USA Today‘s opinion division published possibly the second most notable op-ed to come out of President Donald Trump’s administration. But unlike the scandalous anonymous op-ed published in the New York Times earlier this year, this one is written by the president. Its allegiance to the truth reflects that.
In the op-ed, the president makes egregious claims regarding a Medicare for All proposal that has seen a huge wave of Democratic support over the last few years.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 10, 2018
The president says that Democrats are slashing Medicare by 800 billion dollars over the next ten years. The claim is false and, what’s more, Republicans are proposing further cuts to Medicare. The president also parrots false Republican talking points deployed as scare tactics to sow further opposition to the controversial issue of accessible healthcare.
It’s not unusual for Donald Trump to lie. In fact, many Americans have come to expect it. That may be why USA Today is receiving the brunt of the criticism against the op-ed.
Journalistic malpractice of the highest order. You are complicit, dangerous cowards for allowing this, and you all fucking know it.
— Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy) October 10, 2018
If USA Today was pitched an oped from any other columnists with this many outright falsehoods and exaggerations I think the editors there would have refused to run it. The president obviously gets some special consideration but where is the editorial line drawn?
— Sam Stein (@samstein) October 10, 2018
This is a lie.
The President is lying to the American people, and @usatodayopinion is printing those lies.
This is shameful and wrong.
— Little Lobbyists (@LittleLobbyists) October 10, 2018
This is a flat-out lie. The DOJ currently has a lawsuit that would eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions. It's shocking that USA Today would print this without any fact checking. https://t.co/urVQgnBsTD https://t.co/amDHiRmHck
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) October 10, 2018
Many saw the publication of the op-ed as dangerous in an era that frequently sees journalists and the institution of journalism itself ceaselessly under attack.
This is so incredibly sad. At a time when news is under attack @USATODAY prints a press release full of lies under the guise of an op-ed. Awful.
— Anne-Marie Dorning (@BostonAnnemarie) October 10, 2018
This piece is riddled with factual errors, mischaracterizations and outright lies.
— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) October 10, 2018
Thanks for spreading propaganda & nuking any credibility of journalism by providing this pathological liar an outlet to spread his lies. Even if it is just an oped piece.
— Aaron Troost ❄️️ (@Minnytrooster) October 10, 2018
Many believe that this op-ed is an attempt to affect the crucial 2018 midterms, now less than a month away.