Trump Slams "Fake News" At CPAC Speech, Blasts Use Of Anonymous Sources

Tyler Durden's picture

Not missing a beat, just hours after he attacked the FBI for being unable to catch "leaks", Trump went on the attack against the news media at a gathering of conservative activists Friday.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where he had spoken on several previous occasions although skipping the event in 2016, Trump delivered another "victory speech" in which he reiterated his now traditional talking points, touching on bad polling (accusing polls of being fake), promised a surge in military spending, slammed bad deals, vowed to "build the wall", but mostly fell back on his favorite topic, lashing out at the press saying his administration was in a fight against “fake news” and especially those outlets who use "anonymous sources" while claiming he "loves the First Amendment."

Trump said he only considers "fake news" outlets to be "the enemy of the people," but extended the charge to say the media are dishonest and he accused it of fabricating sources for stories.

In his address to CPAC, Trump sought to clarify the difference between the press and “fake news media” and said he supports “honest” reporting and the First Amendment. “I’m not against the media. I’m not against the press. I don’t mind bad stories if I deserve them,” he said. “I am only against the fake news media or press,” he said. “I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources."

“I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news. It’s phony, fake,” Trump said before a crowd which took delight in the media bashing. “I called the fake news the enemy of the people. They are the enemy of the people, because they have no sources. They just make them up when there are none.”

“I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources,” Trump said. “They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name. Let their name be put out there. Let their name be put out. A source says that Donald Trump is a horrible horrible human being. Let them say it to my face. Let there be no more sources.”’

Trump then again bashed Europe, and especially Sweden, as a source of bad immigration policy.

Among the other topics covered, while Trump did not provide any clarity on his economic plans, he did say the Mexican wall being built "way ahead of schedule", he promised that the repeal/replace of Obamacare is taking place on schedule; vowed that "bad dudes" would be thrown out of the country; casually mentioned tax reform and his accomplishments as the President-elect; the new massive military budget; the eradication of ISIS; repeated his desire to keeping terrorists out. He also said that global cooperation is good, but that the US will get better deals.

Trump got a warm reception when he took the stage, with huge applause and a standing ovation. Attendees continued to stand for his speech until he told them to take seat. There was also an overflow crowd in the back of the room, who chanted “USA” and “build that wall.”

Trump's return to CPAC comes after he decided to skip it last year amid conflicts with his campaign schedule. According to The Hill, there were also reports that protesters would walk out of his scheduled speech last year. In CPAC’s 2016 poll for the White House, Trump came in a distant third behind Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

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BullyBearish's picture

How the F*(&K does he plan to PAY for all of this $hit...

FreeShitter's picture

From whats the left of debt slave, tax paying middle class of course.

CheapBastard's picture

No worries, mate. Mexico is paying for all of it!



How to pay? Well, if Americans did not spend SIX BILLION HOURS complying with the federal TAX code...

That is the 2005 estimate btw. $265B!!!!!!

Handful of Dust's picture

Cut taxes, rip the tax code in half, repeal Sowetocare tax penalty, repeal FATCA, cut more regulations, and so on.

The more the gubmint stays out of small buinsses and our persoanl lives, the better the economy will progress and the happier middle class Americans will be.

crossroaddemon's picture

Whoa... you think that shit is going to HAPPEN? Excuse me whilst I laugh in your face.

UnclePhester's picture
UnclePhester (not verified) crossroaddemon Feb 24, 2017 12:15 PM




Now I wonder who it could be.....PUTIN AND THE ROOSKIES!!!!!  Right Pedo-Podesta-Pizzagate media?


yeah, it's IMPOSSIBLE. CRAZY! VPOTUS Mike Pence, TAX lawyer, on FairTax:

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Way to go MR. PRESIDENT. Call these people out!

I loved it when he referred to CNN as the "CLINTON NEWS NETWORK". Of course many ZH readers and contributors have know for years that TRUTH about CNN. But to have the POTUS say it at a national forum is great.

Shortly after he made that remark, the crown began to chant "LOCK HER UP!" as a reminder to the POTUS: "Mr. President, you have some unfinished business!"

Let's finish this thing. "LOCK HER (HRC) UP!!!!!"


Chupacabra-322's picture

What's at Stake is the Deep State Global network of MultiNational Central Banking, Espionage, Murder, War, Torture, Destabilization Campaigns, BlackMail, Extortion, Child / Human Trafficking, Drug / Gun Running, Money Laundering, Corruption, NSA spying, Media control & control of the 17 Intelligence Agencies.

Most importantly, The Deep State controls all the distribution lines of the aforementioned. Especially the Coaxial Cable Communication lines of Espionage spying & Surveillance State Apparatus / Infrastructure.

Agencies all built on the British Model of Intelligence. Purely Evil & Highly Compartmentalized Levels which function as a Step Pyramid Model of Authority / Monarch Reign Pyramid Model of Authority.

That's what's at Stake. How this plays out is anyone's guess. The Pure Evil Criminal Psychopath Rogue elements of the Deep State will not go quietly. If not dealt with now, they'll disappear only to resurface at a later date with one objective:

Total Complete Full Spectrum World Domination they seek through Power & Control.

It's those Select Highly Compartmentalized Criminal Pure Evil Rogue Elements at the Deep State Top that have had control since the JFK Execution that have entrenched themselves for decades & refuse to relinquish Control.

It's The Black Hats Versus The White Hats. Pure Evil War / Economic Oligarch Criminal Dynasties which must fall but refuse.
Interesting Times.

#Glass Steagall
#Al CIA duh


Not "in half". More like down to about four pages.

You want what information about MY business? "fix bayonets", "Get my gun" - VP Pence

Uncertain T's picture

Mexico, yes... but meanwhile we might have to raise the debt ceiling a few seconds sooner. 

TonyRUs's picture

I don't know, but if your kid has cancer and needs treatment you don't ask how you're going to pay for it, and the US has cancer.

crossroaddemon's picture

Good... maybe it'll die of it and the body can be split off into parts of manageable size. As in if I dont know you personally you can just fuck right off...

UnclePhester's picture
UnclePhester (not verified) TonyRUs Feb 24, 2017 1:05 PM

ISRAEL IS THE CANCER, Nukes are the Answer!

Whalley World's picture

Time for the USA to take a massive coffee enema, blow the bad shit OUT!

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

The USA has given hundreds and hundreds of millions to them over the years, so I wouldn't call it "mexico paying for it." more like, collecting some of a loan, if it ever even happens

barysenter's picture

25 billion a year on the backs of the unemployed pendejo. Not counting medical care, education, police expenditures, incarceration & revolving deportation, subversion, murder, rape and interfering in our government.

AVmaster's picture



You been living under radical leftard/saul alinsky/communist/keynesian economics for so long that you forgot how this shit really works?


Go back to highschool business math wonderboy...

BullyBearish's picture

If I had to answer my own question, I'd have to say history has proven that trump is and has always been the banker's #1 Debt Tool, that's how he has "paid" for all of his business success and his friends are eager to provide the required DEBT for all of his planned spending because really, that's ALL they do:

The banker's motto:

Usury R Us

All they need is a tool to continually open the USA debt spigot wider and wider and wider...

HippieHaulers's picture

Yeah, those banker boys must have been so relieved when Trump won instead of spendthrift Clinton. Those millions they gave her and the near zero they gave him in campaign contributions were merely to throw us off the scent. But you're too clever for them. They can't fool a hound dog like you. 

new game's picture

we live in a world of "illusions of grandeur". just tell them what they want to here.

wish/think/(never mind) reality...

tic toc...when? does the shtf?

clueless on how long this can go on...

but, cracks are appearing.

the crumble, as cog dis says...

laomei's picture

Simple, we stop paying for the defense of all of our "allies" who freeload off of us and then turn around and attack us for spending all our money on defense instead of socialist nonsense.


We eliminate the kickbacks and waste that are in the system


We stop making the military do bullshit work and unbind their hands to do what they do best (kill everything they see)


It's time for this "new world order" to be ended and for us to get back to what we do best... killing everyone who is not us and making the world our bitch.  Anyone who doesn't like that can go to the ovens.

Benjamin123's picture

Good militaries dont cost money, they make money. A captured country can be sold at auction.

keep the bastards honest's picture

problem is the US has run out of  countries to destroy and pillage. and the satellites are getting sucked dry and weaker... Aus has had to buy/pay for rubbish US planes(never delivered) and now submarines we dont want from the US, and  'donate' 75 mill to Clinton last year... oldies in Okinawa have stood  in the road for  years and years sun and rain, demonstrating against US bases taking up large areas of precious land, the noise is awful, they kidnap young girls,rape and kill. Drunken soldiers run down and kill  people on the roads.

Auction? Wait til it happens to the empire. Empires rot at the centre.. dams, roads, utilities, schools, hospitals  deteriorate. Periphery stops feeding  the empire. Empire brings military home from the 1000 bases in others countries, they then pillage. Thats what happened to Rome.  England sent its to Ireland to prey on good irish families as the black and tan as england could not afford to dress what became vermin.

Oh and sure a captured  country can be sold at auction???  thats what england did to ireland, ran down  people on horseback and then roped them together and sold to americans like you, illiterate slaveowners allover america and in the islands. Bred them with black men who came afterwards. Hundreds of thousands of irish...   and yes the english did  sell off irish land to finance the invasions. The english blood still stinks in the descendants in Ireland. England now has problems feeding itself, it can no longer steal Irlsh food under armed guard as Ireland starves.

Trumps "make America Great again" is to withdraw from that. From destroying the world, bring back military, finding productive instead of destructive work, and  re-building the core.

To stop doing what you espouse.  All the killing other people will not save you.


GUS100CORRINA's picture

BullyBearish ...


I suspect the USA will be issuing new 50yr and 100yr TREASURY BONDs very shortly.


I just wish the PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL DESPOTS with the REPROBATE minds would have asked "OBOZO" that same question as he proceeded to DOUBLE THE US DEBT in over 8 YEARS!

Turn on the money printing presses ... we have lots of TREEs BECAUSE OF EPA OVERREGULATION.

As a side note, below is web site that shows exactly where the debt is today. Enjoy!

UNBELIEVABLE ... what a MESS President TRUMP has inherited from previous PRESIDENTS!

CLINTON, BUSHs, OBAMA should all be ASHAMED of themselves!!!

BullyBearish's picture

Yes...however the common mistake is to compare the current person in power to his antecedents instead of holding him accountable for what he does versus what he COULD be doing...


Forget about clinton, bushs, obomber,'s ALL on him now, what's it going to be Mr. President?

Josey Montana's picture

Who fucking cares, you useless cuck?

jomama's picture

Trump hitting the campaign trail again?

FreeShitter's picture

He said he was going to have this awesome tax plan unveiled this week? More reversals????


I recall The President saying last week he might have something this week, but he definitely said at the presser 8 days ago and Secretary Mnuchin said yesterday, that for regulatory and budgetary reasons they have tax reform on hold (as in it's ready to go) because they have to deal with healthcare first. Mid March, *maybe* earlier.

crossroaddemon's picture

I'm gonna be laughing my ass off when "dealing with healthcare" turns out to not mean what you think it does.

And I love how you capitalize The President. Jesus. Stop giving legitimacy to power.


I don't know much about Obamacare because I'm not American. I have been aware of FairTax for five years when Gary Johnson supported it so... I comment.

Just trying to show some respect. I try to do the same for other dignitaries. Feel free to be offended. HA!

OverTheHedge's picture

Speaking of respect, did anyone else notice the tone of this article? Is Tyler trying to put some distance between zerohedge and Trump? Does this mean that the Trump love is cooling?

Perhaps it is time to get back to finance, now that the madness of the last 18 months is over, and we just have the next four years of madness to deal with.

Back to the old school zerohedge: "Gold, Bitchez"

jus_lite_reading's picture

Have you never seen a CPAC beofre? Its the same old same old fund raising etc.

Laddie's picture

As a fellow commented:

"Reminder to CPAC, your form of conservatism couldn't beat a stuttering mulatto, even with 2 cracks at it."

laomei's picture

Trump already officially announced for 2020, so he's able to do it all he wants.  It's a good thing. We need political rallies.  We need a unified lockstep right wing willing to do what needs to be done in the coming years.

crossroaddemon's picture

Unified lockstep. Holy hell listen to yourself. A bunch of goosestepping morons who will do whatever they're told sans analysis sounds good to you? Fuck no. Every move POTUS makes should be under a microscope, not accepted without question.

Josey Montana's picture

Jesus! Where did you fucks come from -- out of the woodwork?


but your avatar has me wishin' I was (a younger) American : )

cheech_wizard's picture

Where were you cries of outrage for the past 8 years?

Standard Disclaimer: Oh, wait, there were none.


NugginFuts's picture

wait, wasn't "on schedule" for ObamaCare repeal supposed to be Day 1?

I swear, this may as well have been a campaign speech from last year. 

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Classic Propaganda tactics:  Deflect, lie, lie, deflect, distract, never acknowledge blame, shift the focus off yourself, lie, repeat, deflect, repeat - works like a charm

TonyRUs's picture

You tell someone calmly that they're not being honest with you and its 'lashing out'? They sound like my wife.

Handful of Dust's picture

He has to deal with both enemies in the entire DNC and many enemies (like McShame) oin the RNC plus the very entrenched Obama subversives in all branches of government.


So it will take time to gut out the terrorists from the fbi, doj, etc. and replace with American citizens who want to MAGA.

Every time Trump creates another few thousands jobs, Hillary has a seizure and Obama's hatred for America intensifies.

SgtShaftoe's picture

Well Trump is handling the intelligence agencies in a very strange way if he plans on reforming them. Also, I'm interested in how opening the gates to private prisons again is helpful.

I'm also interested in why "conservatives" are so interested in rolling back weed laws and "enforcing federal law" in complete contradiction with their states rights principles.

Cause if I didn't know better it sure would seem like trump is attempting to do exactly what Obama did: use the right language to your base while you go off and do something completely different to further erode civil liberties.

Wake up people.