The Washington Post appeared to deliberately malign President Donald Trump with a headline that was deceptively missing some key details.
In a story published Tuesday, the Post’s headline blared: “President Trump installed a room-sized golf simulator at White House.”
President Trump recently installed a room-sized, state-of-the-art golf simulator at the White House. Latest w/@Fahrenthold: https://t.co/Bn5JihUqLi
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 13, 2019
But the report that followed revealed some important context.
While it is true that the president enjoys virtual games of golf on the room-sized “golf simulator,” playing at courses all over the world, some relevant details were only shared once readers got past the headline and first paragraph. It turns out, Trump actually replaced an existing, “less sophisticated” simulator game that had been installed by his predecessor, former President Obama.
Furthermore, the cost of the $50,000 update was reportedly paid for by Trump personally.
But the article went on to paint a picture of Trump enjoying a lot of “executive time” in his schedule, allowing him to watch television and, presumably, to play virtual golf.
According to the Post:
President Trump has built his schedules around long blocks of “executive time” — unstructured periods in the day where the president’s schedules show no official meetings. He often spends this time watching TV, tweeting, holding impromptu meetings and making phone calls, aides have said.
Citing a report by Axios, the Post reported that 60 percent of his scheduled hours make up for Trump’s “Executive Time.” However, the publication then noted that the president “has not used his new golf simulator during executive time — or at all since it was put in.”
Twitter users weighed in on the crafty way The Washington Post presented the non-story.
I’m seeing a ton of people using this to dunk on Trump, but it’s worth pointing out a key line in the article that most people won’t even click on:
“That system replaced an older, less sophisticated golf simulator that had been installed under President Obama…” https://t.co/XBKsnatPJ2
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) February 13, 2019
Go beyond slanted headlines and read the article.
— Greg“Smirk This” F. 😏😏😏Learn to code!! (@straytski) February 13, 2019
And the fact that he paid for it HIMSELF.
— Teresa🇺🇸 (@SouthTexasSalt) February 13, 2019
Read the article. Getting news from headlines is what they want you to do. It’s misleading.
— ray7222 (@ray2272) February 13, 2019
So. Obama built a basketball court, IKE put in a putting green and Nixon a bowling lane.
— NJ Esquire (@ConservEsq) February 13, 2019
Alternate headline: President Trump Personally Pays to Upgrade White House Golf Simulator Installed during Obama Presidency.
(have no stance here, just seeking truth!)
— Parth Patel (@ParthPateI) February 13, 2019
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