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I read down the list of headlines on the newspaper’s website until I came to one that read: Trump’s inaugural address echoes anti-Semitic isolationists and a Batman villain.

Fact, I wondered. Or opinion?

According to the newspaper it was fact. Hard news. When Donald Trump said his inauguration was about taking power away from Washington Politicians and giving it back to the people he was echoing words of the villain in The Dark Knight Rises.

Even worse, when Trump said “America First” he was repeating the words of an anti-Semitic group that, before Pearl Harbor, opposed the U.S. entering World War II.

Those two ‘facts’ didn’t sail onto the internet from an obscure political website, masquerading as news – they were published as real news by a media company that owns newspapers across the nation, including the two biggest papers in NC.

There are many reasons to criticize Donald Trump but turning him into a villain from a Batman movie and calling it ‘news’ – who gains from that? The only answer I can come up with is it happens so a newspaper can get more ‘clicks’ from hyper-stressed anti-Trump activists –and sell more ads on its website. 

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