Just completely not true
The Trump Administration is getting heat after releasing a list of 78 terrorist attacks with the claim that said attacks were under-reported by the media.
The reason for this list is that on Monday Donald Trump met with military leaders in Tampa, Florida. He spoke to these leaders about terrorist attacks in Europe and stated that, “in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it,” he then added, “They have their reasons, and you understand that.”
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, was later asked for specifics to this claim and replied saying, “We’ll provide a list later. There’s several instances … There’s a lot of instances that have occurred where I don’t think they’ve gotten the coverage it deserved.”
That list was indeed released later and included domestic and international incidents starting from Abdul Numan Haider’s attack of two police officers in Melbourne back in September 2014 to the recent Anis Amri attack in which he drove a truck into a crowded market in Berlin this past December.
While the list includes multiple errors and spelling mistakes, including San Bernadino instead of San Bernardino, attaker instead of attacker, and Denmakr instead of Denmark, it also notably excludes many terror attacks that occurred in the Middle East.
The largest issue that’s been found with this the list is that several of the attacks included were widely reported on. Some of these attacks include the Paris attacks, the San Bernardino shootings, and the Pulse massacre.
The actual listing for the Pulse shooting goes as follows: “ORLANDO, FL, US. June, 2016. TARGET: 49 killed and 53 wounded in shooting at a nightclub ATTAKER [sic]: US person”.
The Orlando massacre happened last June in 2016. Omar Mateen, 29, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, walked into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida with the intent to kill.
After 3 hours of shootings and the holding of Pulse victims, the police were able to take Mateen down. Sadly, 49 people were reported as dead and many more were wounded.
Even after several media outlets have spoken out against this list and claim, Trump’s administration continues to push them.
The Guardian reports that Lindsay Walters, a White House spokesperson, said the list shows that the increasing frequency of these attacks has made media incapable of covering them all and noting some as unworthy of coverage. “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,” she said via email.
“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 – that networks are not devoting to each of them the same level of coverage they once did.
“This cannot be allowed to become the ‘new normal’, and the President, for one, is not going to be satisfied until the American people are much safer and more secure.”
CNN spoke to political analyst David Gergen, who was a former adviser to four US presidents. Gergen openly condemned Trump’s claims and list for their purpose of fear mongering and building distrust.
“I think this is one of the most outrageous claims the president has made, among many, because it really says, basically, that the press is not doing its job because it has its own political agenda,” he said. “It doesn’t want you to know the truth about how dangerous terrorism is. It doesn’t want to be out there, it’s just pulling a leftist agenda on you, which is clearly not true.”
“He engages in these falsehoods without producing any serious evidence. The list includes San Bernardino, as if the press didn’t cover that sufficiently. It’s just astonishing and it’s beneath the dignity of the presidency and I think it tears at the fabric of what holds us together as a people when we can’t trust each other, we can’t trust the White House, and he’s telling us we can’t trust the press. This is the way democracies come unraveled.”
By: Devin Randall