist Jake Tapper report that the report wasn’t quite accurate, and then a week of people talking about it.

This was quickly followed by the MSM reporting that the US Ambassador to Panama resigned over those non remarks only to find out that said resignation was turned in weeks before and was only announced the same day.

Now we also have the Donald Trump fake news list which came out yesterday highlighting things the MSM got wrong last year.

Given what we’ve been seeing for the last year the pattern of:

Initial report
MSM moral outrage and or self righteous certainty that the Trump Presidency is over
Correction/Retraction

…has become so common that a person who hasn’t been paying attention might assume this has been the case for decades rather than a new phenomenon in response to the election of Donald Trump.

However this does lead to the problem for people who actually want to deal with facts rather than memes.

Therefore in the interest of people like our readers who like dealing with reality I propose the following rule:

Any News report by the MSM concerning Donald Trump should be considered false on its face and ignored for at least 48 hours unless said report contains:

Actual video or audio confirming said report

OR

At least two on the record sources willing to confirm it

Work from this rule and you’ll be fine. Of course we’ve reached the point where most of the people reading this rule likely have already applied it.