Seth Meyers Perfectly Nails the Whole Problem With the Term 'Fake News'
Seth Meyers' "A Closer Look" now has a shorter version aptly titled "A Couple Things." Following the tailspin of Trump's press conference, the "Late Night" host remained critical of fake news and how the President-elect, in his own way, perpetuates it.
"There have been several contradictory and unverified reports about Donald Trump's relationship with Russia," Meyers said. He then went through a rundown of how different publishers covered the findings.
"Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him," CNN reported.
However, according to NBC, "Donald Trump Wasn’t Told About Unverified Russia Memo."
"Now, Buzzfeed also reported on this story, but handled it very differently, publishing the 35-page dossier, that detailed the unverified allegations," Meyers noted, adding that the allegations lacked a shread of evidence.
"Look, nobody wants to believe Trump paid Russian hookers to pee all over a bed more than I do, but there is zero proof that happened," he explained. "Plus, I find it hard to believe Trump actually paid somebody for services rendered."
Meyers then pointed out that even if Russian operatives did claim to have compromising information on Trump, they're definitely not the only ones.
"You know who else does?" he asked. "All of us. For example, while everyone was talking about these wild claims today, Trump was announcing that he will not divest from his business empire and admitting that a foreign entity offered him a massive amount of money just this weekend."
But instead of focusing on how Trump narrowly avoided impeachable offenses, the media ate up Trump's dismissal of CNN as "fake news."
"You are 'fake news'," Trump told Jim Acosta, Senior White House Correspondent for CNN when, at the press conference, he attempted to ask Trump a question.
“Despite an incredibly short run, I think it is time to retire that term,” remarked Meyers. "It used to mean one thing, but now everyone is using it for everything. 'Fake news' as a term is busted."
Lastly, Meyers couldn't help but pile on a couple more ironies.
"Trump built his political career spreading [birtherism], a false and outrageous claim about President Obama" and has openly admitted he "only knows what's on the internet."