Embark on a quest for truth in a biased time
New allegations linking Trump with Russia hold no basis in fake news. | Courtesy of Creative Commons
Every day, new articles come out accusing President Donald Trump of collusion with Russia. The diversity of these articles range anywhere from opinion pieces to attempts at objective reporting. Such stories are confusing to many who do not keep up with the news on a regular basis and annoying for those that do. On top of this, because of the numerous narratives surrounding any particular stories, there can be confusion surrounding who can be trusted. This uncertainty prevents many from understanding the objective facts of a story.
Opinion passed off as truth
In a time where opinion is passed off as truth and the facts are buried beneath a pile of headlines, it is important to understand the veracity of what is happening in our country and believe in truth despite how we may feel about it.
Over President Trump’s now almost two-year-long political career, numerous allegations have been held against him. Headlines such as CNN’s “Trump on Pace to Surpass 8 years of Obama’s Travel Spending in 1 year,” The New York Times’ “Hillary Clinton Says Russia Used Hacking to ‘To Great Effect’ in Her Defeat” and Politico’s article “The Definitive Guide to Trump’s Russia Ties” may appear to have something of substance against President Trump but, if examined closely, readers can see this is far from the case.
Less than a month after Barack Obama first took office in 2009, he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a stimulus package that cost the country $831 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. The act aimed to keep unemployment from surpassing eight percent of the estimated working American population, but by October of that same year it had reached ten percent. Meanwhile in 2017, Trump has already spent above an estimated 20 million, according to The Hill, on trips to Mar-a-lago, his home away from home where he goes golfing and hosts foreign powers such as the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Chinese President Xi. Not only has he spent less overall, but has also used his “Winter White House” as essentially a meeting place that is more pleasant than, say, the center of Washington D.C.
once again tossed in the air
In the New York Times article, Russians’ allegations are once again tossed in the air. From first glance it seems like Hillary Clinton might be right that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election, but this is false. The fact remains that no matter how many times Hillary Clinton, minority leader Nancy Pelosi and California Representative Maxine Waters decide to cry Russia, the facts still remain. Little evidence has been found that supports the idea that Russia influenced the election. This comes from numerous sources including James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence under Obama and a joint analysis report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security.
These are the facts associated with the Russia-Trump conspiracy repeatedly brought up by leftists. Politico’s article speaks for itself. As Trump continues to run the executive branch, he will continue to thwart attempts aimed at the defamation of his character through actions or words. The recent attack on Syria, an ally closely associated with Russia, proves Trump is not buddy-buddy with Putin. Despite this overwhelming amount of evidence, one can expect fake news to attempt to continue this false narrative in the months to come.