The so-called mainstream media are constantly assaulting Donald Trump and his allies.
They refuse to let the duly-elected President of the United States govern the country.
Now one Trump appointee was forced to resign for an insane reason.
Department of Labor official Leif Olson was forced to resign after a hit piece from a journalist at Bloomberg Law labeled him an anti-Semite.
Ben Penn of Bloomberg Law dug up a three-year-old Facebook post from Olson that referred to Paul Nehlen, a political figure known for his anti-Semitic views.
Olson’s post sarcastically pointed out Nehlen’s failed primary challenge against former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in Wisconsin.
Nehlen lost by an embarrassing 68-point spread, and Olson took to Facebook to mock him, mimicking the voice of a Nehlen supporter.
However, Penn purposefully took Olson’s comments out of context.
Before sending them to the Department of Labor, Penn cut out parts of Olson’s post where he had made it clear his remarks were clearly sarcastic.
The fake news Bloomberg reporter later revealed his true motivations for the hit piece when he tweeted that his goal was to stop the Trump Department from pushing policies opposed by Big Labor.
Lost in all of this is that Olson was part of a team of political appointees tasked with the heavy lift of drafting wage-hour regulations that are high priorities for Trump White House, business community. They’re now down one adviser. https://t.co/PZbIScDHqe
— Ben Penn (@benjaminpenn) September 3, 2019
Penn’s hit piece was so bad, even Jonathan Chait, an ardent critic of Donald Trump, tweeted in defense of Olson.
And Chait’s Trump Derangement Syndrome runs deep – he was the journalist who suggested Trump had been a Russian asset since the 1980s.
So if even he’s defending the administration, it’s pretty obvious the hit piece on Olson was wildly misguided.
But the broader implications of this story is that the liberal media doesn’t need the truth to damage people’s lives.
Olson was brought down by fake news.
The media is all too eager to dig through people’s pasts and find anything even mildly objectionable to use as a cudgel.
Liberal organizations like Media Matters have been doing it for years.
However, when a group of conservatives threaten to use the same tactic against the left, they go crazy.
The New York Times wrote a piece whining about these tactics and had employees scrub their social media histories.
This is the society liberals have created.
They’re willing to destroy people over old comments, even if the context in which they’re used makes the exact opposite point.
And there’s no redemption after that. An apology only emboldens the mob.
Making matters worse, the liberal media either won’t print retractions when they make mistakes, or they’ll stealth-edit stories months later.
The Washington Post has been caught stealth-editing stories to paper over their bad journalism.
Also, these journalists know that the initial outrage is what will garner all the traffic.
People rarely follow up to get the true story, so the initial fake news is what stays.
The horrific coverage of the Covington Catholic High School kids is a perfect example.
If the entire ordeal hadn’t been caught on video, the students reputations would’ve been destroyed forever.
Even when video evidence proved they didn’t approach or harass anyone, the media tried to hold the narrative that the kids were racist.
But this approach is beginning to weaken their credulity—and strengthen the claim that they really are the enemy of the American people.