Over Easter weekend, pollster Matt McDermott of Whitman Insight Strategies, tweeted a statement that sought to contrast the religious practices of President Donald Trump with predecessor Barack Obama. Illustrating his point with several photos, McDermott wrote that while Obama attended church on Easter, Trump supposedly has not darkened the door of a church since his inauguration. McDermott wrote: “The Obama's spent every Easter attending church service. Trump hasn't attended church once since his inauguration. Where's the GOP outrage?”

Since Easter Sunday, McDermott’s tweet received over 70,000 likes and more than 34,000 retweets. However, the tweet is inaccurate. This was noted by CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski, who noted that Trump attended Christian services in Palm Beach on Easter Sunday at the Episcopal parish of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. While McDermott has pointed out that his tweet was published before Trump went to church, Kaczynski has argued that allowing the inaccurate tweet to continue on the net would be irresponsible. Another prominent journalist who called for deleting the tweet is Glenn Greenwald. He tweeted, “Re-tweeted 31,000 times - liked 61,000 times - and counting. And he refuses to delete it.” Some social media users are asking whether Twitter will follow the example set by Facebook and slam “fake news.”

 

 

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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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