A political scientist and author, a man who is a contributor to Time and has almost half a million Twitter followers, fabricated a quote about Joe, which he attributed to President Trump. Guess what happened next.
If you guessed “Democrats, journalists, #Resistance Twitter, and so on Tweeted it and treated it as true,” then ding-ding-ding, you win. Because that is indeed what happened.
The quote, which one can admit is sort of plausible as Trumpism, was “Kim Jong Un is smarter and would make a better President than Sleep Joe Biden.”
It really caught on, as you can see by the retweets. And although that above number does not include people who “quote retweeted” it, there were plenty. Including Congressman Ted Lieu and CNN contributor Ana Navarro.
Not everyone fell for it, of course. Not in this day and age.
But it was fake, of course. And that eventually came out.
And once the truth was out, Bremmer suffered the wrath of the mob something fierce. Here are just two examples. There were many, many more.
The lesson here is not the one Bremmer intended, though it’s close. He seems to think he taught everyone how plausible his fake quote is. But in reality, what he instructed was “Don’t trust Ian Bremmer.
And it’s a great lesson in letting hate and confirmation bias make you a fool. Journalists have fallen for fake news about Trump time and time and time and time again. When, if ever, will they finally look in the mirror and ask “am I not as objective as I think I am?”