Well, this is awkward.
Buzzfeed News has been at the forefront of some of the worst media blunders of the last several years. They of course hold the honor of being the only media organization to be publicly corrected by Robert Mueller. Just recently, they spread a false story that Ben Shapiro had helped radicalize a neo-nazi, leading to a half-hearted correction on their part.
Journalist integrity isn’t really their thing. Slapping at Donald Trump is.
That brings us to a hilarious turn of events involving a story that spread like wildfire late last year. It goes something like this.
One Republican tells VF Trump didn't want to go to the cemetery in France was because there wasn't a tent to stand under. "He was worried his hair was going to get messed up in the rain," the source said. "Everyone was telling him this was a big mistake." https://t.co/UrJsY1A7W8
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 15, 2018
"It was an embarrassment, and he let down our veterans, he let down our country," says former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about Trump skipping a ceremony at an American burial ground in France because of rain https://t.co/ysb5xIdBtc pic.twitter.com/Wljzhg0RqI
— CNN (@CNN) November 12, 2018
"His failure to go because of the rain was an insult, not only to World War I veterans, but to all veterans." – Former DNI James Clapper criticizes President Trump for skipping an event honoring American troops killed in France during World War I, citing weather concerns. pic.twitter.com/SnfYlPIvq8
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) November 13, 2018
When Trump flies to France and then drops out of the ceremony at a military cemetery because of “rain” we must remember he’s a liar.
It could just be that he’s having a bad hair day that could be made much worse by the weather.
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) November 10, 2018
I promise I’m not trying to only cite people from CNN, but that’s just how crazy that network is.
As you can see, the story at the time that Trump was being a diva and didn’t like the rain because he’d melt or something. So he canceled the trip to stay within the protective confines of his hotel because he just hates veterans that much. This ridiculous narrative stayed in the news for almost a week, as hands were wrung and teeth gnashed.
Well, a big revelation just came out regarding what really happened and it comes in the form of a backfire on the part of Buzzfeed News.
You see, they made a FOIA request, no doubt trying to show Trump lied and instead they got a surprise.
NEW via my #FOIA from Dept of the Navy.
Remember last November when WH said Trump could not attend WW1 memorial at US cemetery in France due to rain?
Well, his transport really was canceled by the Navy due to rain.
— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) May 28, 2019
And thus another fake news hit job bites the dust. I’ve lost count at this point. Will Buzzfeed, CNN, and the multitude of other outlets that ran with the false story give a correction? Nah, they won’t. They’ll move onto the next faux outrage like they always do.
Being in the mainstream media means never having to say you are sorry.