Earlier today, Twitchy featured a tweet by investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who had compiled a list of 69 media mistakes in the Trump era (which was originally 68, but then The Telegraph had to publish an apology and pay Melania Trump “substantial damages” over an error-filled profile).
We make the occasional mistake ourselves (sorry about that), but as Attkisson’s list proved, whenever the media makes a mistake it’s always a mistake that makes the Trump administration look bad — they never err on the side of the White House.
Just for fun, seeing as it’s the one-month anniversary, we thought we’d check in on those stories claiming that President Trump blew off the troops at Christmas and was the first president to do so since 2002. All of these tweets are still up:
President Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime. https://t.co/6GS2MTeaLZ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 25, 2018
This is the first Christmas since 2002 a president hasn’t visited the troops — thanks to Trumphttps://t.co/qsH8Wu2lhe
— Raw Story (@RawStory) December 26, 2018
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) December 26, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) December 26, 2018
— Complex (@Complex) December 26, 2018
Keith Boykin is a CNN contributor.
Bush visited wounded warriors over Christmas from 2003 to 2008.
Obama visited troops every Christmas he was in office.
Trump is the first president since 2002 not to visit troops around Christmas.
And he still hasn't visited U.S. troops in a war zone.https://t.co/0kEybPGArt
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 26, 2018
Follow-up tweets setting the record straight might be out there, but these are all still up, meaning they’re all still in the timelines of everyone who retweeted them in outrage. (NBC News’ tweet has been retweeted more than 7,500 times.) And the Trump haters who get all their news from Talking Points Memo will still believe Trump didn’t visit the troops last Christmas.
And as Twitchy reported, CNN immediately pivoted to the “scandal” of the president autographing the white hoods (um, sorry, MAGA hats) brought by service members and hosting panel discussions on if disciplinary measures were in order. (They weren’t … another media error against Trump.)
So forgive us, Jim Acosta, if we’re not interested in your book about how Trump and his supporters consider CNN and other mainstream media the enemy of the people.
‘Embarrassing’! Jim Acosta leads CNN panel exploring ramifications of Trump signing troops’ MAGA hats https://t.co/WEGQm57qI7
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 27, 2018