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Twitter Erupts On The 'Wall Street Journal' for Playing Into Donald Trump's Twitter Lunacy

By Dustin Rowles | Horror | November 28, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Horror | November 28, 2016 |

Over the weekend, Donald Trump had an increasingly angry and deranged response on Twitter to Jill Stein’s decision to have the vote recounted and audited in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, after Hillary Clinton’s campaign decided to join the effort. The Clinton team has no illusions about a recount changing the outcome, and it will not contribute financially to it, but since Stein has gone to the effort, Clinton’s team decided to at least send out some lawyers to oversee the effort and make sure it’s conducted fairly.

Trump was displeased, going on a lengthy tweet meltdown on Saturday night and Sunday morning, railing against Clinton for the “hypocrisy” of not accepting the vote. He doubled down later in the day, and began suggesting not only that there was fraud in three states that he lost, but that he actually won the popular vote if you discount the millions of illegal votes.

This is obviously untrue, and based purportedly on some bullshit Infowars article with absolutely no merit whatsoever. Ironically, however, the allegations made by Trump bolster Stein’s decision to audit the vote.

But this isn’t about Trump’s tweets, because anyone with half a brain knows what’s going on here. Trump is attempting to gaslight America. No, this is about how Trump’s Twitter lies should and should not be reported, and how the Wall Street Journal played right into Donald Trump’s hands with a headline on the front page.

Here’s how the Times reported the story:

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I might have preferred, “Donald Trump, Who Is a Lying Sack of Shit, Claims Millions Voted Illegally, Citing No Evidence,” but this will do.

This will not:

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That is the exact wrong way to report this story, and Twitter let the WSJ have it.

The Wall Street Journal apparently listened and changed their headline online, at least. But the new headline isn’t any goddamn better.

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This is the kind of journalism that led to the election of Donald Trump in the first place.

We can’t stop Donald Trump from lying for the next four years, but at least the media can appropriately call out the lies.

Hat Tip: Robert Lloyd

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