The IV Words blog has arrived. Sort of.

It’s Official. IV Words is “#FakeNews.”

Yep, official. As they say up here in the Great White North, Youbetchya. At least it is according to several fine #MAGAts who read “There’s No Art in Trump’s Fake Deals” post on Facebook and proceeded to deride and condemn the blog and its blogger.

The post ran a few days ago, and so far 188 people have engaged with it in some way or another. It’s been shared 49 times, and there are 94 comments, including several from Trump supporters who followed Pat Pierce’s lead in proclaiming IV Words a “fake news outlet.”

Mr. Pierce went further, as you can see –

Exchange on Twitter with a Trump Supporter - Fake News

You can check out the whole string here. As you can also see, several other MAGAts picked up the refrain.

I couldn’t be prouder.

It’s true, The Cheeto hasn’t blocked my replies to his tweetstorms yet, but this is a big step forward. Right?

Fake news! Who’d’a thunk it even just a few short months ago?

I’m honored. I mean, seriously, I can’t say enough about Pierce and his cohorts. They’ve catapulted me into an entirely new realm of liberal blogging, and my appreciation overfloweth, as the Evangelicals might say.

Not only am I fake news but, according to one reader, I’m blogging from my mother’s basement. Sure, Mom passed on several years ago, but, hey! That puts a little cherry on top of the “Fake News!” label I’ve been pursuing for so long.

As you can also see, Pierce wanted nothing to do with my explanation that there’s no such thing as “fake news”; there’s only truth, falsehood and spin, and President Donald Trump is all about the spin. In fairness, I forgot one category, which might have confused him:  Lies. Which, in my book are a bit more aggressive and intentional than plain old falsehoods.

That’s where Trump truly excels. More than any other president in human history. Perhaps any other politician. Maybe even any other human. Bigly.

Seriously, though, if I’m now labeled “fake news,” I’m doing something right. From my “libtard” viewpoint, “fake news” is simply news that MAGAters don’t like or agree with.

And if that’s IV Words, I’m perfectly A-O.K. with that.

This blog is none of those things, anyway. It’s opinion based on facts. I didn’t bother to go into fact vs. opinion with Mr. Pierce or any of the other MAGAts. That would have brought the entire discussion to a screeching halt due to utter confusion, bewilderment, befuddlement. Or made them go off on even more in their #RedHatter rage. One can never be too sure.


Thank you, one and all, for reading, whether you hit me with a Like, Laughing face, a Heart or a Frowny face, whether you commented positively or negatively, and especially if you shared.

Y’all come back for more “fake news” anytime, y’hear?

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Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), proud introvert, veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, blogger ( nonprofit founder ( and big-time reader. As they say, if you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff. A ginger, too - ergo the "Red" - although some of it's going white. Cinnamon-Sugar, I call it. Tattooed to boot; seven so far. At age 54, I'm stilling crankin' AC/DC & Metallica, but now and again I spin some Eric Church and Black Uhuru, too. I love hanging out with my (much) better half, spending time with our kids, writing, hiking, riding my mountain bike and reading.


Edmund Gruchalla · January 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Mr. IV words. You are being trolled by the alt right. They want to discourage all anti-Trump talk. When he is impeached they will run and hide in their rat holes.

    Martin C. Fredricks IV · January 28, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Agreed. Bring it.

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