Bizarre doctored image stunt exposed
An attempt by Donald Trump's campaign team to smear the "lamestream media" hit a snag this morning when spokesman Tim Murtaugh published a tweet he said showed exactly why broadcasters "doesn't select the President".
Tim Murtaugh shared a picture from the kitchen at "Team Trump HQ" of a Washington Times front page from November 8, 2000 with the headline "PRESIDENT GORE" and the declaration that "Florida pushes Gore over the top with bare majority".
It was supposed to be proof that the media gets it wrong - because George W Bush actually won the election and the state of Florida after just 537 ballots separated the pair.
"A reminder that the media doesn't select the President," Murtaugh wrote.
But the newspaper front page which he shared - and which had been plastered on the walls of Team Trump HQ - was itself fake news.
In a spectacular own goal for the Trump team, Murtaugh hurriedly deleted the tweet but not before the damage had been done.
The Washington Times shared Murtaugh's now-deleted tweet, correcting the record.
"Those photos have been doctored," they wrote on Twitter. "The Washington Times never ran a 'President Gore' headline.
"We also wish to add that Mr Murtaugh has been officially notified via email about this error."
The pile-on was immediate.
So on-brand (and pathetic) for the Trump campaign to use a photoshopped image. Look closely, the article actually says Bush won. Here's the real cover --> pic.twitter.com/YQvcww9wrj https://t.co/ChVRxygAfa— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) November 8, 2020
Those photos have been doctored. The Washington Times never ran a "President Gore" headline.— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) November 8, 2020
1. Trump campaign finds a newspaper article saying Bush won in 2000— Sam Clench (@SamClench) November 8, 2020
2. Photoshops the headline to (wrongly) say Gore won instead
3. Prints out a bunch of copies and puts them up
4. Tweets out photo of the fake version to berate the media for being wrong
This is odd behaviour https://t.co/PPpVf4TVEf
It's hilarious that you're using literal "fake news" to try to fool the people working for you, but I suppose if they're working for you, they might be dumb enough to fall for it.https://t.co/DrovDSqb0y— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) November 8, 2020
Trump himself continued his attack on the media this morning, tweeting: "Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be? We have all learned a lot in the last two weeks!"
He also continues to refuse to concede defeat to President-elect Joe Biden who was declared the winner on Sunday.
"I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT," he tweeted yesterday in all caps.
Trump tweeted quotes from guests on Fox News morning programs to bolster his baseless claims that the election result was fraudulent.
"We believe these people are thieves. The big city machines are corrupt. This was a stolen election. Best pollster in Britain wrote this morning that this clearly was a stolen election, that it's impossible to imagine that Biden outran Obama in some of these states," former Republican politician Newt Gingrich said, in one statement repeated approvingly by the President.
"Where it mattered, they stole what they had to steal."