President Donald Trump told an audience of military soldiers in Tampa, Florida today that the media is not covering acts of terrorism anymore. “They have their reasons, and you understand that,” Trump said. The White House released a list of 78 terror attacks that the president was referring to that the media “downplayed” or did not report on. The list includes the San Bernardino terrorist attacks, the Paris attacks, the Nice truck attack and more.
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.
“Not only did we cover many of the attacks on that list, we covered them heavily,” Cooper began. “I know, because I was on the ground reporting a number of them. CNN was on the ground in Ottawa, Canada, when a gunman killed someone at the tomb of the unknown soldier. I was in Orlando, I flew there right after the news broke. December 2015, that was on the list, San Bernardino. I was there, 14 people killed and 21 wounded in coordinated attacks. This was a month after I reported on the carnage in Paris, where terrorists killed 130 people and wounded many others. To be sure, this program did not cover each and every incident on the list, however other programs, as well as CNN International, covered most if not all of them, most of them exhaustively.”
Political commentator Ryan Lizza wondered why the White House seems so obsessed about getting people to focus on terrorist attacks.
Democratic consultant Maria Cardona speculated that it could be part of Trump’s strategy to gin up fear among Americans about possible terrorist attacks again.
“I think he wants to blame the media or blame the judge to have everybody talking about terrorism so that there is a reason that the judiciary will give him standing to pass what he wants to pass,” Cardona said.
Daily Beast columnist Matt Lewis noted that that cable news often plays up terrorist attacks because they have 24 hours of air time to fill. He even quoted the old newspaper adage “if it bleeds it leads” as evidence.
See the full exchange below:
Nicolle Wallace tells Colbert why she cursed at Fox News host Laura Ingraham — and that she left the GOP
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace appeared on Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" Wednesday after spending hours analyzing the impeachment hearings that began that morning.
One of the first things Colbert asked about was the recent smackdown from Wallace about Fox News host Laura Ingraham and her guests going after Col. Alexander Vindman. Ingraham proposed that because Vindman was born in Ukraine that he was somehow a traitor to the United States for coming forward about President Donald Trump's admitted crimes.
‘It takes a small mind to want to out a whistleblower’: Rachel Maddow blasts Trump and GOP
In an analysis of the first day of impeachment, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained to late-night comedian Jimmy Fallon why the impeachment hearings were a lot more rational than she anticipated.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) switched committees just to appear and ask questions and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) humiliated himself, but aside from that, Maddow said she was surprised there were reasonable questions, and everyone remained calm.
Seth Meyers mocks Devin Nunes saying Dems wanted to find nude photos of Trump: ‘Literally no one wants that’
"Late Night" host Seth Meyers ridiculed Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his absurd line of questioning that accused Democrats of the impeachment is the same as the Russia scandal.
Nunes said that Democrats want the world to forget about their efforts to obtain nude photos of Trump, something Meyers countered with actual sense.
"Hey man, I guarantee you no one wants nude pictures of Donald Trump," Meyers said. "I'm not crazy about clothed pictures of Donald Trump. Also, I have to believe that if there were nude pictures of Donald Trump, the first person to show them would be Donald Trump. He'd probably hold a press conference with a giant poster board."