It’s funny how quickly some media outlets latch onto a story these days without sourcing any of it. All they had to do was watch the end of the clip where Steve Doocy gives up the joke.
How quickly in an era of malleable truth do tantalizing falsehoods make the rounds.
On Friday, it was Fox News’ turn. Network anchors joked in a segment that they’d asked Donald Trump to turn the White House lights on and off if he was watching the show. Their request was followed by a video clip of a light flashing in a far right window of the building as if he really were playing along.
The whole thing was duly tweeted out by “Corgi Dad, Millennial and Trump Supporter” — and TV political pundit — Harlan Hill. Cue much merriment.
This is too funny… the @FoxandFriends team said on air:
Hey @realDonaldTrump, if you’re watching, turn some lights on and off!
— Harlan Hill (@Harlan) January 27, 2017
— summerday11 (@BurchamDena) January 27, 2017
The only problem: the whole thing was a joke, presumably centered around recent allegations that Trump tweets out things he’s just seen on TV. Like that time this week he called pardoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning an “ungrateful traitor” shortly after Fox News used the same words on screen.
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) January 26, 2017
Or when he suddenly got obsessed with gun violence in Chicago after Fox ran a segment on the city — among all the other times.
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) January 25, 2017
However much Trump might watch or be influenced by Fox News or other TV shows, there’s no proof he’ll turn the White House lights on and off like a gleeful three-year-old when the networks asks.
This was a joke. Immediately after this clip, Steve Doocy said "It was a video effect, we were just having a little fun." https://t.co/XZ6Q9Fw2oP
— Alex Weprin (@alexweprin) January 27, 2017
Stand down Twitter: things are a bit haywire right now, but not that crazy.