Robert Spencer: Trump Says Media Not Reporting Terror Attacks, Media Says Trump Team Making Them Up

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    Author: Robert Spencer

    Speaking last week to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, headquarters of the U.S. Central Command, President Trump declared that establishment propaganda media was not reporting terrorist attacks: “It’s gotten to a point,” he said, “where it’s not even reported, and in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t even want to report it.”

    If you open your window right now, you will be able to hear the New York Times and the Washington Post and CNN and the BBC and all the rest collectively screaming, “Oh yes we do!” But President Trump is correct. He said: “It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even reported, and in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t even want to report it.” The establishment propaganda media has taken this to mean that he was claiming they didn’t even mention the attacks. They did. But in virtually all cases, they did all they could to obscure the motivating ideology behind those attacks. They deliberately conceal and/or misrepresent the aspects of them that make it clear that they’re Islamic jihad attacks. This is in accord with the guidelines of the Society of Professional Journalists, which tells journalists not to connect Islam with terrorism, and to obscure that connection wherever possible.

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    One notorious example of this is the Orlando massacre. Mainstream news outlets claimed that Omar Mateen was a conflicted gay man lashing out at other gays. This was outright disinformation: the FBI later announced that there was no evidence that he was gay, no gay apps on his phone, etc. Few outlets published his actual remarks, making it clear that he was killing for the Islamic State and Islam. The coverage of terrorist incidents in general in the establishment media deliberately misleads the public.

    Meanwhile, however, instead of taking Trump’s remarks as an occasion for some introspection and reform, establishment media outlets seized on erroneous statements by Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway and press secretary Sean Spicer to accuse the Trump administration of fabricating terror attacks. Zack Beauchamp of the hard-Left Vox reported that “in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews,” Conway “made up a terrorist attack committed by Iraqi refugees that never happened — the ‘Bowling Green Massacre.’” In reality, as Beauchamp explained, there was no jihad massacre in Bowling Green, but two Iraqi jihad terrorists were discovered to be living there in 2011.

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