Bad news for supporters of the Schlemiel-in-Chief. Just when they think they might get a break, the truth rears its ugly head anew. This time it’s from those nasty fact-checkers at The Washington Post:
Donald Trump earned 59 Four-Pinocchio ratings as a presidential candidate. Now that he’s president, he has continued his proclivity for making dubious, misleading or false statements. He also often repeats the same debunked claims even though they have been fact-checked. It’s hard to keep up with all of Trump’s rhetoric, so the Fact Checker is assembling in one place all of his suspect statements from his first 100 days as president. You can sort them by various categories and see how many times he has repeated the same false statement.
Ow! That has got to hurt. And there is a lesson to be learned, one that Donald Trump has failed to pick up on. It’s typically referred to as Greener’s Law, and it’s explained here:
1931 John F. Steward, The Reaper, (New York: Greenberg) 239: “The manufacture of self-raking reapers was then at its height, and the makers of those machines were … led to believe that the Marsh harvester might become a competitor. So, with printer’s ink, by the barrel, the new comer was cried down.” 1964 Irving Leibowitz, My Indiana (Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice-Hall) 76: “Pulliam’s power lies in the relentless, scorching heat of his newspapers. … Former Congressman Charles Bornson … used to say, I never quarrel with a man who buys ink by the barrel.'” 1965 William L. Rivers, The Opinionmakers (Boston: Beacon) 177: “One Indiana Congressman said resignedly of [newspaper owner Eugene] Pulliam, ‘I never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel.‘” [Remaining citations omitted.]
The place I once worked in a Dallas suburb was close by the Dallas Morning News printing plant. There was a railway siding that serviced the plant, and flat cars held large rolls of newsprint. There were tanker cars, as well, and I can only surmise what they contained. The Washington Post is an equally large operation. I made a screen shot from their page to show this neat graphic they created, just for Mr. Trump.
Go to the page for a better view. When you mouse over one of the categories in the top row the bars representing that category will display, showing Trump’s fabrications for each day applicable. Readers, and especially Trump fans, when you get on the wrong side of somebody like The Washington Post, stand by for some heat.
Lest readers respond that responsible journalism must not be taking sides in a matter and especially should not be draining that much ink to lash out at a sitting president, keep in mind that this is no ordinary president. This is a president who built his campaign on lies and now attempts to run the Executive Branch on a bed of fabrications. For example:
Regarding picking fights, he seldom misses an opportunity:
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@realDonaldTrump Congratulations to @FoxNews for being number one in inauguration ratings. They were many times higher than FAKE NEWS @CNN – public is smart!Donald J. TrumpVerified account @realDonaldTrump The failing @nytimes has been wrong about me from the very beginning. Said I would lose the primaries, then the general election. FAKE NEWS!Donald J. TrumpVerified account @realDonaldTrump Thr coverage about me in the @nytimes and the @washingtonpost gas been so false and angry that the times actually apologized to its…..Donald J. TrumpVerified account @realDonaldTrump…dwindling subscribers and readers.They got me wrong right from the beginning and still have not changed course, and never will. DISHONEST
Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.