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YEAR IN REVIEW: The Greatest Fake News Hits of 2017

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Fake news has been a powerful tool utilized by the mainstream media since 2016, and it has turned into a near day to day occurrence throughout the entirety of this year. The list below highlights some of the most infamous instances of fake news during 2017.

1. The “Mass Resignation” of the State Department. 

The year of fake news kicked off in late January with the mainstream media claiming the “entire senior level of management officials” at the State Department resigned in protest towards President Trump.

The wave of fake news started with an article published by the Washington Post.

“The State Department’s Entire Senior Management Team Just Resigned,” the piece read, prompting other news organizations to write similar narratives.

According to the author of the piece, Josh Rogin, the “mass resignation” was “part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior Foreign Service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era.”

Of course, this was fake news.

2. Mother Dies Because of Trump’s Travel Ban. 

In February, Detroit’s Fox 2 reported that due to the President’s travel ban, Mike Hager, a U.S. citizen born in Iraq, was forced to abandon his mother in the Middle Eastern country when he attempted to return home.

In a separate article, Fox 2 admitted the narrative of the story was a fabrication, as Hager’s mother had died five days earlier than he claimed:

The leader of a mosque in Dearborn has confirmed to FOX 2 that a man who claimed his mother died in Iraq after being barred from returning to the United States under a ban instituted by President Trump this weekend, lied to FOX 2 about when her death occurred.

Imam Husham Al-Hussainy, leader of the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center in Dearborn, says Mike Hager’s mom did not pass away this weekend after being barred from traveling to the United States. The Imam confirms that Hager’s mother died before the ban was put in place.

3. Anthony Scaramucci and the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

CNN, the epitome of fake news, lost three veteran journalists after it retracted an article in June.

The network claimed that Anthony Scaramucci was connected to the $10-billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, something which was obviously false but useful for CNN in their pursuit of a link between Trump and Russia.

Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtblau and Lex Haris all resigned after being told they had breached CNN’s standards by relying on a single anonymous source for a story.

“It is rare that you have three people shown the door over one story,” said one former CNN executive according to the LA Times“I think they have a low tolerance for feeding the fake news beast.”

If that is the case, that tolerance has increased in recent months.

“What might have been an error of judgment and reporting — albeit an egregious one — in another era becomes part of this onslaught against the legitimacy of the press,” said Gabriel Kahn, a professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. “[CNN’s] investigative reporting, with this important exception, has been strong. And, like all responsible news organizations, when they make a mistake they cop to it, which is what they did here.”

4. Steve Scalise Shooting. 

When Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was welcomed back to Congress on September 28 after being shot by an angry Bernie Sanders supporter at a ballgame in Alexandria, VA. Instead of welcoming his return, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) decided to exploit the shooting in an attempt to further gun control regulations.

Pelosi argued that firearm sound suppressors (colloquially, if inaccurately, called “silencers” by people who don’t understand firearms) should stay regulated, despite the fact that Scalise was not shot with a suppressed firearm.

Pelosi claimed the GOP had situated suppressor deregulation “under the facade that it’s for hunters,” however, like many leftists, Pelosi doesn’t know what a suppressor is.

Pelosi claimed suppressor deregulation would result in guns that could shoot completely silently, giving shooters the ability to remain undetected.

“If you can hear, you can run,” she said, apparently unaware that it is impossible to outrun a bullet.

On top of that claim, CBS News reported that Scalise was the first person to be shot when the crazed leftist opened fire, meaning Pelosi’s point is moot as you can’t run from a shooter if you have already been shot.

5. CBS “confirmed” Russia Collusion. 

In early December, CBS News claimed it had “confirmed” an email sent to Donald Trump Jr. in 2016 contained unpublished WikiLeaks documents.

This bombshell revelation could have completely vindicated the waste of taxpayer money that has gone into the Mueller probe. The problem was, it wasn’t true.

6. Tax Cuts.
Despite companies such as AT&TWells Fargo, Fifth Third Bancorp, and Boeing announcing they will pass along tax savings to their employee’s, and in some cases a monetary bonus, the left-wing fake news is desperate to paint President Trump’s tax cuts as a disaster.
H/T: MILO

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