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Fake News? Trump Launches 'Real News' Series

Fake News? Trump Launches 'Real News' Series

"Join Kayleigh McEnany as she provides you the news of the week from Trump Tower in NY!"

Kayleigh McEnany has spent most of the Trump presidency lending credence to the mogul's claim that CNN is "fake news".

Former CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany announced her departure Saturday and turned up Sunday delivering a "real news" broadcast from Trump Tower that leaves out the most momentous developments of a dramatic week. Now, instead of playing the role of pro-Trump propagandist on a cable news network, she's playing a cable news anchor in pro-Trump propaganda.

McEnany also mentioned Monday's Medal of Honor ceremony, during which Trump honored Vietnam War hero James McCloughan, and other actions she said Trump has taken to reform the veterans healthcare system.

After rattling off positive economic indicators, including the unemployment rate and consumer confidence levels, McEnany, in her "news" video, "reports" that "President Trump has clearly steered the economy back in the right direction". "Her wealth of experience will be invaluable to the RNC as we continue to support President Trump and build our majorities in Congress headed into 2018".

Defenders: In the comments, one sentiment is familiar among supporters: Because of media bias, "it is sad but necessary to have to broadcast President Trump's achievements in this manner", wrote one supporter. A source said she asked to be let out of her contract, and appeared in her first "News of the Week" video a day later. The first video was hosted by Lara Trump, wife of Eric Trump, according to CNN.

Colbert: After Lara Trump's effort, Colbert labeled the video series "state-sponsored propaganda", reports Time.

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul nevertheless said the video was reminiscent of state-owned media.

My hunch is that it's a byproduct of Trump's complaints about "fake news".

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