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“A Completely Ludicrous Quote” Gets Treated As Real News

Trump tweet Ian Bremmer
“President Trump in Tokyo: ‘Kim Jong Un is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe Biden.'” Time Magazine columnist and NYU professor Ian Bremmer posted to Twitter over the weekend.

Much as we tend to agree with at least the first clause of that sentence, it turns out that it isn’t true – or at least the part attributing the comment to President Trump isn’t true – Bremmer made it up.

Bremmer left the false post up for several hours before conceding he made up the quote and deleting the tweet, which he first defended as “plausible.”

Peter Hasson of the Daily Caller tallied-up some of the “journalists” and political figures who retweeted Bremmer’s fake news quote.

The prize in our review of the Twitterverse goes to Trump-hating CNN contributor Ana Navarro-Cardenas who wrote, “Don’t shrug your shoulders. Don’t get used to this insanity.”

“The President of the United States praising a cruel dictator who violates human rights, threatens nuclear attacks, oppresses his people, and kills political opponents, IS NOT FREAKING NORMAL,” Navarro- Cardenas added.

Her tweet amplifying Bremmer’s fake quote was shared thousands of times across Twitter reports Peter Hassan.

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33) also spread Bremmer’s false tweet. This the second time in recent months Lieu got suckered on a fake news tweet. Back in December Lieu got scorched by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders after he used a false tweet from The Hill to accuse Sanders of lying.

The Hill’s tweet misrepresented a Sanders quote from an appearance on “Fox & Friends.” “Democrats shouldn’t need to be begged to be a part of cutting taxes for the American people,” Sanders stated. “They should’ve been begging and banging down the door of the building behind me to be part of this process and to be part of helping more Americans be more successful.”

The Hill twisted Sanders’ words, reading: “Huckabee Sanders: GOP ‘begged’ Dems to work on tax reform.” Only after clicking into the story did readers find out that The Hill’s tweet wasn’t accurate.

Lieu quoted the inaccurate tweet to attack Sanders, writing: “Dear @PressSec: You don’t serve in Congress. I do. And I can say with absolute certainty that you are lying.” Lieu’s tweet went viral and was retweeted 15,000 times.

“Dear @tedlieu – I don’t serve in Congress, but I can read. If you had read the story, not an incorrect tweet, you would see that what I said was Dems should be begging to help Americans keep more of their money. You should spend less time tweeting, more time doing your job,” Sanders responded.

Lieu later took down the tweet while challenging Sarah Huckabee Sanders to give the “same tweeting advice you gave me to your boss.”

After Bremmer ‘fessed-up to the falsehood, Lieu ate dirt again and later wrote that he “removed the retweet” after Ian Bremmer admitted the Kim Jong Un – Biden quote was fake.

Muslim activist and VA Senate District 28 Candidate Qasim Rashid also jumped on the virtue signaling band wagon tweeting:

Under Kim Jong Un, North Korea has placed 50,000 Christians in Concentration Camps where they are starved, tortured, & murdered.

45’s praise of a man who murders Christians for their faith should itself be an impeachable offense.

Why is GOP silent?

Of course, Rashid missed tweeting about the actual news of the Muslim genocide of Christians in the Middle East, Nigeria and elsewhere. He later deleted the tweet while challenging Trump supporters to get back to him when the President apologizes for his “10,000 documented lies.”

While it is true that Bremmer deleted the tweet, he left it up for several hours, and deleted it only after having defended it on the grounds of “truthiness.” As the Washington Examiner’s Victor Morton reported, Bremmer was trying to have it both ways, saying it was both ludicrous “and yet kinda plausible.”

President Trump, for his part, was not amused and tweeted a call for changes to libel laws:
@ianbremmer now admits that he MADE UP ‘a completely ludicrous quote,’ attributing it to me. This is what’s going on in the age of Fake News. People think they can say anything and get away with it. Really, the libel laws should be changed to hold Fake News Media accountable!

We agree with President Trump, there is a huge difference between a mistake of fact and the reporting of social media comments that today’s “journalists” treat as news and report without vetting. Some system of holding those who promulgate, and often profit from fake news needs to be found.

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