Fake News Says Melania Orders the Death of Historic Tree. Actually, the Tree is Dying and Dangerous...
The "fake news" fad of the early days of the Trump Presidency has evolved from a blatantly confabulated practice to quiet daily actions of the left. It's a slow news week, so that means articles with the nutritional value of cow feces. Who needs another list of the top Kardashian conspiracy theories when one can merely pull a fake headline from one's backside orifice?
Newsweek and a bunch of other "news" outlets decided to paint Melania Trump as a tree-killing maniac. Stopping at nothing to see the leafed specimens burned, while they pop and whistle in agony. That should get the clicks.
Newsweek published a misleading headline on Tuesday that claimed First Lady Melania Trump demanded a historic Jackson magnolia tree be removed from the White House grounds...
The First Lady did order the historic tree to be removed, but only after specialists determined that it needed to be removed. The tree has long been supported by poles and wires and posed a hazard for anyone standing near it.
Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor mocked the publication for partaking in the “usual war on Trump” that has become a hobby of the mainstream media.
“They either find something to attack him on or they just make it up,” Gainor told Fox News. “Remember, Newsweek sold several years ago for $1. It appears the buyers were cheated.”
But Newsweek wasn't the only one to post a misleading headline.
Melania Trump orders White House tree from 1800s to be cut down https://t.co/NWW6Zhs1eU— The Independent (@The Independent)1514321238.0
Melania Trump orders large portion of historic White House tree removed https://t.co/mFXc7kDsqf https://t.co/H01qckxHr4— HuffPost (@HuffPost)1514327946.0
Trump’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN the First Lady “personally reviewed the reports from the United States National Arboretum and spoke at length with her staff about exploring every option before making the decision.”
The tree, which was planted in the early 1800s, is scheduled to be removed later this week.
Confession time. When I first read those headlines, I imagined a creepy smiling Melania with a chainsaw covered in the sap of her victims. She cackles ferociously while stomping wildflowers. Sounds like the results Newsweek wanted. But the joke's on them. A lot of people find chainsaw-wielding women attractive.
Turns out, though, the real headline was: Melania Trump Puts People above Ancient Kindling. Yes, I get it, the tree's part of history. But it's dying. The tree's final act, if left alive to appease Newsweek, would be mass murder. So upon further reflection, maybe the headline should've read: Melania Trump Saves Dozens, Cuts Down Would-Be Kamikaze Tree.
Fake news is still alive and well. Unlike the fated magnolia.