Sunday, February 19, 2017

President Chicken Little

Why is the President of the United States, who has access to information from nearly 20 intelligence agencies as well as the entire United States government, getting his information from FoxNews?

And getting it wrong, to boot?

“You look at what’s happening,” [Trump] told his supporters. “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”

Which makes this response, well, fake news:

Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Sunday that Trump was “talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general, and not referring to a specific incident.”

Sanders added that the president had been “referring to a report he had seen the previous night.”
So, what "happened last night in Sweden" is that President Trump, the man with the largest information gathering apparatus ever assembled by human beings at his fingertips (and no, I don't mean Google, though even that would be better), saw a false report on basic cable news.*  And declared the sky to be falling.

*In that FoxNews story it was asserted that:  “Sweden had its first terrorist Islamic attack not that long ago, so they’re now getting a taste of what we’ve been seeing across Europe already.”  The last terrorist attack in Sweden was in 2010.  The terrorist was a Swedish citizen.

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