As journalists catch Trump out, his deputy assistant hits back at the BBC [VIDEOS]
On 16 February, Donald Trump held what The Washington Post called a “combative, grievance-filled” press conference. In it, he argued that his apparently chaotic administration was in reality a “fine-tuned machine”. And he said the media was “out of control”, suggesting it was out to get him.
But one journalist quickly pointed out that it was Trump’s own misleading comments that were inspiring so much distrust. And an attack on the BBC later in the day from Trump’s deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka didn’t exactly inspire confidence in his administration’s respect for media scrutiny.
Trump caught out
At the press conference, one journalist was quick to catch Trump out for claiming – regarding his presidential election victory – “I guess it’s the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan”. A claim that was demonstrably false.
The #SoCalledPresident is finally getting called out by reporters for his lies. Better late than never.#TrumpPressConference #TrumpPresser pic.twitter.com/fcghocDG9x
— Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) February 17, 2017
BBC Newsnight – “fake news”?
On BBC Newsnight, meanwhile, Evan Davis spoke to Sebastian Gorka about the press conference. He asked:
Is it the case you plan no action against the press? The press will carry on and do its job and be allowed to do its job exactly as it always has. Or are there measures you’re intending to take?
And Gorka interjected:
This is fake news.
To which the BBC presenter said:
No. It’s not news at all. I’ve asked a question.
But Gorka dug in, insisting:
You have just committed fake news.
So there we have it. Asking if the President will take actions against the “out of control” media is apparently “fake news”. But Trump openly making false claims is not.
See the full Newsnight interview:
And see The Washington Post’s summary of Trump’s press conference here:
– See more TrumpWatch articles at The Canary Global.
– Support The Canary, so we can keep holding the powerful to account.
Featured image via YouTube
We know everyone is suffering under the Tories - but the Canary is a vital weapon in our fight back, and we need your support
The Canary Workers’ Co-op knows life is hard. The Tories are waging a class war against us we’re all having to fight. But like trade unions and community organising, truly independent working-class media is a vital weapon in our armoury.
The Canary doesn’t have the budget of the corporate media. In fact, our income is over 1,000 times less than the Guardian’s. What we do have is a radical agenda that disrupts power and amplifies marginalised communities. But we can only do this with our readers’ support.
So please, help us continue to spread messages of resistance and hope. Even the smallest donation would mean the world to us.