I must say that France has jumped up quite a few notches on my list as of late.
After two plus days of this new “bromance” between President Trump and President Macron, President Macron jumped on our president’s bandwagon and called out the “fake news” media.
President Trump has regularly used to the term “fake news” to draw attention to biased media outlets in our country, like NBC, CNN, CBS, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, just to name a few.
French President Emmanuel Macron said the world must “fight against the ever-growing virus of fake news,” spurring a rousing ovation during his speech to a joint meeting of the United States’ Congress.
“To protect our democracies, we have to fight against the ever-growing virus of fake news, which exposes our people to irrational fear and imaginary risk,” Macron said.
“Without reason, without truce, there’s no real democracy,” the 40-year-old French leader continued. “Because democracy is about true choices and rational decisions. The corruption of information is an attempt to corrode the very spirit of our democracies.”
According to data from a 2017 Harvard-Harris poll, 65% of voters believe there is a lot of fake news in the mainstream media.
As a result of President Macron’s very positive, very encouraging, and very productive visit to The White House, what did the biased mainstream media’s headlines look like? Well, let’s take a look:
“Macron Critiques Trump’s Policies in Speech to Congress” – The New York Times
“The 7 times Macron sounded a lot like Obama during his speech to Congress” – The Washington Post
“In speech to Congress, France’s Macron breaks with Trump on nationalism, climate change” – The Chicago Tribune
“Macron’s pointed speech to Congress takes aim at Trump agenda” – CNN
“Macron challenges Trump in Congress speech” – Reuters
“French President Macron rejects Trumpism in speech to Congress” – MSNBC
“Macron takes subtle swipes at Trump in speech to Congress” – BusinessInsider.com
The fact that all of these headlines may be true to some extent is not the point. The point is that the “fake news” consistently chooses to report anything relating to President Trump from a negative perspective.