Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Burgeoning Market For Anti-Trump Hoaxes

The hysteria on the Left is just off the scale.  There is no sense in what they do and absolutely no discernment.

As BuzzFeed, which reported on the scam, noted: "Opportunists have begun dangling would-be smoking guns — sometimes for a price — in front of journalists, amateur sleuths, and deep-pocketed political activists so eager to damage the Trump presidency that they can be blind to red flags."

Blind is right. Since Trump has been elected, reporters have repeatedly fallen for damaging stories that turned out to be wildly misleading or outright false. BuzzFeed itself published an unsubstantiated dossier that claimed a Russian plot to blackmail Trump. But there have been many others.

There was the University of Michigan student who claimed to have been attacked by a Trump supporter. The University of Louisiana student who said she had her hijab ripped off. The Iraqi mom who died because of Trump's visa ban. Trump's Photoshopping of a picture taken on the day of his inauguration to make his hand look bigger. All hoaxes.

Then there was the story about how a Russian bank supposedly had been in contact with an email server in the Trump Organization. Now it appears the communications might have been part of a hacker hoax that originated inside the U.S.

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