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Associated Press Says Trump Called Media ‘Enemy of the People.’ Just One Small Problem.

Does the media ever tell the truth anymore?

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Early Monday morning, the Associated Press blasted a headline which was guaranteed to catch the attention of Americans all across the country, one that was intended to outrage folks, push an agenda, and earn some much needed clicks for their overall news site.

What was the headline?

“Trump says media is ‘Enemy’ after shooting, bomb plot.”

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There’s just one teeny, tiny problem. He didn’t actually say that.

The article said:

President Donald Trump on Monday accused the media of being “the true Enemy of People” in the wake of a mass shooting and a mail bomb plot.

Trump tweeted: “There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news.” He added that the media “must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly.”

But something jumped out right away. Why the partial quote? Why did the AP edit Trump’s posts on Twitter? And why didn’t the news service include the tweet itself?

The answers were quite simple: Because what Trump said and what the AP wanted to say Trump said were two completely different things.

Here’s what Trump said (and we’ll run the two tweets he posted, too):

“There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame…” the first tweet said. The second finished the thought: “….of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!”

Trump never said the media was the “enemy of the people.” He said the “fake news media” is the “true enemy of the people.” There’s a pretty big difference between the two, but for whatever reason, the Associated Press decided it wasn’t important to include that part of the quote, which provides clarification and context for the entire statement.

Not only do they not post the entire tweet, they also attempt later in the piece to link Trump to the bomb package sent to CNN.

Throughout his campaign and presidency, Trump has been an unrelenting critic of the media. Last week, the New York offices of CNN, the cable network frequently attacked by Trump and his supporters, was evacuated after receiving an explosive device and an envelope containing white powder.

While stopping short of blaming Trump’s rhetoric for inspiring the attacks, Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN Worldwide, contended there was a “total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media.”

At the end of the day, the job of the news media is to gather the facts and deliver them, unaltered or filtered, to the masses who read or watch their news product. It is then up to individuals to take that information and use it to draw conclusions about issues and take action.

Unfortunately, the media is now about spoon feeding the audience information that has been processed and disseminated through a particular worldview lens rather than trusting folks to make up their own minds.

Source: Daily Wire

 

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