It’s hilarious to see how the media went from bemoaning the supposed epidemic of fake news, while having no problem promoting fake stories, so long as they have an anti-Trump slant.Daniel Payne of The Federalist put together a list of 16 fake news stories that the mainstream media has run with since the election – and that’s likely just the tip of the iceberg.
The latest fake story isn’t about The Donald himself, but his father. Below is an ad that was allegedly put out by Fred Trump, the president’s late father, in 1969.
Hillary Clinton confidante Sid Blumenthal cited the ad in a recent op-ed, writing “In 1969, Fred Trump plotted to run for mayor of New York against John Lindsay, a silk-stocking liberal Republican. The reason was simple: in the wake of a New York State Investigations Commission inquiry that uncovered Fred’s over-billing scams, the Lindsay administration had deprived him of a development deal at Coney Island. He made two test television commercials. One of them, called ‘Dope Man’, featured a drug-addled black youth wandering the streets. ‘With four more years of John Lindsay,’ the narrator intoned, ‘he will be coming to your neighborhood soon.’ The ad flashed to the anxious faces of two well-dressed white women. ‘Vote for Fred Trump. He’s for us.’ The other commercial, ‘Real New Yorkers’, showed scenes of ‘real’ people from across the city, all of them white. Fred Trump, the narrator said, ‘is a real New Yorker too’. In the end he didn’t run, but his campaign themes were bequeathed to his son.”
One is left to wonder how Donald Trump’s father could ever put out such an ad – not because of the racial undertones – but because he never ran for office.
Careful, folks. There's no record of a Fred Trump mayoral exploration in the NY Daily News archive and the video's provenance is unproven. https://t.co/YCTunFxFWG— Alyssa Katz (@alykatzz) February 10, 2017
The ad, claimed to be from 1969, was in fact created in 2016. The footage in question was taken from a 1969 film about drug addiction, and the hoaxer merely did a voiceover while adding “Paid for by the Committee to Elect Frederick C. Trump” at the end.
Per the Washington Examiner, Soon after Blumenthal’s essay appeared online this week, the videos he mentioned were widely shared on social media by reporters in various newsrooms. The Washington Post’s fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, was one of the first to circulate the videos on Twitter, and his note was shared by several of his colleagues.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]