Fake News Swallows its Own Tail

By Bill Maher

Politico has a chilling and hilarious story about how Reince Priebus (Latin for “kiss ass”) is trying to get Trump’s courtiers to stop slipping the boss news clippings. (Maybe he should talk to Steve Harvey.)

Aides sometimes slip (Trump) stories to press their advantage on policy; other times they do so to gain an edge in the seemingly endless Game of Thrones inside the West Wing. A news story tucked into Trump’s hands at the right moment can torpedo an appointment or redirect the president’s entire agenda… Trump can react volcanically to negative press clips…

Priebus has implored staff… to abide by presidential record-keeping laws, which require cataloguing what the president sees for the archives.

Good luck with that, Safety Reince. According to Politico, a couple of weeks ago…

K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser, had given Trump a printout of two Time magazine covers. One, supposedly from the 1970s, warned of a coming ice age; the other, from 2008, about surviving global warming… Trump quickly got lathered up about the media’s hypocrisy. But there was a problem. The 1970s cover was fake, part of an internet hoax that’s circulated for years. Staff chased down the truth and intervened before Trump tweeted or talked publicly about it.

That’s no way for the leader of a great nation to get his news. He should get it from Fox & Friends. Nice to know that the White House is an unending game of “Confuse the Idiot.” Someone says something to the moron, and then he tweets it, and then we all have to debate it. “Who would win in a fight between a shark and Stonewall Jackson?” It’s a human centipede of bullshit. It goes in one end and out the other.

And here’s the terrible kicker. Politico tries to ask McFarland how she feels about “about bringing the president a fake news magazine cover.” McFarland doesn’t respond…

But another White House official familiar with the matter tried to defend it as an honest error that was “fake but accurate.” “While the specific cover is fake, it is true there was a period in the ’70s when people were predicting an ice age,” the official insisted. “The broader point I think was accurate.”

They stand by the lie they were using to trick the imbecile. Although it was fake, and guy who was about to tweet it to the world doesn’t know the ice caps from the Ice Capades, in a broader sense he does know things, they’re just not true.

The insider books about this White House will be bone chilling.

Note - the image is a public domain photo from the White House Flickr page.