Well isn’t Tom Hanks a chum!
He just sent the White House press corps a coffee machine and a note that read:
“To the White House Press Corps:
Keep up the good fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Especially for the Truth part.
This was no ordinary Microsoft Word letter; for reasons that aren’t clear, it was typed on a typewriter (How artsy!).
And it was no Mr. Coffee that he sent. He sent a Pasquini Espresso Machine, which retails for around two grand.
Such a buddy.
And one can hardly blame Hanks for sending a coffee machine and emphasizing reporting the truth, because many of us have, at this point, lost track of how many stories coming from the mainstream media have been retracted in recent months because they were just plain untrue. Or “fake news,” as some would have it.
Let’s see, there was:
- The time The Washington Post ran this scary headline, “Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say,” with a story about an “operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration” which had to be walked back because it was totally fake. If you pull up the article today, it starts off with an editor’s note that says, “An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid.” (Excuse me for a minute while my face looks like the cry-face emoji.)
- The epic Russian dossier that BuzzFeed claimed contained a truckload of devastating intel on Trump, all of which turned out to be unsubstantiated and later completely condemned as a hoax. The moment the rest of the press smelled a rat, they scrambled to throw BuzzFeed under the bus, with even The New York Times writing this particularly entertaining paragraph in an article on the gaffe:
“Of particular interest was the use of unsubstantiated information from anonymous sources, a practice that fueled some of the so-called fake news—false rumors passed off as legitimate journalism—that proliferated during the presidential election.”
Chuck Todd was a little blunter when he told the editor of BuzzFeed on air, “You just published fake news.”
- That time the AP, supposedly the mecca and medina of solid reporting, ran a story claiming that 100,000 members of the National Guard were heading to the streets to round up illegal immigrants. I thought it was an Onion article when it first floated through my Facebook feed. When I saw it was an AP wire story, I was stunned. But by then I was getting so used to fake news from the mainstream media that I was less shocked when I saw the U.S. Department of Homeland Security come out and plainly state that it was “absolutely incorrect.”
Those are just a few recent highlights. The fake news story on Time reporting that Trump had tossed the Oval Office bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. was a good one, but my personal favorite was the CNN claim that Nancy Sinatra was upset that her dad’s song “My Way” was being used at a Trump inaugural ball. When CNN tweeted out the story and stupidly tagged her in the tweet, Ms. Sinatra replied by tweeting back:
(Cry-face emoji again.)
So yeah, we’ll forgive Tom Hanks for sending the White House press corps a coffee machine. Evidently they need one since they appear to be only half awake when they are writing their stories.