President Donald Trump’s administration has perhaps the contentious relationship with the media of any U.S. president — and that's saying something considering he's measured against Richard Nixon.
Trump seems to believe the “dishonest press” is out there to get him and his aides have gone to great lengths to undermine journalists and reporters. For instance, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon made headlines for telling media to “keep its mouth shut” while a government official revealed the administration wouldn’t send its surrogates to CNN anymore because the network doesn’t promote their “agenda.”
Speaking to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, the president recently claimed the news media has failed to report on several significant terrorist attacks. In fact, he suggested the press deliberately suppresses such information for unspecified “reasons.”
“All across Europe you’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice,” Trump said. “All over Europe it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.”
This could not be further from truth.
“They have their reasons, and you understand that,” he added without elaborating.
To drive this point across, the White House then released a list of 78 attacks it claimed the press took lightly.
“The real point here is that these terrorist attacks are so pervasive at this point that they do not spark the wall-to-wall coverage they once did,” White House representative Lindsay Walters told The Washington Post. “If you look back just a few years ago, any one of these attacks would have been ubiquitous in every news outlet, and now they’re happening so often — at a rate of more than once every two weeks, according to the list we sent around — that networks are not devoting to each of them the same level of coverage they once did.”
Here is the list:
Here's the list the White House sent of attacks they feel "did not receive adequate attention from Western media sources." pic.twitter.com/lj8eOZQfnY— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) February 7, 2017
Firstly, most of the tragic incidents mentioned in the list — including the San Bernardino attack, the Paris terror attacks, the Charlie Hebdo shooting, the Orlando nightclub massacre and the bombings in Istanbul and Brussels — all received wall-to-wall coverage.
Secondly, not all of the attacks ended in fatalities.
Case in point: In 2015, a man wounded four people with a knife at the University of California, Merced. Although no one died except the suspect, the White House still added it to the list.
Then there were some incidents, for example a shooting in Bangladesh that killed one, that were too localized for international news organizations.
Thirdly and most importantly, the list conveniently omitted domestic terror attacks, far-right violence and mass shootings that took place in the U.S. over the past couple of years — like the Charleston shooting, where white supremacist Dylan Roof killed nine African-American churchgoers or the Baton Rouge massacre that left three police officers dead.
For those wondering if the Trump team only selected events where perpetrators were allegedly Muslim to prove their point, the answer is yes.
That is exactly what they tried to do with the list.
Perhaps the administration thought the release would also serve as an argument for Trump’s immigration ban on seven Muslim majority countries, but it did not seem to have worked out in their favor.
If anything, the list is just another proof of Trump’s extensive lies.
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