Real Fake News: Imaginary Headlines

In the 24/7 news cycle, television, radio and print media seem to struggle to come up with the hot take that will get them the most clicks or views. To me, this has led to an outrage culture, where every misstep, no matter how small, is distorted to be something bigger and more meaningful than it really is. Whether it’s former Vice President Joe Biden mistaking his wife for her sister in an introduction, or President Trump saying…well, anything…journalists seem at the ready to enflame their readers, viewers, or listeners with the most cynical interpretation of the news at hand.

Whatever your political views, you might agree that this kind of media climate can be unhelpful at best and damaging at worst. newspapers-1-723x391

Anyway, it got me to thinking of how today’s media might have covered inspirational quotes from previous leaders.

Here’s my very, very fake news take on that. Most of the quotes below come from a real Psychology Today article on inspirational quotes from presidents. The headlines come from my imagination!

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” Franklin D. Roosevelt
“President to Country — Be Very Afraid, Things Will Get Worse” New York Times

“To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.” John Adams
“Adams Offers No Specific Plans” Boston Globe

“The object of love is to serve, not to win.” Woodrow Wilson
“What Wilson’s Defeatist Approach Means for America” The Atlantic

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama
“Obama Likens Himself to Jesus Christ” Jeanine Pirro, Fox News

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” Harry S. Truman
“Sources say president ‘enraged’ with staff who claim credit for ideas he thinks are his own” Los Angeles Times

“Pessimism never won any battle.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
“President Once Again Lashes Out at Media” Jim Acosta, CNN

“If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.” Bill Clinton
“After Impeachment, President Clinton Says He Could Be President for Life” Fox News

“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy
“President Hints at Taking Away Social Security” Rolling Stone

Feel free to comment with your own fake headlines!

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