President Donald Trump’s first address before a joint session of Congress was big news — big enough for all of the cable news networks to put up their countdown clocks first thing Tuesday and tick off the seconds until it happened.
That left a lot of time during the early evening for pundits to guess what might be in the speech, and for a while on social media, there was quite a bit of buzz among media types and others that Trump’s speech would hint strongly at being open to some sort of compromise on immigration reform.
It didn’t take long for viewers to realize there was no hint at amnesty whatsoever in the address.
Good speech tonight for immigration hawks. Despite all the day’s rumors, Trump showed no signs of moderating on the issue of amnesty.
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) March 1, 2017
So is the whole "Trump is going to do amnesty in the speech" fake news?
— Melissa Stone (@themissystone) March 1, 2017
This happened before. Trump team floated out possible amnesty during the race, then he gave a speech saying the exact opposite. https://t.co/NbDVkJTHEU
— Allyson Vaughn (@ALHVaughn) February 28, 2017
So, who was the senior administration source who floated that idea, anyway?
That anonymous White House “official” talking to news media today? His name is Donald Trump. https://t.co/NlilANJJP0
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) March 1, 2017
The day after, it was time for Democrats and the news media to come to grips with the seeming fact that they’d been played. Sen. Chris Murphy was among those who accused Trump of lying about the contents of his speech.
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) March 1, 2017
Murphy made those comments on CNN, which itself examined the “misdirection play” by the Trump administration.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 1, 2017
So…the "misdirection" from the White House on immigration from yesterday when they said DT open to a compromise, was…a LIE. SHOCKER.
— Maria Cardona (@MariaTCardona) March 1, 2017
Dear news — the word you are looking for on Trump/immigration play — "diversion tactics"
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) March 1, 2017
Our take on Trump speech:“Press reports that Trump might embrace comprehensive immigration reform turned out to be a cruel hoax."/1
— Frank Sharry (@FrankSharry) March 1, 2017
So Donald "Fake News is Bad" Trump intentionally misled reporters while demanding to be on background?
— Philip Bump (@pbump) March 1, 2017
It certainly seems possible that Trump misled reporters. Being stung by fake news really sucks, doesn’t it?
Less than 24hr later, White House aid told press immigration talk was 'misdirection play'. 'Alex I'll take 'we knew would happen' for $200'.
— Sandy Cornell (@SandyCornell10) March 1, 2017
We’ve got to give MSNBC’s Christopher Hayes credit for managing to see through what had the rest of the media tweeting away.
Actual email I sent to my staff yesterday before the speech pic.twitter.com/xEv16w1T2v
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 1, 2017
@chrislhayes easy fix – stop doing it. You're welcome.
— JMillspaw (@jmillspaw2010) March 1, 2017
@chrislhayes Then stop doing it.
— Maggie (@maggiemae802) March 1, 2017
@chrislhayes Yeah. It's really up to the press to 'not be that guy'.
— Jess Krywosa (@jesskry) March 1, 2017
@chrislhayes No one says you have to keep eating the chum, Chris, just stop doing it.
— Mary Taylor (@Maryruthie46) March 1, 2017
@chrislhayes If you're conscious of the fact, then why do you guys do it? Makes. No. Sense. Whatsoever.
— RosaMaria (@RosaMaria112015) March 1, 2017
@chrislhayes // Then let's not. Anyone can read a damn speech. Get over it people.
— VestalVirgins (@VVirgins16) March 1, 2017
— Chris (@cjones6703) March 1, 2017