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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Trump Calls Out Time Magazine for Fake News Story About Removing MLK
Bust from Oval Office
Trump Calls Out Time Magazine for Fake News Story About Removing MLK Bust from Oval Office
The Stream - Sunday January 22, 2017
by Saagar Enjeti
President Donald Trump went after a Time Magazine reporter for spreading a rumor that the Martin Luther King Jr. bust had been removed from the Oval Office.
Trump said the reporter, Zeke Miller, couldn't see the bust because a camera man was standing in front of it and immediately assumed it had been removed. Speaking from CIA headquarters Saturday, Trump admonished the media for initially running with the story before issuing a retraction that he said did not get as much attention as the original story.
He added that he did return a bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office because he admires Churchill, and confirmed that British Prime Minister Theresa May would visit the U.S. at the end of the week.
Trump also took umbrage at the media's frequent comparisons of his inaugural crowd to that of President Barack Obama's 2009 address.
After Trump declared that "the media are the most dishonest human beings on earth," he was met with cheers and applause.
Miller apologized for spreading the false news about the MLK bust late Friday night in a series of tweets:
Correction: The MLK bust is still in the Oval Office. It was obscured by an agent and door.
Miller was scolded by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who tweeted a photo of the bust inside the Oval Office, along with an admonishment of the media's frequent tweeting of stories before verifying facts.