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May 30, 2019

Media Narrative Busted As Liberal MSM Writer Flubs Yet Another 'Orange Man Bad' Viral Report That Spurned A Fake News Frenzy By The MSM

By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

One would think after the media debacles over the past few years, where inaccurate news reports from almost all the major news and cable outlets have had to be corrected, edited, changed, re-titled, and in some cases completely retracted and removed from the Internet, that the MSM would at least try to appear as if they had learned something...... but no, it seems they have learned nothing.

Multiple media stories over the course of just the last two days have been debunked as being false narratives, deliberately reported in a manner to incite liberals and Trump-haters into highlighting, sharing and regurgitating patently misleading news.

We'll breakdown one of the most egregious examples below.

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False Narrative: Wall Street Journal published an article on May 29, 2019 (updated it after they were busted on May 30), titled "White House Wanted USS John McCain ‘Out of Sight’ During Trump Japan Visit." The sub-header stated "U.S. military officials worked to ensure President Trump wouldn’t see the warship that bears the name of the late senator, a frequent target of the president’s ire."

In the original report (which can be seen on before it was stealth edited without an editor's note nor a correction note added, the following two paragraphs pushed that narrative:

There were discussions within the U.S. military over the past week about how to handle the warship, another U.S. official said. The ship is being repaired after a 2017 collision, and any ship undergoing such repair or maintenance would be difficult to move, officials said. A tarp was hung over the ship’s name ahead of the president’s trip, according to photos reviewed by the Journal, and sailors were directed to remove any coverings from the ship that bore its name. After the tarp was taken down, a barge was moved closer to the ship, obscuring its name. Navy officials acknowledge the barge was moved but said it was not moved to obscure the name of the ship. Sailors on the ship, who typically wear caps bearing its name, were given the day off during Mr. Trump’s visit, people familiar with the matter said.

Mr. Trump arrived in Japan on Saturday and on Tuesday—though still Monday in the U.S.—delivered Memorial Day remarks to troops aboard the USS Wasp, which is stationed along with the USS John McCain at Yokosuka Naval Base, south of Tokyo. Speaking to around 800 military men and women—some of whom wore “Make Aircrew Great Again” patches with a likeness of the president on their jumpsuits—Mr. Trump said he was joined by sailors from six other ships. He made no mention of the USS John McCain.

The image used by WSJ did show the tarp on the ship over the name.......but as was pointed out by the recently reactivated verified Twitter account of the Navy Chief of information on May 29, after the inaccurate WSJ report started going viral, "That photo is not from the day of the POTUS visit (Monday in Japan, Sunday in US)......" They also stated "The name of USS John S. McCain was not obscured during the POTUS visit to Yokosuka on Memorial Day. The Navy is proud of that ship, its crew, its namesake and its heritage."

By May 30, the WSJ stealth edited their story and between the two quoted paragraphs above, it now has another one added:

The picture of the tarp was taken on Friday and the tarp was taken down on Saturday, a Navy official said. The paint barge was also removed ahead of the presidential visit, said Cmdr. Clayton Doss, a spokesman for the Navy’s Seventh Fleet.

While in and of itself, had we not been in the midst of a major liberal media period of constant fake news and false narratives, that might have been chalked up to a mistake that they fixed, and somehow forgot to add an editors note highlighting the original false assertion and implication that the name of the ship was covered up during the presidential visit because...... ORANGE MAN BAD, but this isn't another time and place, and this is a consistent pattern by liberal writers in the age of Trump.

That wasn't the only thing Ballhaus got wrong either. In a subsequent tweet, still promoting her debunked story, she claimed " Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan was aware of the concern about the presence of the USS John McCain in Japan and approved measures to ensure it didn’t interfere w/Trump’s trip, a U.S. official said."

Wrong again as Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan "was not aware of the directive to move the USS John S McCain nor was he aware of the concern precipitating the directive," his spokesman, Joe Buccino, said. (Source - Fox News)

Had the WSJ writers did some research they would have known that while there were emails, and keeping the ship out of sight was mentioned, President Trump had nothing to do with it.

Jim Hoft over at Gateway Pundit concludes his piece on this fiasco with "But it doesn’t matter. The bogus story is out there and now and the liberal media is off another another anti-Trump feeding frenzy. This is how fake news is started."

Proving his point, look at how many jumped on the bandwagon of fake news:


Granted some of the smaller conservative links shown there are Independent Media writers trying to clarify and get the whole truth out, but look at the fake news frenzy on the part of the liberal outlets and the MSM. Note - Those are just the discussions about this picked up by the website Memeorandum, there are many, many more when using a search engine.

To highlight the point that the writer wasn't just mistaken, others have pointed out that one of the writers of that article, Rebecca Ballhaus, had previously selectively edited a quote from President Trump in order to cast aspersions on him.

Ryan Saavedra, who writes for The Daily Wire, points out that in March 2019, he called her out for only using a partial quote from President Trump, saying "This is the same reporter that deceptively edited a quote from Trump back in March," before providing a screen shot from March: (H/T Twitchy)

Related: Can They Get Anything Right? Looks Like That ‘Trump Wanted The USS McCain Obscured’ Story Is Fake News


Writers and journalists are human beings and human beings do make honest mistakes, but the consistent nature of the multitude of fake news, false narratives and blatant bias being seen these days, with all their "mistakes" following the same pattern of smearing President Trump and/or his supporters, some of which are detailed in the video below, indicate that these are not just human error.

These patently false narratives not only show the dishonesty of the liberal media in today's day and age, but also show just how obsessed the media has become with President Trump himself, and their determination to bring him down without any thought to truth, honesty or integrity.

The liberal mainstream media truly has become the satirical meme of a gaggle of NPCs (Non-player characters in video games) screaming "Orange Man Bad" each and every day.

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