Bremmer’s Tweet was Stupid
Making up a Trump quote just gives cover to the real ones.
I have long thought that any joke tweets or parodies of Trump’s Twitter account are a bad idea. This is because they are often hard to distinguish from the real thing, which are plenty absurd on their own, and just add fuel to the “fake news” fire.
Ian Bremmer, as political scientist and commentator, demonstrates the point:
Time Magazine columnist Ian Bremmer on Sunday tweeted a quote from President Donald Trump about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un that quickly went viral — but it wasn’t real.
“President Trump in Tokyo: ‘Kim Jong Un is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe Biden.'” Bremmer wrote on Twitter.Via The Daily Caller: Time Magazine Columnist’s Trump Quote Went Viral — Then hr Admitted he Made it up.
To be honest that is the kind of Trump-attributed quote that I would have needed to find independent verification before I shared it, as it seems like too much, even for him. BUT, I will admit, it is not outside the realm of possibility that Trump might say something like that.
After all, he did tweet the following this weekend:
North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2019
BTW: that’s the corrected version. as he originally spelled the former VP’s last name as “Bidan.”
Nonetheless, given the already difficult nature of getting truth into public discourse, not to mention the highly problematic nature of Trump’s real communications, it behooves anyone who cares about accuracy to not muddy the waters any further.
Any time Trump supporter can point to actual “fake news” it makes it easier for the real news to be ignored. It also obscures the real nonsense that comes from Trump’s twitter feed.
For example, it allows The Federalist to fume Ian Bremmer Pushes Fake News On Twitter. Will Liberals Care? But, I will note, a perusal of their list of recent stories has nothing about Trump praising Kim’s insult of Biden.
Whether this was some kind of joke or experiment doesn’t matter. It was irresponsible and it is a reminder that we should double-check things like this before hitting the retweet button (something a number of real journalists failed to heed).