President Donald Trump talks about fake news – a lot. In fact, one could argue that it’s been one of the hottest topics since he took office.
He regularly rails against fake news from his Twitter account and even mentioned it Friday during his news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
So, for as much as he rails against it, you’d think his administration would be more careful with the news they share and promote. In February, President Trump was called out for a sharing a fabricated news story from his Facebook page. Then, just this week, the Trump administration reportedly shared another news story that was written as satire.
According to the Daily Beast, a newsletter sent out by the Trump administration featured the story by Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri, which was headlined, “Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why.”
The column was very clearly labeled ComPost – so it’s unclear how the Trump administration staff took the article, which featured lines like “AMERICA WILL BE STRONGER THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN!” (her emphasis) – seriously.
Petri issued a comment to the Daily Beast, telling the publication, “I am honored to finally be real, true news, which is all I’ve ever striven for.”
She added: “It goes to show that as long as you confirm what the Trump White House wants to believe, you too can be cited in an email—and you can even work for the mainstream media and do it!”
The columnist concluded her correspondence with the publication by saying that she “can’t stop laughing.”
Petri also wrote a follow-up story for The Washington Post. In that story, titled, “How the White House made me Real News,” she came to the conclusion that either White House officials “read it and loved it, especially the part where I wrote that all schoolchildren will be taught by an F-35 in a Make America Great Again hat, or they … did not read it, but liked the headline.”
The White House has yet to comment on the presumed mistake.