Fox News hosts, anchors and other news producers are using the “fake news” moniker to try to sell their content to advertisers.
In the past, those who had been critical of President Trump, including MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, were dubbed “fake” and their stories and interviews were “dishonest” in the mainstream media.
The “fake media” label has since become a catchphrase for conservative media outlets to use to discredit any news that doesn’t align with their preferred political narrative.
Now, with the election looming, conservative media personalities and their outlets are also using the label to defend the Republican Party and President Donald Trump’s agenda.
And some are using it to discredit journalists and journalists who criticize the President and his administration.
“The word ‘fake’ is not neutral in the world of media.
You’re either for Trump or against him,” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said Monday.
“That’s how the word is going to be used to describe you if you’re in the ‘fake media,'” he added.
“I’m sure there are plenty of people who would love to tell you the truth and they’d like to say it.
But there are people who are trying to find a way to attack you and your integrity.”
Scarborough said he used the word “fakenews” in his interview with the Washington Post’s Michael Isikoff last week.
“You can’t put the word ‘faking’ in quotation marks,” Scarborough said.
“This is not a way of saying we’re not going to do what you want us to do.
We’re going to go along with the agenda of the Trump administration.”
Scarborough added that Trump and his staff have tried to make the “Fake News” label as “anti-intellectual” as possible.
“People are calling you fake news, and you’re being called fake news,” Scarborough told Isikoffs.
“But we’re being told to stop.
I mean, this is not going away.
You can’t stop this.
You’ve got to fight it.
The people who make this label are being disingenuous and you can’t be taken seriously if you are being taken seriously.”
In the last few weeks, conservative news outlets like the Weekly Standard and American Thinker have used the “faking” label to justify their reporting of stories that have been critical to Trump.
Isikhoff asked Scarborough if he believes the Trump Administration is “in the pocket of the Russian government” in its effort to influence the election.
Scarborough said: “Well, I think you know, I’m very familiar with Russia.
You know, Putin is a guy who has been involved in a lot of things that are very shady and illegal.”
Scarborough also pointed out that the media has used the phrase “fake, fake, fake” in some of their stories, which have been criticized for being too accurate.
Scarborough, who has defended Trump’s travel ban, said: I’m for keeping everybody safe.
And I would say that, you know?
There’s nothing that could be more dangerous than people who don’t believe what we tell them.
“And I think it’s important to say that in a way that’s not so inflammatory that people don’t have to hear it.
So if you read the article and you see something that says ‘fake,’ it’s just a word that is a reference to something, and I think that’s important.”
Scarborough, the host of “Morning Joe,” has also been critical.
He has said that Trump is “a real dictator” who has put the country “in grave danger” by attempting to remove the travel ban.
Scarborough told The Hill’s Sarah Binder that he does not believe Trump’s administration has been “honest” and that Trump “isn’t trying to do anything that is going anywhere.”
He also said that the President is “not doing anything to help us in any way.”
Scarborough was one of the first news personalities to call out Trump after his election win.
In a January 2017 interview with “CBS This Morning,” Scarborough argued that the election results had been “rigged” in favor of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Scarborough later tweeted that he believed Trump had “been bought and sold” by Russia.
“There’s no question he’s been bought and paid for,” Scarborough tweeted.
“He’s been sold to Russia.
If you watch what he did after his win, you’d know what I’m talking about.”
In a tweet last month, Scarborough called Trump a “narcissist” and said that he and his network had “nothing to hide.”
Scarborough’s comments on “Morning Machine” were widely shared by conservative outlets like Breitbart News, which also called out Scarborough for using the term “fake.”
On Monday, The Daily Caller published an article by conservative writer Jim Hoft titled “Donald Trump, Joe Scarborough: You Are a Narcissist.”
Hoft wrote that Trump had spent decades working against “liberal elites” and the