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One of the DC press corps’ constant demands is that they be taken seriously. Very seriously. This would be easier if the journalists in question took their work seriously. The latest silliness was the media’s reaction to a lighthearted Photoshop Donald Trump shared on social media Wednesday.
The President noticed the bipartisan celebration of the service dog who helped take down al-Baghdadi, so he joined in on the fun. Originally created by the Daily Wire, the image showed Trump placing a paw-print medal over the heroic Belgian Malinois with the caption “AMERICAN HERO!”
Super-serious journalists were shocked.
I've requested details from the @WhiteHouse on this photo.
There was no such canine event on today's @POTUS schedule but there is a Medal of Honor ceremony set here for later today for an active duty Green Beret. https://t.co/NESINT9J4b
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 30, 2019
Why the terrible photoshop on top of everything else? WHY? https://t.co/ZogZwAyvmL
— Anushay Hossain (@AnushayHossain) October 30, 2019
Fine, just the president of the United States disseminating a doctored image created by a right-wing propaganda site. pic.twitter.com/Ky26zdDaXe
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) October 30, 2019
The madness culminated with the “paper of record” investigating the scandal and condemning the “faked photo.”
President Trump on Wednesday shared a photograph from 2017 altered to show him placing a medal around the neck of the dog injured in the raid that led to the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s leader.https://t.co/XUWwq0b9Ie
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 30, 2019
The White House hasn’t been caught in a firestorm like this since he tweeted about Greenland. If journalism wants to be taken seriously, be serious. Just not too serious.Published in