News or Noise: J.K. Rowling rips Pres. Trump on Twitter for interaction with little boy

August 02, 2017 11:50 PM

In News or Noise, Jennifer Mobilia takes a look at stories and articles being shared across social media platforms and works to determine if they are real or a hoax.

A celebrity calls out President Donald Trump on Twitter for ignoring a little boy in a wheelchair. Her series of tweets sets off a firestorm of criticism on all social media platforms.

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But is it news or noise? Let's take a look.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling went off on President Donald Trump after a video – posted by a deputy communications director for a Democratic representative -- surfaced showing what appears to be the president ignoring a tiny fan.

Here are some of Rowling's tweets from July 28 that referred to the president as a quote: "monster of narcissism".

"Trump imitated a disabled reporter. Now he pretends not to see a child in a wheelchair, as though frightened he might catch his condition."

And then this one: "How stunning, and how horrible, that Trump cannot bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the President."

Rowling's Twitter tirade was retweeted thousands of times – former first daughter Chelsea Clinton among the retweeters.

But, when you take a look at the entire, unedited clip, you'll see President Trump didn't ignore the little boy. He actually went right up to him at the beginning of the event and spent more time with him than anyone else on the stage.

While the author never apologized to President Trump, she did delete her previous tweets and tweeted: "Sources have informed me that that was not a full or accurate representation of their interaction."

So, when you see this shared on social media, don't share it, because sometimes even famous people share stories that are all NOISE.


Jennifer Mobilia

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