The New York Times reported on Sunday that Donald Trump had attempted to pressure South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem into adding his face to Mt. Rushmore.
Trump shut those rumors down almost immediately, saying on Sunday evening that the NYT report is “fake news” — though he added that it “sounds like a good idea to me!”
Mainstream media outlets immediately jumped on the unverified report from the Times, with CNN amplifying the rumor that Trump is making a move on Mt. Rushmore.
“This is Fake News by the failing @nytimes & bad ratings @CNN,” Trump tweeted. “Never suggested it although, based on all of the many things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me!”
This isn’t the only “fake news” that the Times has taken heat over in the short space of a couple of days.
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd — and the Times editorial board –were eviscerated by public figures on the right and the left for publishing an op-ed that claimed that there hasn’t been a female on a Democrat party ticket in 36 years.
The NYT is broken. pic.twitter.com/sfEvr1OsvM
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) August 8, 2020
Hillary Clinton, who led the Democrat ticket with Tim Kaine in 2016, reacted by tweeting “Either @TimKaine and I had a very vivid shared hallucination four years ago or Maureen had too much pot brownie before writing her column again.”
Mainstream media outlets like the Times and CNN are becoming sloppier and more transparent in their attempts to undermine Trump, but it appears that the American people aren’t buying it as easily anymore.
A Gallup/Knight Foundation survey released last week found that 49 percent of respondents believe that news coverage is “very biased” and that 74 percent of respondents said that “owners of news outlets attempting to influence the way stories are reported” is “a major problem.”