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The N.Y.Times Lies About Trump’s Lies



Over the week-end the New York Times printed a two-page fold out of Trump’s lies. I checked it out and commented on many of them and was able to counter many of the lies they claimed. I’m including it below.

Trump’s statement is in quotes, then The New York Times’ is in italics and mine are in bold.  The Times repeated a lot of them so I got tired of replying to them each time saying the same thing.

I guess it was because Trump said some things more than once so they wanted to catch everything. Some repeated remarks were deleted for brevity. Much of what he said wasn’t a lie, but exaggeration and things he was overseeing that they get done when they weren’t. Check for yourself here.

  •  JAN. 21 “I wasn’t a fan of Iraq. I didn’t want to go into Iraq.” (He was for an invasion before he was against it.) He was against it.
    • Here is a 2002 interview with Neil Cavuto where he pushed the idea of waiting for the U.N. to act.
  • JAN. 21 “A reporter for Time magazine — and I have been on their cover 14 or 15 times. I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time magazine.” (Trump was on the cover 11 times and Nixon appeared 55 times.) he said he thought he was that doesn’t mean he’s definitely saying it.
  • JAN 23 “Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.” (There’s no evidence of illegal voting.) it’s been shown that there were at least five million illegals voting which is why Hillary and Jill Stein had that recount to see why other illegal votes didn’t materialize.
    • “Specifically, the authors say that illegals may have cast as many as 2.8 million votes in 2008 and 2010. That’s a lot of votes. And when you consider the population of illegal inhabitants has only grown since then, it’s not unreasonable to suppose that their vote has, too.”
  • JAN. 25 “Now, the audience was the biggest ever. But this crowd was massive. Look how far back it goes. This crowd was massive.” (Official aerial photos show Obama’s 2009 inauguration was much more heavily attended.) That’s because they took a picture in the afternoon of Trump’s crowd when everyone was working. After they got off work Trump’s crowd was bigger as shown in later photos.
    • Trump said the audience was the biggest ever. His total audience includes television and live streaming. He is correct. Trump had a much larger television viewing audience than Barack Obama and a record online audience.
  • JAN. 25 “Take a look at the Pew reports (which show voter fraud.)” (The report never mentioned voter fraud. That doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.)
    • Trump actually said, “Pew Research study that said that approximately 24 million, or one out of every eight, voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or significantly inaccurate.”  That is almost a direct quote from the first page of this Pew Research report.
    • The quote being used by the Times is inaccurate and seems purposefully deceptive.
  • JAN. 25 “You had millions of people that now aren’t insured anymore.” (The real number is less than 1 million, according to the Urban Institute.) 
    • The numbers were already staggering in 2014. According to this New York Post article, “The 5 million-plus Americans who’ve seen their health plans canceled thanks to ObamaCare will be joined by millions more this year — because the Affordable Care Act makes their employer-provided policies illegal, as well.”
  • JAN. 26 “We’ve taken in tens of thousands of people. We know nothing about them. They can say they vet them. They didn’t vet them. They have no papers. How can you vet somebody when you don’t know anything about them and you have no papers? How do you vet them? You can’t.” (Vetting lasts up to two years. )
    • He’s right. Even if vetting takes two years how do you vet someone when they don’t have any ID on them and millions are coming in here with no papers or ID.
  • JAN. 28 “The coverage about me in the @nytimes and the @washingtonpost has been so false and angry that the Times actually apologized to its dwindling subscribers and readers.” (It never apologized.) 
    • NYT didn’t apologize per se. But this teary-eyed “oops” letter from the publisher and editor is but a baby-step away from one. Any reasonable person would recognize that they are clearly admitting to having gotten the election wrong and telling their readers that they’ll do better going forward. This is likely what Trump, and other readers saw as an apology.
  • FEB. 3 “Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters are proving the point of the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” (There is no evidence of paid protesters. ) There is some evidence that protestors were paid by George Soros sponsored groups  
  • FEB. 4 “After being forced to apologize for its bad and inaccurate coverage of me after winning the election, the FAKE NEWS @nytimes is still lost!” (It never apologized.)
    • Repeated claim, and here’s a repeat of the truth:
    • NYT didn’t apologize per se. But this teary-eyed “oops” letter from the publisher and editor is but a baby-step away from one. Any reasonable person would recognize that they are clearly admitting to having gotten the election wrong and telling their readers that they’ll do better going forward. This is likely what Trump, and other readers saw as an apology.
  • FEB. 6 “I have already saved more than $700 million when I got involved in the negotiation on the F-35.” (Much of the price drop was projected before Trump took office.)
  • FEB. 6 “It’s gotten to a point where it is not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.” (Terrorism has been reported on, often in detail.)
    • Not as much as it should. They have been more concerned with Trump and fake stories about him which is why they are failing 
  • FEB. 6 “The failing @nytimes was forced to apologize to its subscribers for the poor reporting it did on my election win. Now they are worse!” (It didn’t apologize.) 
    • NYT didn’t apologize per se. But this teary-eyed “oops” letter from the publisher and editor is but a baby-step away from one. Any reasonable person would recognize that they are clearly admitting to having gotten the election wrong and telling their readers that they’ll do better going forward. This is likely what Trump, and other readers saw as an apology.
  • FEB. 6 “And the previous administration allowed it to happen because we shouldn’t have been in Iraq, but we shouldn’t have gotten out the way we got out. It created a vacuum, ISIS was formed.” (The group’s origins date to 2004.)  Hillary and Obama helped form ISIS when they supplied Al-Queda (Al Nusra) with weapons to fight Assad in Syria
    • The NYT narrative is misleading. Choosing to trace ISIS history only to it’s Al-Queda in Iraq (AQI) history ignores the Al-Queda and Baathist foundation. Either you trace it back to Sadaam’s Baathists or some other distant point in Middle-East history or you decide that ISIS was born when AQI was nearly decimated in Iraq and rebuilt itself as ISIS in Syria after the Arab spring in 2010.
  • FEB. 7 “I saved more than $600 million. I got involved in negotiation on a fighter jet, the F-35.” (The Defense Department projected this price drop before Trump took office.)  They may have projected it, but Trump saw that it was accomplished 
  • FEB. 10 “I don’t know about it. I haven’t seen it. What report is that?” (Trump knew about Flynn’s actions for weeks.)  Trump was referring to the report not whether he knew about Flynn’s actions 
  • FEB. 12 “Just leaving Florida. Big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road that the FAKE NEWS media refuses to mention. Very dishonest!” (The media did cover it.) Most stations don’t cover Trump’s rallies, only FOX and they show the lines going for blocks and blocks
  • FEB. 16 “That’s the other thing that was wrong with the travel ban. You had Delta with a massive problem with their computer system at the airports.” (Delta’s problems happened two days later.) Two days later, big deal. He was referring to this a few weeks later.
  • FEB. 16 “When WikiLeaks, which I had nothing to do with, comes out and happens to give, they’re not giving classified information.” (Not always. They have released classified information in the past.) He wasn’t referring to the past he was referring to a particular item.
  • FEB. 16 “We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban. But we had a bad court. Got a bad decision.” (The rollout was chaotic.)  Chaotic because of a bad decision from the courts like he said.  
  • FEB. 16 “They’re giving stuff — what was said at an office about Hillary cheating on the debates. Which, by the way, nobody mentions. Nobody mentions that Hillary received the questions to the debates.” (It was widely covered.) I don’t remember it being widely covered in the mainstream press.
  • FEB. 18 “And there was no way to vet those people. There was no documentation. There was no nothing.” (Refugees receive multiple background checks, taking up to two years.) like I said before. How can you vet someone when they have no documentation 
  • FEB. 18 “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?” (Trump implied there was a terror attack in Sweden, but there was no such attack.) The president clarified that he was talking about news reporting that had surfaced the night before.
    • “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.”
  • FEB. 24 “By the way, you folks are in here — this place is packed, there are lines that go back six blocks.” (There was no evidence of long lines.)  Yes there was.FOX News always showed them.
  • FEB. 24 “ICE came and endorsed me.”(Only its union did.) That’s what he meant. Same  thing.  
  • FEB. 24 “Obamacare covers very few people — and remember, deduct from the number all of the people that had great health care that they loved that was taken away from them — it was taken away from them.” (Obamacare increased coverage by a net of about 20 million.)  But five million lost their plans and doctors
  • FEB. 27 “Since Obamacare went into effect, nearly half of the insurers are stopped and have stopped from participating in the Obamacare exchanges.” (Many fewer pulled out.) More have since pulled out and more are everyday  
  • FEB. 28 “And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that.” (NATO countries agreed to meet defense spending requirements in 2014.)
    • NYT is just wrong here. Only NATO leaders made the agreement in 2014 and NATO countries hadn’t made any progress towards meeting the 2% of GDP goal. After Trump’s discussions, those countries are actually beginning to fund their own defense.
  • MARCH 4 “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” (There’s no evidence of a wiretap.)  
    • The evidence in the Russia-collusion and illegal unmasking investigations has not been made public. Saying there is no evidence because it may still be unreleased is dishonest. Flynn was unmasked somehow.
  • MARCH 4 “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”(There’s no evidence of a wiretap) yes there was and there were numerous articles on it.  
  • MARCH 7 “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!” (113 of them were released by President George W. Bush.)  Obama released them too    
  • MARCH 13 “First of all, it covers very few people.” (About 20 million people gained insurance under Obamacare.)  And for the third time five million people lost their plan under Obamacare which is dying anyway.    
  • MARCH 17 “I was in Tennessee — I was just telling the folks — and half of the state has no insurance company, and the other half is going to lose the insurance company.” (There’s at least one insurer in every Tennessee county.)
  • MARCH 21 “To save taxpayer dollars, I’ve already begun negotiating better contracts for the federal government — saving over $700 million on just one set of airplanes of which there are many sets.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.)  They may have been planned before hand, but he is seeing that it gets done and is not wasted.  
  • MARCH 22 “NATO, obsolete, because it doesn’t cover terrorism. They fixed that.” (It has fought terrorism since the 1980s.) They don’t do a good job then
  • MARCH 22 “Well, now, if you take a look at the votes, when I say that, I mean mostly they register wrong — in other words, for the votes, they register incorrectly and/or illegally. And they then vote. You have tremendous numbers of people.” (There’s no evidence of widespread voter fraud.)   Yes there is. People voting several times have come forth and admitted it and at least five million illegals voted.  
  • MARCH 31 “We have a lot of plants going up now in Michigan that were never going to be there if I — if I didn’t win this election, those plants would never even think about going back. They were gone.” (These investments were already planned.)  When trump met with CEO’S in the white house Ford, Chrysler and Intel all agreed not to build in England, Scotland and Ireland like they were planning to but will build here instead,   
  • APRIL 2 “Now, my last tweet — you know, the one that you are talking about, perhaps — was the one about being, in quotes, wiretapped, meaning surveilled. Guess what, it is turning out to be true.” (There is still no evidence.) There is plenty of evidence and it has been written about numerous times.  
  • APRIL 11 “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve.” (He knew Steve Bannon since 2011.)
    • Knowing someone and them being involved with your campaign are two different things.
  • APRIL 12 “You can’t do it faster, because they’re obstructing. They’re obstructionists. So I have people — hundreds of people that we’re trying to get through. I mean you have — you see the backlog. We can’t get them through.” (At this point, he had not nominated anyone for hundreds of positions.) That’s because the dems were obstructing him
  • APRIL 12 “The New York Times said the word wiretapped in the headline of the first edition. Then they took it out of there fast when they realized.” (There were separate headlines for print and web, but neither were altered.)I wish I could believe that
  • APRIL 12 “The secretary general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism. I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism.” (NATO has been engaged in counterterrorism efforts since the 1980s.) 
  • APRIL 16 “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!” (There’s no evidence of paid protesters.)  yes there is, but it is not widely known.
  • MAY 1 “Well, we are protecting pre-existing conditions. And it’ll be every good — bit as good on pre-existing conditions as Obamacare.” (The bill weakens protections for people with pre-existing conditions.)  It covers people with pre-existing conditions   
  • MAY 4 “We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world.” (We’re not.) 
    • A bit misleading. The United States has the highest marginal corporate tax rate in the free world – we aren’t likely to lose business to or compete with countries not in the OECD.
      • Out of the 34 countries in the OECD, America ranks first with a 39.1 percent corporate tax rate, compared to an OECD average of 24.1 percent. The OECD figure is what’s called the statutory rate, meaning the base rate applied to corporate profits.”
  • MAY 4 “Nobody cares about my tax return except for the reporters.” (Polls show most Americans do care.)
    • The most recent poll I could find says, “The rest of Americans, about two-thirds, either don’t know that Trump hasn’t released his tax returns, or don’t care whether he does or is required to do so.”
  • MAY 12 “Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election.” (The F.B.I. was investigating before the election.) Podesta and Robbie Mooks said after Hillary lost to spread the word that Trump colluded with Russia and the media went along for the ride.
  • JUNE 4 “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” (The mayor was specifically talking about the enlarged police presence on the streets.)
    • Sticking up for the mayor isn’t the same thing as proving this was Trump lying. The Mayor said it. It wasn’t something he should have said. Trump pointed it out.
  • JUNE 5 “The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.” (Trump signed this version of the travel ban, not the Justice Department.)
    • He signed both versions. NYT misleading at best…
  • JUNE 21 “They all say it’s ‘nonbinding.’ Like hell it’s nonbinding.” (The Paris climate agreement is nonbinding — and Trump said so in his speech announcing the withdrawal.)   He did the right thing by pulling out anyway non-binding or not. 

No wonder the NY Times is failing!!!!!

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