Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images
“Fake news” started as a laughable meme started by Donald Trump himself to diffuse the media's attacks on him, but now it's a phrase in our everyday lexicon.
Trump hasn't been president for even a whole year yet, but going by his latest statement, he's long written off any sort of support or even nonpartisan coverage of his agenda. So Trump did what Trump does best — he trolled his enemies.
“We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me),” Trump tweeted. “They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!”
There's a bit of a learning curve to deciphering Trump. Sometimes, his tweets are serious, and sometimes, they're meant to troll his haters.
This tweet, in particular, is clearly meant to rile up his media haters. He knows how to press their buttons, and he also knows it'll keep them discussing something trivial on a Monday morning while he's busy working on his tax plan.
We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2017
President Trump would probably tweet a lot less if it didn't get such a strong reaction, but he knows the media can't not report it.
Release the trolls.
Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.