Trump Says NBC is Putting Out ‘Fake News’ Over Job Creation… But What’s He Really Upset Over?


On Wednesday morning, President Elect Donald Trump directed his Twitter rage at NBC News while watching “The Today Show.” What drew his ire this time? A “Today’s Fact Check” segment disputed his claims that he was responsible for General Motors and others bringing new jobs to the United States:

The “Today” segment wasn’t particularly rough. The basic thesis was that Trump will use correlation to prove causation even if the link isn’t there. GM, for example, announced 7,000 new American jobs on Tuesday, two days after Trump tweeted that car companies need to manufacture in the United States to sell vehicles here. On “Today,” MSNBC’s Ari Melber explained (transcription h/t to Tommy Christopher at Shareblue) that “The reality […] is that GM has said this is not a response to Donald Trump. It is part of a four-year efficiency plan which included a larger number, $2.9 billion, in investments last year.” He added that “Companies are willing to deal with this as a PR issue” by announcing that “they are accelerating, or reacting, or rolling out announcements in order to try to avoid any bad, basically Twitter attention from Donald Trump.”

If one to guess what set Trump off, though, this exchange between Melber and host Matt Lauer seems like a good bet (emphasis ours)

LAUER: So let’s go back to where we started. If you had to rate the president-elect’s impact on job creation or job preservation over the course of this two-month transition, how would you rate it?

MELBER: According to the companies we hear from, it is very small or non-existent. There is a fantasy football aura to all this, because Donald Trump is saying things on the Internet, and then when companies do things, he’ll selectively respond to it. Another important point here is these companies have a legal obligation to basically pursue what they call “shareholder value.” They cannot just respond to a politician, even the president, and put some sort of political or PR messaging above the legal obligation they owe to their shareholders to do what they think is best in the long-term interests. Another point, Matt, as you know, many of these companies stress their investment decisions are months, if not years, in the making. They are not responses to a couple of days of internet attention.

[Photo: ABC News screen grab]

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