8/16/2017

At The Hill: The media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville

I have a new piece at The Hill about how the media is completely distorting what Trump has said about Charlottesville.  The piece starts this way:
Has the media ever so deliberately and consistently misinterpreted what a president said? 
It certainly seems as if the media finally found its proof that President Trump is a racist. ABC News’ coverage was all too typical: 
Trump quickly blamed both sides for the conflict, adding that there were "very fine people" among both the protesters — which included white supremacists and white nationalists — and the counter protesters. 
"I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame on both sides," Trump said today. "You had some very bad people in that group. You also had some very fine people on both sides," he added. 
With wall-to-wall news coverage repeating this misreading of Trump’s statement, it’s not too surprising that politicians from both parties quickly condemned the “very fine people” comment. NBC’s headline read: “Democratic, Republican Lawmakers Decry Trump’s Latest Charlottesville Remarks.” Ohio Gov. John Kasich attacked Trump: “This is terrible. The President of the United States needs to condemn these kinds of hate groups. The president has to totally condemn this." 
Does anyone even listen to comments anymore before commenting on them?
When it comes to the president, do politicians just take reporters at their word?
But Trump never said that the white supremacists and neo-Nazis were “very fine people.” He said that there two different types of people protesting the taking down of the Robert E. Lee statue – the racists (“some very bad people in that group”), and people who thought that for the sake of history it was important not to take down the statue. 
Here is Trump’s own explanation from his press conference
Trump: “And you had people, and I'm not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. 
“OK? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.” . . . 
Reporter: “You were saying the press has treated white nationalists unfairly? (inaudible) understand what you're saying.” 
Trump: “No, no. There were people in that rally, and I looked the night before. If you look, they were people protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. I'm sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day, it looked like they had some rough, bad people – neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them. 
“But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest, because you know – I don't know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn't have a permit.” 
President Trump made it very clear that his comment did not pertain to “neo-Nazis and the white nationalists.” When a reporter misinterpreted his very clear statement, Trump again made it clear that the bad people were the “neo-Nazis, white nationalists.” . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

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Blogger Mike aka Proof said...

"Has the media ever so deliberately and consistently misinterpreted what a president said?"
Not a president, but a presidential candidate. Happened a little over a year ago to a man named Trump, when they said that he said 'all Mexicans are rapists'. They're still repeating that lie to this day!

8/17/2017 6:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your opinion piece is incredibly confusing. Trump said there were fine people on both sides, but not the neo nazis, kkk and white supremacists. Who were the fine people on the unite the right side? Everyone on that side was carrying a tiki torch and chanting anti-Semitic slogans. Even if someone was not chanting, they were still choosing to be part of a unite the right sponsored rally and standing next to a person chanting anti-Semitic remarks. What part of this am I missing that there was at least one fine person on that side?

8/19/2017 11:31 AM  

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