Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Not reporting, or under reporting, acts of terrorism

President Donald Trump says the U.S. media is not reporting, or under reporting, acts of terrorism.

The media has taken offense to the comments, and calls Trump a liar.

In the case of not reporting, or under-reporting, let me offer a few examples.

How much media attention was given to a unit of the New Mexico National Guard coming under attack by al Qaeda aligned Bedouins in the Sinai four years ago. Happened on the same week as the Benghazi attack.

Or how about another attack, the very same week, that delivered the US Marine Corps their worst loss of aircaft on the ground since WWII....

The Camp Bastion attack got some superficial coverage in some U.S. media, but not much.

Coming on the heels of the 2012 Democratic Convention, Democrat favoring US media perhaps thought it best to downplay the trifecta of al Qaeda ops, seeing as though John Kerry had assured us through the DNC that al Qaeda was on the run.

To what degree did US media report on the slaying of a Catholic priest in France last year? Some may have given it mention, but if you wanted detailed, you had to look across the pond to outlets like BBC or Daily Mail...

How eager is U.S. media to report on Taliban (or other) detainees released from Gitmo returning to the active terrorist roster?

During the Libyan uprising, U.S. media was woefully absent in questioning who the rebels were that Obama and Clinton were so eager to assist. If you read foreign accounts, many of those seeking to oust Gadaffi cut their combat teeth waging war against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq.

Trump's not nearly as off base as the uppitty media make it sound.

On CBS's Monday night news cast, they edited Trump's remarks to make it sound like terror attacks in the US were what he was speaking of. If you go and listen to Trump's address, he was specificially speaking of a wider, at least European view.

Anyone see Tina Fey's movie last year, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. As a correspondent in Afghanistan, Fey's character flies back to NYC, in an attempt to battle for more airtime. Fey's told by the network's boss that reseach shows American audiences don't want to see it, so such pieces will only recieve limited airing. Such is the mindset with much of the terrorism coverage by US media regarding incidents outside the U.S. The sensational gets attention, but bunches of smaller events get intentionally passed over.

By the way, for those who didn't see or hear Trump's address to the troops at MacDill, look it up online.  The men and women in the audience cheered wildly for their new commander-in-chief.

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