It seems like every time you open Facebook or Twitter or read or watch the news, there is an article on how to find fake news or how someone is saying something is fake news.
Right now, America’s president isn’t a fan of the media, especially if it has something negative to say about him.
On March 14, 2017, NBC released President Trump’s 2005 tax returns, and of course, he took it well.
“Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, ‘went to his mailbox’ and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!” Trump tweeted March 15.
NBC’s Rachel Maddow Show released the returns, but they were sent to David Cay Johnston who is the journalist who no one has heard of according to Trump.
The man won a Pulitzer.
Clearly, that argument wasn’t well researched.
News isn’t fake just because the person it’s about doesn’t like it. The White House also confirmed that the returns were real because they agree he paid $38 million in taxes in 2005.
Buzzfeed did a report on fake news during the election and found that more people read fake news than real news in the last three months of the election.
What Trump doesn’t understand is that stories such as “Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump” and “WikiLeaks CONFIRMS Hillary Sold Weapons to ISIS” aren’t using facts or real sources, and are actually fake news.
Another argument Trump made was that the returns shouldn’t have been released because it was a violation of law.
Vox reported that may not be the case because he was planning to share them himself and they were over 10 years old.
Trump did say he would release his tax returns in full after his audit but journalists released two pages and he thinks people should be in jail.
He wrote off $100 million in business losses.
He and his wife only paid a quarter of their income in taxes.
Most of what they paid was the alternative minimum tax.
And this isn’t the first time this has happened.
In October 2016, Susanne Craig, another journalist, was mailed tax returns from 1995 that belonged to Trump and those were also said to be illegally obtained when published in the New York Times.
The funny thing is, there is a stamp on the 2005 copy that says “CLIENT COPY.”
Wouldn’t Trump be the client in this case?
The point here is that there is freedom of this press in the United States and journalists have a duty to make all information they have known, whether or not the person they have dirt on likes it or not.
Even if he is the president.