Cry baby New York Times can put the vile lies out there every day but when their enemy returns the fire – they can’t take it.
Listen to them:
The New York Times
Here Is One Way Trump Spreads False Information Online
By LIAM STACK
On Monday, President Trump tweeted that Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, had encouraged liberals to “harm” supporters of “the Make America Great Again movement” and warned her to “be careful what you wish for.”
By Tuesday, the tweet was shared more than 40,000 times, and many users included comments critical of the president. Both critics and supporters of Mr. Trump said the tweet contained a veiled threat against the congresswoman.
This kind of Twitter outrage cycle has repeated itself countless times since Mr. Trump began his presidential campaign in 2015, and it is one of his tried and true methods for injecting disinformation into public discourse, experts said.
“What we’re seeing here is the standard process of Trump launching a series of lies into our media ecosystem and then watching it bounce around and amplify through the system,” said Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor of media studies at The University of Virginia. “So to respond with anything reasonable to the fact that the president basically made stuff up is to extend the message and to throw a bomb” into the political debate.
The president’s tweet about Ms. Waters contained a false statement, an insult and what sounds like a threat. But each time it was shared — even, and perhaps especially, by critics who wanted to vent their anger — the message was amplified and spread.
What Ms. Waters Said
Here is how this particular episode began: some of Mr. Trump’s advisers have recently been hassled at restaurants or at a movie theater by protesters opposed to his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border.
At a rally on Saturday in Los Angeles, Ms. Waters praised those protesters and said they should keep it up.
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
What Happened Afterward
Both liberals and conservatives criticized Ms. Waters for escalating an already tense political situation, although few, if any, liberals believe she called for targeted attacks on White House officials or Trump supporters.
At a news conference on Monday, Ms. Waters said, “I believe in peaceful protest.”
But Mr. Trump and conservatives have embraced a more sinister interpretation.
The conservative group Judicial Watch called for an ethics investigation into Ms. Waters, saying she had “incited violence and assault against members of President Trump’s cabinet.” Its president, Tom Fitton, repeated that argument in an opinion piece for Fox News, which shared it online.
And then there was Mr. Trump, who told his 53 million Twitter followers that Ms. Waters had called for physical violence against many of his supporters. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, repeated a version of that claim during a White House press briefing, implying that she had advocated action against “any Trump supporter.”
Online, Mr. Trump’s critics largely denounced what they saw as a veiled threat (“Be careful what you wish for Max!”).
By retweeting Mr. Trump, many of his critics in turn spread false statements and an insult (“an extraordinarily low IQ person”) rather than correcting them. But even when they do correct the president, Mr. Vaidhyanathan said, it does not make much difference.
“He can make a statement about a member of Congress and her I.Q. and completely lie about what that member of Congress said,” Mr. Vaidhyanathan said of Mr. Trump. “And what will occur is consistent repetition of that message. And most of the repetition of that message will be in the form of criticism, not correction.”
Come on New York Times – put your “big boy pants” on.