The fake news meme was a favorite of President Donald Trump’s during the 2016 election, and it has become an increasingly popular way to criticize the news media.
It’s now becoming a staple of social media, with Trump’s aides, surrogates and White House staffers regularly using it to make jokes about the media, particularly when it comes to a series of scandals involving Trump and the media.
“I think they’re very bad and that’s the bottom line,” said Ben Smith, who teaches media studies at Columbia University.
“They are basically the most vicious propaganda machine of all time.”
The meme has since been adopted by both political parties.
When former President Barack Obama made a splash in 2016 by using the meme to criticize Republicans in the House and Senate, it was used by some to justify their opposition to him and his policies.
The president’s own staff and surrogates have used it as well.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer was quick to highlight the meme in the weeks after he was fired, while Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon used it to argue that the media is a “liberal opposition party.”
“The media is nothing but a liberal opposition party,” Bannon said on “Fox & Friends.”
“They’re just not getting it.”
And it seems to have stuck with Trump, who has used it during his presidency to attack reporters and critics, including former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who recently joined the Trump administration.
Since Trump’s election, the meme has been used to criticize reporters, as well as political opponents, such as New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and the president himself, such is his popularity.
In one recent video posted to YouTube, Trump uses the meme, which is also used by Trump’s Twitter account, to compare his approval rating with that of his opponents.
As the president continues to attack critics, he’s also been using the image to mock the media’s accuracy.
During the presidential campaign, Trump used the meme during a live television interview to compare media coverage to the coverage he received in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
And he’s been using it again during his first month in office, with the president attacking the media for not covering his controversial executive order on immigration and Muslims, which he said was not a travel ban and could not be enforced.
“If you look at the media coverage, it’s not the coverage that I want, it is the coverage,” Trump said on Fox & Friends.
“And they have no coverage whatsoever.
They’re just a bunch of haters.”
In recent days, Trump has used the image in his Twitter feed to mock reporters who have criticized his handling of his transition team, saying that he has a team in place that will make up for their lack of coverage.
“I’m going to get rid of the fake news,” Trump tweeted.
“I want the fake media out of my life!”