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Joseph Curl

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @josephcurl.

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FILE - In this April 19, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump is presented with a New England Patriots jersey from Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, and head coach Bill Belichick during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, where the Patriots were honored for their Super Bowl LI victory. In addition to the jersey, the team confirmed on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, that Kraft decided after the team's visit to also have a Super Bowl championship ring made for Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

USA Today runs by the fake news story playbook

You've heard it out there. You know the story already. USA Today "broke" it in a huge scoop on Monday: "Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump's frequent travel, large family." Published August 22, 2017

Trump's 'dump' comments may be fake news, but the White House does need serious work

According to a golf writer who quotes only a single anonymous source, President Trump was "chatting with some members before a recent round of golf" when he explained his frequent appearances at the club by saying: "That White House is a real dump." A White House spokesman denied the account -- as did Mr. Trump. Published August 15, 2017

Trump is not lazy, contrary to what the media would have you believe

The minute you take your hand off that Bible at noon on Jan. 20, the weight of the world falls on your shoulders. And it stays there until someone else takes that same 35-word oath four or eight years later — the oath of the presidency. Published August 8, 2017

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci walks down the steps of Air Force One after arriving at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Friday, July 28, 2017, for a speech by President Donald Trump on the street gang MS-13. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Trump: 'No WH chaos'; Reality: Massive WH chaos

On tonight's episode of "As The Trump World Turns," special investigator Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is heating up, feuding Republicans fail to get anything done on health care, President Trump's approval rating plunges, the president is publicly bashing his own attorney general, and the White House is in absolute meltdown, with two longtime staffers fired in dramatic fashion (the tears flow!). Published August 1, 2017

"Why aren't the same standards placed on the Democrats. Look what Hillary Clinton may have gotten away with. Disgraceful!" President Trump tweeted Wednesday. (Associated Press/File)

America hates Hillary -- and digs Trump

Nearly every day, another mainstream media poll emerges that claims President Trump has the lowest approval rating since Caligula. But there's one person Americans like even less: Hillary Clinton. Published July 18, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before having lunch with Republican Senators. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Journalism is dead; whatever these guys are doing isn't journalism

None of the latest stories have anyone on the record making the accusations. Instead, the "news" sites that posted the stories -- Politico, the Daily Mail and the Guardian -- simply make the surprising claims and cite anonymous sources. The subjects of the anonymous slurs have no recourse whatsoever, no right to face their accusers, no way to fight back. The accusation streams out onto the internet, where it lives forever -- whether it's true or not. Published June 13, 2017

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders walks between graduates as he arrives for the Brooklyn College commencement ceremony, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in New York. The former Democratic presidential candidate, who hails from Brooklyn and attended the school for a year, urged graduates to stand together and not let demagogues divide the country. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Socialist Bernie Sanders gets superrich in capitalist U.S.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a socialist from Vermontistan, spent 2016 preaching his favorite socialist ideologies. His fans ate it up like candy. He packed arenas and fairgrounds across the country bashing The One Percent, spouting off about the proletariat and vowing that, if elected president, he would take from the rich and give to the poor. A modern-day Robin Hood, albeit in a baggy, ill-fitting suit, that Bernie. Published June 6, 2017

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, leave the White House as they embark on Mr. Trump's first overseas tour to the Middle East. (Associated Press)

How much does CNN hate Trump? 93% of coverage is negative

For the youngsters out there, once upon a time, CNN was pretty much down the middle. The fledgling network covered news -- real news, not fake news -- and worked hard to be on site wherever news was happening. When something happened, that was the place to go. Published May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump listens as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate," as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm international allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

How Russians helped Trump win the election is never explained

Hey, Media Matters, I'm talking to you! Help me out, here, willya'? Actually, I'll talk to anyone, listen to anyone. You'll find my email address at the bottom of this column, so hit me up. I'm asking -- no, begging -- you to write me and answer this one simple question: How did the Russians help Donald Trump become President Trump?! Published May 16, 2017

In this April 11, 2017, file photo, host Jimmy Kimmel appears during a taping of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," in Los Angeles. (Randy Holmes/ABC via AP, File)

Comedians hate Trump so much they can't be funny anymore

When Johnny Carson was host of "The Tonight Show" from 1962 to 1992, he did thousands of political jokes. His target: Politicians -- every one of them -- presidents, lawmakers, Democrats, Republicans, it didn't matter. Published May 9, 2017

Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly -- good riddance to bad rubbish

With Bill O'Reilly, so many shoes have dropped that he's looking like Imelda Marcos. Just two weeks ago, The New York Times reported that Fox paid out $13 million to five women who accused the bombastic bloviator of sexual harassment. Mr. O'Reilly told The Times that he settled only to avoid hurting his family. Published April 18, 2017

A passenger "voluneers" to be "re-accommodated" when United Airlines "overbooks" a flight. (Associated Press)

The Orwellian explanation of United's 're-accommodation'

There is something very "1984" in the words fluttering around over the strange case of a doctor being ripped from his seat aboard an airplane, pummeled into submission by three burly men and dragged -- quite literally -- bloody and screaming down the aisle and off the plane. Published April 11, 2017