In my speech last month about fake news (read the whole thing here), one of the things I said was:
Instead of hearing what Van Jones or Jeffrey Lord think about the “Breaking News” story of the day — and when I’m in charge, I’m banning the use of that banner headline on television, since most of the “Breaking News” actually broke hours ago or doesn’t deserve that moniker in the first place — I’d rather hear a reporter going more in-depth with his or her questions, pressing for specifics. What ever happened to who, what, when, where, why, and how? For instance, when Trump says, “I’m hearing…” or “People are saying…” stop him and ask, “Who are you hearing that from? Give me some names.” If he won’t, then dismiss his claims as fake,
I wish some reporter had invoked that yesterday during Trump’s outrageous press conference, in which he claimed some “very fine people” were among the tiki-torch-bearing protestors in Charlottesville. It’s a simple question:
“Mr. President, can you name any of the very fine people you claim were in the midst of the Nazis, klansmen, racists, anti-Semites, and other white supremacists? Since you claim you never make any statements without knowing all the facts, can you give us those details? And while we’re at it, how does your know-the-facts-first claim jibe with your insistence for several years that Barack Obama was not born in America?”
Sometimes, you just have to call someone out on their bullshit to their face.