Washington Post (WaPo) has reportedly crossed the line to the world of fake news. In a completely made up story, WaPo attacked the President’s budget, and ended the false news with a little disclaimer.
Reports say the online news network published an imaginary story, made up by Washington Post reporter Philip Bump. The story, which was posted Thursday, was supposed to be related to the outcome of Trump’s budget.
However, there were no true facts in the article, according to a BizPac Review report. Instead, it was supposedly filled with fake narrative.
In this fictitious news report, Bump blames President Trump for pretty much everything that’s wrong in the life of one poor American. Yet, this American doesn’t actually exist.
In the fictitious world dreamed up by WaPo reporter Philip Bump, Trump’s budget is to blame for basically everything wrong in the life of a poor (non-existent) American, including but not limited to: a cold house with bad insulation, unaffordable housing, a child’s asthma problem, bad schools and the end of field trips.
The news story is preceded by an incredible disclaimer noting it’s a “worst-case scenario” that is completely made up: “President Trump introduced a 2018 budget proposal Thursday that includes significant cuts to programs meant to bolster lower-income Americans. Below, we imagine a worst-case scenario for one such family, living in southwestern Pennsylvania.”
“The first thing you notice when you wake up is that it’s cold,” the imaginary tale begins. It’s unseasonably cold for March, sure, but it’s also colder in the house than it should be. The winter was long and heating oil is expensive — and although the government used to provide assistance with the heating bills, that support ended …”
Perhaps Bump is taking a page from New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof, who once made up an interview with an imaginary Trump supporter and published the tale. “So let me engage a (imaginary) Trump voter,” Kristof wrote in the piece, apparently unwilling or unable to find one of the tens of millions of Trump supporters to interview.