A photoshopped newspaper front page has been shared by Donald Trump's campaign communications director before being revealed as a fake.
A photoshopped newspaper front page has been shared by Donald Trump's campaign communications director before being revealed as a fake.

Bizarre doctored image stunt exposed

An attempt by Donald Trump's campaign team to smear the "lamestream media" hit a snag this morning when spokesman Tim Murtaugh published a tweet he said showed exactly why broadcasters "doesn't select the President".

Tim Murtaugh shared a picture from the kitchen at "Team Trump HQ" of a Washington Times front page from November 8, 2000 with the headline "PRESIDENT GORE" and the declaration that "Florida pushes Gore over the top with bare majority".

It was supposed to be proof that the media gets it wrong - because George W Bush actually won the election and the state of Florida after just 537 ballots separated the pair.

"A reminder that the media doesn't select the President," Murtaugh wrote.

But the newspaper front page which he shared - and which had been plastered on the walls of Team Trump HQ - was itself fake news.

The actual front page.
The actual front page.

In a spectacular own goal for the Trump team, Murtaugh hurriedly deleted the tweet but not before the damage had been done.

The Washington Times shared Murtaugh's now-deleted tweet, correcting the record.

"Those photos have been doctored," they wrote on Twitter. "The Washington Times never ran a 'President Gore' headline.

"We also wish to add that Mr Murtaugh has been officially notified via email about this error."

The pile-on was immediate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump himself continued his attack on the media this morning, tweeting: "Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be? We have all learned a lot in the last two weeks!"

He also continues to refuse to concede defeat to President-elect Joe Biden who was declared the winner on Sunday.

"I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT," he tweeted yesterday in all caps.

Trump tweeted quotes from guests on Fox News morning programs to bolster his baseless claims that the election result was fraudulent.

"We believe these people are thieves. The big city machines are corrupt. This was a stolen election. Best pollster in Britain wrote this morning that this clearly was a stolen election, that it's impossible to imagine that Biden outran Obama in some of these states," former Republican politician Newt Gingrich said, in one statement repeated approvingly by the President.

"Where it mattered, they stole what they had to steal."

A photoshopped front page.
A photoshopped front page.

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