In a false statement to U.S. service members, Donald Trump has accused the media of intentionally not reporting on terror attacks like the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
Trump affirmed yesterday afternoon that the media has an agenda for not reporting on these terror attacks, naming events in the United States and Europe that the media has, in fact, widely reported on.
“Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland, as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando, to San Bernardino. And all across Europe. You’ve seen what happened in Paris, and Nice. All over Europe, it’s happening,” Trump told the soldiers present.
“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. They have their reasons and you understand that.”
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer promised to release a list of those attacks, walking back and telling reporters the president believes the terror attacks are “underreported.”
Yesterday evening, the White House did indeed release a list containing 78 acts of terror. But on that list were many attacks known to have been well-reported, such as the Pulse nightclub shooting.
On June 12, 2016, U.S.-born citizen Omar Mateen entered the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and opened fire, killing 49 people and injuring 53.
Media from around the world descended on Orlando to cover the tragedy, including non-stop live coverage from major networks like CNN, MSNBC and FOX News.
The terror attacks in San Bernardino and in Paris and Nice, France were also on the list but, once again, these were also widely reported events.
Reports the Washington Post: “White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said that ‘the real point here is that these terrorists attacks are so pervasive at this point that they do not spark the wall-to-wall coverage they once did.'”
The Post also notes that the list “omits attacks that didn’t involve a Muslim or Islamic state sympathetic attacker.”
Anderson Cooper took issue with Trump’s accusation that the news media didn’t cover acts of terrorism and took the personal privilege to show footage of himself covering the acts of terrorism. Watch his response below: