When the Washington Post broke the story Wednesday that “President Trump installed a room-sized golf simulator at White House,” liberals went nuts, especially those who only read that headline and not the actual story.
“Trump just installed a simulator at the White House that allows him to be lazier than ever,” wrote the Washington Press.
The Tax March protest group excoriated the president for installing the golf simulator during the government shutdown.
A furious Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) suggested that Trump had the simulator installed because he couldn’t go to Mar-a-Lago to golf during the shutdown.
But there a few things the Post headline didn’t mention. Actually reading the story revealed a very different impression.
One, the president paid for the golf simulator game out of his own pocket. He covered both the $50,000 cost of the game and its installation.
Two, he’s not the first president to install a golf simulator in the White House. In fact, he was merely updating the older, less sophisticated one that President Obama installed during his term.
Three, according to the Post’s anonymous sources — where all this information comes from in the first place — Trump wasn’t using the game during the government shutdown because he hasn’t actually used it yet.
The room-sized simulator allows players to swing a club and hit a ball into a protected video screen, which displays courses from all around the world. One conservative pointed out that liberals who like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal should be praising the president for reducing his carbon footprint.
The Post’s accurate yet misleading headline mirrored one that recently came across from FOX 5 DC.
“6 California officers shoot, kill rapper found unresponsive in car at Taco Bell with gun on his lap,” the news outlet wrote in a headline, leaving the impression that police officers shot someone who wasn’t even moving.
Reading the story reveals that the rapper was slumped over in his seat with a gun in his lap while waiting in the line of a Taco Bell eatery. An employee called the police, who arrived to find the car door locked and the transmission still in drive.
After they took measures to keep the car from rolling, the rapper — identified as Willie McCoy — regained consciousness and started moving around. Despite officers telling him to keep his hands visible, McCoy reached for the gun in his lap. That’s when the officers fired.
"In fear for their own safety, the officers discharged their weapons at the driver," a Vallejo Police spokesperson said.
Immediately after shooting him, the officers called in medical help and provided their own life-saving measures while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. McCoy died at the scene.
In both the case of the Post’s golf simulator story and FOX 5’s rapper story, the facts of the stories will give readers a far different impression than the headline does.