Twitter users were all over Fox News with “fake news” claims after the network sent a “news alert” on Twitter stating Donald Trump spent the weekend working at the White House when news reports suggest he traveled to his Virginia golf course on Saturday and Sunday.
The tweet didn’t include a link or a story, just a photo of the White House and a tag for the official @POTUS Twitter handle.
Twitter users, especially journalists, were a bit befuddled by the news alert claiming “@POTUS spending weekend working at the White House.”
According to multiple news reports, Trump had left the White House on Saturday and took meetings at the Trump National Golf Course in Sterling, Virginia, just outside the nation’s capital.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 26, 2017
And he was there again on Sunday, according to reporters, for a few more meetings, staying about an hour.
What’s more, people at the golf course shared photos on Instagram and Twitter claiming they saw Trump at the course and wearing cleats, casting further shade on Fox’s report.
1.) This is not newsworthy.
2.) This is flatly false.
3.) This is what propaganda looks like. https://t.co/M2Hn8x1dcp
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) March 26, 2017
Someone just posted this on Instagram from Trump's golf club. POTUS appears to be watching Golf Channel with 2 other people. pic.twitter.com/5LpVRHR1Do
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 26, 2017
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) March 26, 2017
Pool was told Trump was in meetings at Trump National this afternoon. This Instagram photo posted from the course says otherwise pic.twitter.com/WMudqofGmO
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 25, 2017
It didn’t take long for Twitter to descend on Fox, whose on-air opinionators and pundits, such as Sean Hannity, have backed Trump on his many assertions that outlets he doesn’t agree with are “fake news.”
(By contrast, Fox News anchors such as Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace have publicly rebuked Trump for his attacks on journalists.)
Replies to the tweet filled with sarcasm and quite a few “fixes” to make it more accurate.
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) March 26, 2017
— david nuzzy nussbaum (@theNuzzy) March 26, 2017
BREAKING NEWS. President does his job at his taxpayer provided place of work. https://t.co/IgJy3pltdb
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) March 26, 2017
— Elle Ware (@LeftofWherever) March 26, 2017
— Agent J ????✌???? (@JRemySmith) March 26, 2017
— Alex Kane ????️ (@alexjkane) March 26, 2017
— Ryan Graney (@RyanEGraney) March 26, 2017
— Scott (@sledskillz) March 26, 2017
— Sara Haider ???? (@pandemona) March 26, 2017
Fox News wasn’t the only one to suffer ridicule on Twitter.
Trump tweeted angrily about Barack Obama playing golf instead of working many times during Obama’s presidency. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer got in on the act too, back in the day.
Wish I could be on the golf course but have to work – must be nice to be President
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) July 29, 2012
As the Washington Post reports, Trump has spent one of every three days of his presidency at a Trump property, with some 13 trips to his golf courses since he took the office.
Twitter users jumped all over Spicer and suggested that Trump’s behavior smacked of hypocrisy.
— Ira Madison III (@ira) March 25, 2017
— cx (@cxcope) March 25, 2017
Oh hell no.
This man actually tweeted this when Obama was President.
Now, his President golfs more per week than any President in history. https://t.co/RAU4bij4UY
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 25, 2017
— Micah Singleton (@MicahSingleton) March 25, 2017
— Amr Shady (@ashady) March 26, 2017
@seanspicer your life is a constant nightmare, huh?
— elan gale (@theyearofelan) March 25, 2017