Media Misrepresents Trump NASA Tweet
June 7th, 2019 | Poletical
Mainstream journalists have gone off the rails in yet another attempt to smear Donald Trump as an "idiot".
On June 7th, Trump tweeted, "For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!"
Immediately, his tweet was purposefully misrepresented by journalists and mainstream media to sound as if though Trump believes that our Moon is literally a part of Mars. In fact, Trump was referring to NASA's ongoing Moon mission as being a "part" of an overall and eventual mission to the red planet.
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The British based tabloid, The Guardian, was one of the first to attempt the smear:
Followers of astronomy were in for a surprise on Friday, when Donald Trump announced that the moon is part of Mars.
In a tweet, apparently commenting on his own administration’s space policy, the president said: “For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago.”
Trump’s declaration shocked many space enthusiasts, because the moon has not traditionally been regarded as part of Mars.
The leading theory is that a collision between Earth and a planet-sized entity, many years ago, resulted in debris that eventually became the moon. On average Mars is 140m miles from the moon. Nasa did not immediately respond to a question from the Guardian asking if the moon is part of Mars.
Unlike other media outlets, The Guardian, in the same article, later clarified what Trump was "possibly" referring to:
There is a possibility Trump’s tweet was a comment on Nasa’s broader planto eventually travel to Mars from the moon, but either way it soon emerged that Trump’s moon reversal may have been provoked by the Fox Business tv channel. One hour before the president offered his take on the moon’s origin and his criticism of Nasa, Fox guest Neil Cavuto had expressed scepticism over a moon trip.
Since April of 2018, on a page called "NASA Unveils Sustainable Campaign to Return to Moon, on to Mars" NASA's website has stated the following:
A key component of establishing the first permanent American presence and infrastructure on and around the Moon is the Gateway, a lunar orbiting platform to host astronauts farther from Earth than ever before.
On the Gateway, America and its partners will prepare to transit deep space, testing new technologies and systems as we build the infrastructure to support missions to the surface of the Moon and prepare for the epochal mission to Mars. NASA also will study the effects of the deep space environment of the Gateway, learning how living organisms react to the radiation and microgravity of a deep space environment over long periods.
Rather than criticize Trump's apparent flip-flop on Moon exploration, in which he himself declared the Moon as a worthy destination in 2018, mainstream journalists have instead opted to lampoon Trump for a remark he did not actually make. All this, in an effort to portray Donald Trump as unintelligent.
Twitter also became a place for blue checkmarks to spread misinformation about Trump's tweet:
Journalists and blue checkmarks across the internet are spreading lies again. We aren't surprised by this and you shouldn't be either.