Someone needs to tell the person in charge of choosing articles for Trump’s official White House emails and website that, on the internet, rule number one is to read, understand, and for dog’s sake, fact check what you share and post. Today, in apparent defense of their predatory budget, the White house linked a Washington Post satire article.
From the email:
That article, “Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why”, by Alexandra Petri is now enjoying the benefits of a massive surge in readers. Of course, most of those readers are also subscribing to the new administration’s email updates, so the 1,000 plus comments aren’t all friendly.
The satire is wonderful, covering the budget with a measured dose of enough reality to carry some serious weight as a political commentary and managing to be hilarious as well. All in all, a really quality humorous and biting analysis ad absurdum (or is it?) of the Budget
From the article:
This budget will make America a lean, mean fighting machine with bulging, rippling muscles and not an ounce of fat. America has been weak and soft for too long. BUT HOW WILL I SURVIVE ON THIS BUDGET? you may be wondering. I AM A HUMAN CHILD, NOT A COSTLY FIGHTER JET. You may not survive, but that is because you are SOFT and WEAK, something this budget is designed to eliminate.
This article did not only appear in that email, apparently is was also on the White House website also. Folks, this is our new administration at work. If it is so hard to find articles that are positive to your article and not hyper-partisan propaganda networks that you end up posting a satire… well, you obviously didn’t do a very good job on that budget.
This is just the humorous side of the problem, there are less humorous ones too. There will be people that miss the satire. They will not see this as an indictment of hurting nearly everyone in the country except the rich and corporations, they will see it as praise partially, at least, because the Trump team posted it.
Trump’s budget hurts America, in general, and the weakest among us specifically. It truly earned this scathing satire. Too bad they will likely use this gaffe to claim that they were taken in by “fake news”:
AMERICA WILL BE STRONGER THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN! Anyone who survives will be a gun covered in the fur of a rare mammal, capable of fighting disease with a single muscular flex. RAW POWER! HARD RAW POWER GRRRRRR HISSS POW!
It will be great.
Many mainstream news outlets and reputable blogs also use clearly labled satire as the effective, powerful political tool it is, including this one. (That does not encompass unlabeled, catfishing style blogs that try to fool people into believing them.) Some articles are factual, but they also contain opinion. When reading an Opinion article, one must check the supporting facts and decide whether or not the conclusions drawn are true or not, that is the reader’s job.
Though it may be tempting the excuse that it was a Washington Post article or even “fake news” is not valid because it was labeled “Opinion” which puts the onus on the reader to fact check and review. There is no excuse for the White House to not fact check articles, to not even read them apparently. None.
2017 just keeps getting weirder.