President Trump has frequently claimed that many in the left-leaning media are reporting “fake” news about him and his supporters. If you believe in science, math, and history, the only conclusion you can come to is that these are not honest mistakes; rather, these are deliberate and calculated lies told by deliberate and calculating liars,” .breitbart.com opines. The writers use coin flips as an illustration; a coin flipped 100 times should show a 50/50 split between heads and tails.
“So, if 100 honest mistakes are made in reports about Trump, we should see something very close to a 50/50 split in these reports. Half of these honest mistakes will get it wrong to Trump’s benefit; the other half will be damaging to Trump.”
For every piece of fake news that is unfair to Trump, we should see a piece of fake news that is too soft on Trump, that gives him too much benefit of the doubt, that clears him of wrongdoing prematurely, soft-pedal his mistakes, or overestimates his popularity, crowd size, and political victories. But that is not what we are seeing from our national media, and already we are way, way, way beyond 100 coin flips. In just the last 10 days, the national media have been caught red-handed telling no fewer than 11 consequential lies.”
OUR FREE OPINION
We agree with the writers that, “It is just a fact that coin flips and honest mistakes do not fall like this — and anyone who argues otherwise is either a liar or a science denier. If you believe in science, math, and history, the only conclusion you can come to is that these are not honest mistakes; rather, these are deliberate and calculated lies told by deliberate and calculating liars.”
President Trump’s unexpected (by most pollers) victory sent shock waves through the liberal media. And there is justifiable cause for their concern—the President stands opposite to many of the issues, ideas, and programs the left stand in support of. We do not endorse many of Trump’s ideas. But just because one is opposed to a candidate, and in this case, vigorously, it doesn’t follow that the person can deliberately publish untruths. We certainly recognize that reporters can make mistakes, but science does not lead us to the conclusion “mistakes” have been made.