(Via Fox News)
NBC News is reeling after “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt appears to have been badly fooled by North Korean propagandists — giving a cheery report from a ski resort in the Hermit Kingdom that looked to be bustling when it was widely known to actually be a ghost town.
Holt — who returned early from North Korea after scathing reviews — reported for “Nightly News” from the Masikryong ski resort on Monday, a facility that is the brainchild of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and is typically empty. The resort, built to create the appearance of a prosperous nation, was largely deserted during peak 2017 ski season, according to multiple reports.
But for Holt’s appearance, the North Korean government appears to have brought in skiers — wearing identical outfits — and staged the scene, something Holt did not appear to realize.
The resort is a “source of immense pride for a country trying to present a new and modern face to the world,” Holt said during his report.
NBC News did not respond to requests for comment as to whether Holt’s unexpectedly early departure from North Korea was related to the embarrassing ski resort snafu. But inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NBC’s more seasoned journalists were cringing.
“Who produced this garbage?” asked an NBC insider. “It is field producing 101 — don’t do a standup somewhere that’s been staged by a dictatorial regime.”
Holt’s coverage was overseen by embattled NBC News President Noah Oppenheim, who traveled with Holt and a camera crew to North Korea weeks before the Peacock Network will cover the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Now Holt’s credulous reporting has cast a cloud over the network’s ability to accurately portray the Korean peninsula going into the Olympics.
WATCH: Tucker Slams Jim Acosta For Epic Self-Own At McAllen Border Barrier
On Thursday, Fox News Anchor Tucker Carlson praised CNN’s Jim Acosta for one of the biggest self-owns: making President Trump’s case for a border wall.
“In fact, this debate is over. We’re not getting a barrier along our southern border. We can’t, not now, not ever,” Carlson sarcastically proclaimed. “That possibility was permanently destroyed today by a fact-seeking missile of truth launched by one of our country’s premier cable news outlets in a single devastating act of journalism, CNN killed the wall. Took their biggest guns to do it.”
Tucker then begin to play a video, streamed Thursday by Acosta, which showed him idiotically saying that there was no crisis at the U.S. border — an argument he made while standing at a section of the border with a barrier — in the middle of the afternoon.
“You see that? Take that, you nativist bigot freaks, you creepy wall obsessives. Jim Acosta just spanked you. He was there, not in some cushy, air-conditioned studio in Washington with the rest of the talking heads,” Tucker continued.
Tucker then humorously joked that Acosta was out in the field, doing the type of “hard-boiled shoe-leather reporting” that made him a household name.
Tucker added: “Not a single illegal alien was anywhere near that wall. There was no tent city. There were no predatory gang members or coyotes. MS-13? Not there. There was no sad suffering caravan. Everything was just fine or as Jim Acosta so memorably put it, the area around that steel barrier was pretty tranquil.”
Here’s Acosta owning himself:
The steel slats don’t run the entire length of the border in the McAllen area. We found one part where there is a chain link fence. Occasionally migrants come thru but residents say their community is quite safe. pic.twitter.com/ivpPl0XT48
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
Trump vs Fake News: “I Will Never Stop Fighting For The American People”
President Trump leveled harsh criticism of the fake news media over their constant negative coverage of his administration, and assured the American people he won’t let them continue to sell out the country.
“When the media – driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome – reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk! Very unpatriotic!” Trump tweeted Sunday.
“Freedom of the press also comes with a responsibility to report the news accurately. 90% of media coverage of my Administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving, it’s no surprise that confidence in the media is at an all time low!”
“I will not allow our great country to be sold out by anti-Trump haters in the dying newspaper industry,” he continued. “No matter how much they try to distract and cover it up, our country is making great progress under my leadership and I will never stop fighting for the American people!”
Trump then made it clear that leftist publications like the New York Times “will never change” in their coverage against him.
“As an example, the failing New York Times and the Amazon Washington Post do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements – and they will never change!”