GOP workers close to the White House are planning to dig up years-worth of articles from the journalists who have been covering the story this week, The Washington Post reported.
They then plan to scour those stories for factual errors or perceived bias, and feed their findings to conservative outlets like Fox News while also publicizing them on social media.
It is not clear which operatives are planning to work on the shame campaign, and whether any taxpayer dollars will be used for it. The White House did not immediately comment.
Trump, meanwhile, was shaming the reports on the Russia story Wednesday morning.
“Remember, when you hear the words ‘sources say’ from the Fake Media, often times those sources are made up and do not exist,” he tweeted, a variation on a statement he has repeatedly made on Twitter and in public statements. Trump has his own history of using anonymous sources to back up baseless conspiracy theories, such as his “birther” campaign against former President Barack Obama.
The New York Times spent several days this week unraveling the story of Trump’s eldest son secretly organizing a meeting last year with a Russian lawyer who said she had damaging information on Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr. finally published emails about the meeting — which explicitly established a Russian plot to help Donald Trump’s campaign — only after the Times told him it had the messages and was ready to report on them.
Despite President Trump tweeting about the media using “made up” sources, neither he nor his son has denied the validity of the Times reports.
After all the media shaming, Trump attempted to argue Wednesday morning that he’s not even paying much attention to the news.
“The W.H. is functioning perfectly, focused on HealthCare, Tax Cuts/Reform & many other things. I have very little time for watching T.V.,” he tweeted.
That came only three hours after he retweeted a clip from the “Fox & Friends.” This is the third day in a row he has posted a clip from the show.