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The highly reliable, definitely-not-crazy places where Donald Trump gets his news

Donald Trump read from a newspaper during a campaign rally in Jacksonville last fall, but he prefers to get his news from other sources. (Reuters/Daron Dean)
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Donald Trump hates the "failing" New York Times, "dishonest" Politico and "ratings-challenged" CNN. He complains constantly about the media, in general, and even has a 30-question survey on his website that invites supporters to express how strongly they, too, dislike the press.

But Trump is a fan of some news outlets.

Here's where the Republican presidential nominee thinks his fans get their news, according to that survey, which his joint fundraising committee sent to supporters Friday:

But where does Trump himself find information he trusts? The list includes the National Enquirer, Snopes and some guy on Twitter who goes by @SeanSean252.

Trump has made some of his media preferences known by praising their work, but others require a bit of uncovering, given the candidate's habit of making claims with such vague citations as "many people are saying." Here's a rundown of some of the news sources Trump relies on.

National Enquirer

Trump described the Enquirer last month as "a magazine that, frankly, in many respects, should be very respected." He added at a news conference in Ohio: "I've always said, 'Why didn't the National Enquirer get the Pulitzer Prize for Edwards and O.J. Simpson and all of these things?'"

Donald Trump wonders why the National Enquirer didn’t win a Pulitzer Prize. Here’s why.

Trump also referred to the Enquirer in May — without naming it — when he connected rival Sen. Ted Cruz's father to John F. Kennedy's assassin in an interview on Fox News.

"His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to [Kennedy] being, you know, shot," Trump told Fox. "I mean the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this? Right? Prior to his being shot. And nobody even brings it up. I mean, they don't even talk about that — that was reported. And nobody talks about it."


Breitbart News has gone to extreme lengths to defend Trump, even casting doubt on one of its own reporter's (now former reporter's) credibility when she said Trump's campaign manager (now former campaign manager) grabbed her by the arm after a news conference in March.

Trump appreciates the favorable coverage, as The Washington Post's Paul Farhi explained in January:

Trump has returned the favor, doling out so many “exclusives” to Breitbart’s relentless Washington political editor, Matthew Boyle, that some have wondered whether Trump and Breitbart are in business together. (They’re not, both sides say.) Nevertheless, Trump clearly holds a special place for Breitbart, which is named for its late founder, the activist and media entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart. When Boyle, 28, asked Trump about his rising poll numbers after a Republican debate last summer, Trump broke into a broad smile and high-fived the young journalist in front of startled onlookers in the post-debate spin room.

Gateway Pundit

Remember when Trump questioned why Ghazala Khan stood quietly while her husband talked about the death of their son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, at the Democratic National Convention? And remember when Trump justified his insensitive speculation that "maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say" by asserting that "plenty of people have written that"?

Ghazala Khan: Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice.

Well, by "plenty of people," Trump meant online fever swamps such as the Gateway Pundit, which wrote that Khan "stood submissively behind [her husband] during his speech wearing a light blue hijab."


Trump doesn't spend much time questioning President Obama's place of birth these days. He's busy calling Obama the "founder of ISIS." But during the last presidential election, the business mogul was obsessed by "birther" conspiracy theories.

Where did he get the false notion that Obama was born outside the United States? Politico in 2011 traced the origin of "birtherism" to an anonymous email chain posted on Snopes, a site that — by its own admission — traffics in urban legends.

World Net Daily

Trump claimed in May that "people" continue to believe that Vince Foster, a White House attorney in the Clinton administration who committed suicide in 1993, was actually murdered and that the Clintons were involved.

He was right: 92 percent of people who read far-right World Net Daily refuse to accept the suicide ruling, which was confirmed by three investigations.

WND is a leader in preserving murder cover-up theories, publishing "exclusive reports" linking the Clintons to a plot to kill their longtime friend.


In an interview with Infowars founder Alex Jones in December, Trump lavished praise on a guy who is arguably the nation's preeminent 9/11 conspiracy theorist.

"Your reputation's amazing," he told Jones. "I will not let you down. You will be very, very impressed, I hope, and we'll be speaking a lot. ... A year into office, you'll be saying, 'Wow, I remember that interview. He said he was going to do it, and he did a great job.'"

Infowars also has promoted the Foster and Obama birther conspiracy theories cited by Trump.


Trump is notoriously cavalier about his retweets — even his wife, Melania, wishes he'd be more careful. And there is no better example than a bogus set of homicide statistics he posted in November. The phony numbers grossly overstated the rate at which black people kill white people.

Called out for the fake stat, Trump told Fox's Bill O'Reilly that he "retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert, and it was also a radio show."

Not quite. Trump actually retweeted an unidentified Twitter user who goes by @SeanSean252 and who had mentioned conservative radio host Wayne Dupree in his original tweet. Apparently that's the secret to validity in Trump's eyes. Name drop a media figure who supports him, and he'll accept your word as fact.