Iranian regime cites bogus handcuffed child story peddled by liberal press to discredit Trump
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was even asked about the alleged incident on Jan. 30, before the debunking of the handcuffing incident began.
After the debunking, news stories from major outlets began to disappear from the Web. A story published by Yahoo News disappeared.
Google News results Tuesday brought up a Jan. 31 Yahoo News piece headlined: “5-Year Old Iranian-American Boy Handcuffed, Held at Dulles.” A click on the story link brings up a “page not found” message.
A story in the United Kingdom’s Independent apparently mentioned handcuffs; now it does not.
Some stories and editorials did not make a correction. The Baltimore Sun still hasn’t corrected an opinion piece by Chris Edelson, a professor at American University, who makes the claim. The left-wing AlterNet made the claim as recently as Tuesday afternoon, well after Snopes debunked the story.
Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a foreign policy adviser to Trump, could not comment about the issue on Tuesday when approached by LifeZette. But earlier in the day, Gorka told a caller during “The Michael Medved Show” that fake news is indeed being used against Trump for political reasons, going back months before the election.
“Every single organ that generates these kinds of stories comes from the same clique of media organs that predicted that Hillary would win and that Brexit wouldn’t occur,” said Gorka. “I know what fake news is. And it’s coming from those organizations.”
A longtime conservative media watchdog said accuracy is being tossed aside in a rush to zing Trump, and America’s enemies are using some of the claims.
“It appears that more media fake news is now being used as a propaganda tool by the anti-American loons who run Iran,” said Dan Gainor, vice resident of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center. “This is what happens when news media operate on their own bizarre version of publish or perish. They left behind accuracy in pursuit of hit jobs on President Trump.”