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    People rightly despise the media – Tillerson “Eye Contact” Edition

    People rightly despise the media – Tillerson “Eye Contact” Edition

    Another reason trust in the media is at an all-time low.

    The Washington Post ran a story last night continuing the media effort to brand everyone in the Trump administration to be incompetent at best, and creepy to boot.

    This time the target was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

    In the article, based entirely on supposed anonymous sources, WaPo asserted that Tillerson is so weird he doesn’t even let career diplomats make eye contact with him, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spends his first weeks isolated from an anxious bureaucracy (emphasis added):

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson takes a private elevator to his palatial office on the seventh floor of the State Department building, where sightings of him are rare on the floors below.

    On many days, he blocks out several hours on his schedule as “reading time,” when he is cloistered in his office poring over the memos he prefers ahead of in-person meetings.

    Most of his interactions are with an insular circle of political aides who are new to the State Department. Many career diplomats say they still have not met him, and some have been instructed not to speak to him directly — or even make eye contact.

    While there were many people who immediately called bullshit on that claim, WaPo weaponized the remainder of the media and social media to create the impression of Tillerson as having a defective personality.

     

    Huffington Post noted that Twitter went wild with the claim:

    But that little tidbit caused Tillerson’s name to trend on Twitter late Thursday with more than 20,000 tweets weighing in, and many were wondering just what was up with America’s top diplomat.

     

    Not addressed, of course, is how Tillerson managed to rise to run one of the largest multinational corporations in the world if he is so insulated from those who work for him.

    One of the most important voices disputing this account was the Associated Press diplomatic correspondent, who tweeted not only that it was not true, but that he knew it was not true because he knows people at State who were hired prior to 2009. Get it — the AP diplomatic correspondent suggested that Obama hires were behind the rumors spread to WaPo.

    https://twitter.com/APDiploWriter/status/847656567180636160

    https://twitter.com/APDiploWriter/status/847659873101676545

    https://twitter.com/APDiploWriter/status/847664639089426432

    None of this has stopped the spread of the original false story. As of two hours ago The Hill was still tweeting the headline:

    https://twitter.com/thehill/status/847829870294052868

    Compare how viral tweets repeating the WaPo claim have gone, compared with the push back by the AP diplomatic correspondent.

    https://twitter.com/JasonKander/status/847634997318107136

     

    For WaPo, which makes no bones about its hatred of the Trump administration, it’s mission accomplished. They have created a meme that will live on.

    It also explains why trust in the media is at an all-time low.

     

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    Common Sense | March 31, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    It’s the Washington Post who have declared war on anything related to the Trump administration! HACKS the entire bunch!

    Take a look at Tillerson’s speech on his first day at State.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTDP1mbr89o

    Hardly the devil as describe by the post.
    I am so sick of the hacks that work there.


     
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    tyates | March 31, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    This is an awesome rumor and we should take it to the next level. In the next meeting with his counterpart in Mexico, Tillerson should just stand there and glare at him. Then when the guy asks “what are you doing?” he replies “Stealing Your SOUL!!!”

    Anymore when I’m on a site arguing over politics and someone uses wapo as a resource I just reply with Fake News. Didn’t Prof just have another story last week on one of their fake stories? There is no such thing as a reporter at wapo, it’s all supermarket tabloid trash there.

    Lie to millions
    Apologize to dozens
    Claim neutrality

    That’s the media today.

    “Trust in media at an all time low.”

    How can you go lower than zero?


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