Here’s how you make some fake news:
Take a long-dead tyrant, find a family member who loved their tyrant father, and start asking them questions.
The tyrant is Saddam Hussein and his daughter, 48-year-old Ragdad, was interviewed in hushed tones for CNN.
They asked her about that moment when her father was taken away, the hood was placed over his neck and he was hung.
“I never saw that moment and I refuse to see it,” Raghad said. “The details of his death are ugly and painful — but it’s an honorable death,” Raghad said by phone from the Jordanian capital, where she sought refuge after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
She said his death – the honorable way he died – brought “pride” to her heart.
Ragdad blames the United States for the chaos that followed after the death of her father, so she has few kind words for both presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
So this is where the fake news comes in: Ragdad is a nobody. She’s the daughter of a tyrant who is in hiding, afraid for her life. Her political opinion is as meaningless and clouded by nonsense as anyone.
So when the CNN interviewer asked her about Donald Trump, she basically said she hoped he would be different.
“This man has just arrived to the leadership… But from what is apparent, this man has a high level of political sensibility, that is vastly different than the one who preceded him,” she told CNN. “He exposed the mistakes of the others, specifically in terms of Iraq, which means he is very aware of the mistakes made in Iraq and what happened to my father.”
That’s it. That’s all she said. She hopes Trump is different than the last two presidents. That he learns from their mistakes. That he seems to have a “high level of political sensibility.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement, just a hope that the new president wouldn’t be like the other two who tried to kill her father.
Her opinions on the Trump presidency carry about as much weight as the parents of Anders Breivik in Norway, the man who slaughtered 77 children. Who cares.
Well, CNN cares. CNN is going to frame this as if Trump cozies up to tyrants. That he has the endorsement of an evil family.
The narrative in the mainstream media will be set that Trump – as president – will be a friend to dictators and thugs around the world.
And it will spread – you watch.
All based on this one sad woman’s hope that Trump has more political wisdom than Bush or Obama.