January 2017

About me

Hazel BeckerI'm a mostly retired independent journalist in Washington, D.C., where I've lived since 1982. In the 10 years since I retired from BNA Publications (now Bloomberg BNA) I've enjoyed the freedom to cover subjects ranging from personal finance to alternative energy.

Not fake - just wrong

I won’t be surprised to see a complaint by the new President that reports of his administration removing LGBTQ, climate change, and other pages and content from the White House website constitutes “fake news.” It wasn’t fake – it was just wrong, at least as reported on People.com.

Another article, on the Advocate website, didn’t report the erroneous allegation that the Trump administration or transition team took the pages and references down. It just didn’t report that, in the normal scheme of things, the orderly transfer of power to the new administration includes archiving the White House website under the departing president and, simultaneously, launching a new version produced by the incoming head of state.