On The Day Of President Trump’S Inauguration, Time Reporter

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On the day of President Trump’s Inauguration, Time reporter Zeke Miller wrote that a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office. He retracted the statement a few minutes later and apologized for making a mistake. Miller’s apology was ignored by many, including President Trump. A day later, in a speech given to the CIA, President Trump accused Miller of false reporting. “So Zeke, Zeke from Time magazine writes this story about ‘I took down’ — I would never do that because I have great respect for Dr. Martin Luther King. But this is how dishonest the media is.” By accusing Miller of false reporting, President Trump was accusing the reporter of spreading what became commonly known during the 2016 presidential…show more content…
For instance, only weeks before election day, it was reported that Clinton was part of a child sex trafficking ring run out of a Washington D.C. pizza restaurant. This became known as “Pizzagate” on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Quickly, the story moved from social media to mainstream television and print media, especially when Clinton was required to respond to questions regarding the story. According to Angie Holand in an article entitled “PolitiFact’s 2016 Lie of the Year: Fake News,” Clinton “emboldened her detractors and turned off undecided voters with a lawyerly parsing of facts that left many feeling that she was lying.” Pizzagate is only one example of a story not based on fact that Clinton was called to address. While the story was clearly fiction, it gave people who were already suspicious of her another reason to doubt her character to be president of the United States. The Trump campaign was also the subject of fake news. A viral tweet sent from an election rally claimed that thousands of Trump supporters were chanting racist messages. The tweet read, “I am at a Trump rally in Manhattan, and thousands are chanting ‘We hate Muslims, we hate blacks, we want our great country back’. Disgusting.” This fed into the ongoing story that Trump is racist and anti-Muslim. It was later reported by

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