Yikes: What do we do when ‘pro-Trump trolls’ keep breaking legitimate news?

Yikes: What do we do when ‘pro-Trump trolls’ keep breaking legitimate news?
(Image: Screen grab of CBS video via BuzzFeed)

[Ed. – Stop calling them bad names and trying to defame them?  Naahh.  What am  thinking?  Look, I think Cernovich over-speculates and uses bad assumptions sometimes.  But guess what?  The MSM CONSTANTLY use bad or even deceitful assumptions, without clarifying that working from tendentious, unproven assumptions is what they’re doing.]

Last March, in a 60 Minutes segment on fake news, CBS’s Scott Pelley introduced a vast new audience to Mike Cernovich, touting the pro-Trump blogger and self-help author as a troll “who has become a magnet for readers with a taste for stories with no basis in fact.” For viewers at home, it was a reassuring characterization: Cernovich, who championed rumors of Hillary Clinton’s poor health during the final months of the election, was a troll masquerading as a journalist — fake news through and through.

But the early months of the Trump administration have proven Pelley wrong; certainly, they’ve complicated the once-black-and-white characterization of the pro-Trump media as purveyors of fake news. In recent weeks especially, the pro-Trump media has frequently seized control of the political news cycle via an unexpected tactic: real, and at times, well-sourced reporting.

Since April, Cernovich has broken a number of significant national security stories, many of which have been subsequently confirmed — at least in part — by mainstream outlets. In early April, he correctly reported that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice had requested to unmask the identities of Trump associates. Days later, Cernovich tweeted, “Breaking news! Possible air strikes by the U.S. in Syria tonight” just 30 minutes before President Trump authorized the evening’s attack. He followed that up with another story that the national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, had drawn up a potential plan to bring ground troops into Syria. A number of details in the story were confirmed days later by Bloomberg.

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