This guy is a real piece of work! Check out his ridiculous “defense” for tweeting out a fabricated Trump quote…
The Media(D) headlines often cite how Republicans “pounce” to frame an entire story. For example, the New York Times headline when AOC announced her ridiculous Green New Deal and her FAQ document which looked like it had been written by Mrs. McGillicutty’s Third-grade class, was not that the rollout looked like it had been orchestrated by Larry, Moe, and Curly, it was that “Republicans Pounce.”
Republicans, it seems, pounce constantly. (I guess that’s why we have such great legs.)
This time, it wasn’t the Republicans doing the pouncing.
Ian Bremmer, a professor at New York University, as well as a contributor and editor-at-large for Time Magazine, posted a completely made-up quote by President Trump stating that Kim Jong Un would make a better president of the United States than “sleepy” Joe Biden.
Bremmer’s tweet was picked up by some prominent Anti-Trumpers and spotted by Jerry Dunleavy of the Washington Examiner.
The quote was unverified by journalists in the traveling pool with Trump in Japan. Once confronted about it online by a Washington Examiner reporter, Bremmer admitted it was false, though he said it could be “plausible.”
Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media, is a foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large for Time magazine.
Source: Washington Examiner
Dunleavy’s tweet allowed for the possibility that the quote was real but said that if it was indeed fabricated, it was a “deceitful piece of Fake News.” Later, Dunleavy posted that the quote was completely made up, yet it was being spread by “journalists and congressmen.”
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) May 26, 2019
There was no indication that the quote Bremmer posted was made up. Not only that, he’s a contributor and editor of Time. He literally writes articles on geopolitical issues and he is a political science professor at a university.
When you put out a fake Trump quote without any indication you were making it up, and then blame the readers for not realizing you were making the quote up.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) May 26, 2019
The Tweet was picked up by Rep. Ted Lieu(D-CA) and (alleged) Republican political commentator, Ana Navarro.
They have both deleted the tweets.
It wasn’t just the audacity of Bremmer’s initial tweet putting his entire reputation on the line, his defense was a real humdinger.
Bremmer responded to Dunleavy saying that the Trump quote was “objectively a completely ludicrous quote” and then quickly deleted the tweet.
Fortunately, the internet is forever.
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) May 27, 2019
Well, then. Deliberately spreading fake news in order to prove that there are echo chambers on Twitter. Great work, McFly!
The President even weighed in on the fake quote and said that “libel laws should be changed to hold Fake News Media accountable!”
.@ianbremmer now admits that he MADE UP “a completely ludicrous quote,” attributing it to me. This is what’s going on in the age of Fake News. People think they can say anything and get away with it. Really, the libel laws should be changed to hold Fake News Media accountable!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2019
Oddly, Bremmer posted a tail-between-his-legs apology after the President’s tweet about changing libel laws:
My tweet yesterday about Trump preferring Kim Jong Un to Biden as President was meant in jest. The President correctly quoted me as saying it was a “completely ludicrous” statement. I should have been clearer. My apologies.
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) May 27, 2019
I hope having the tweet trend briefly was worth the cost to his reputation because that won’t be easy to repair.
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