Forgive me for being quiet the last couple of days, but I’ve been a bit under the weather. I wasn’t paying attention to anything going on in the world.
This morning, I was checking what I missed on Twitter to see if there was any news worth looking into.
What I found was shocking, and yet entirely expected: Donald Trump was speaking at a roundtable on sanctuary cities, and the media mischaracterized what he said in an effort to make it seem way, way more horrifying.
If you saw the event, then you know it was about immigration. That’s what the media knew, too. Suddenly, we see this quote popping up all over the place.
President Trump during California #SanctuaryCities Roundtable: "These aren't people. These are animals."
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 16, 2018
Wait, what? That can’t be right. Surely even Trump BY NOW would know better.
It is reprehensible to post this clip without noting that Trump was asked a question about the MS-13 gang members crossing the border.
This quote is flying around without that extremely important context, and that does not happen by accident. https://t.co/oQRsa7hWXm
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) May 17, 2018
Well, so long as it was just C-SPAN, then I guess it’s fi-…
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 16, 2018
Analysis: Calling immigrants "animals," Trump evokes an ugly history of dehumanization https://t.co/EfkVryL4vE
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 17, 2018
At a certain point you run out of language strong enough to describe and condemn the president's bigotry. It's vile.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 16, 2018
Interestingly enough, the one media outlet that got it right? CNN.
“These aren’t people. These are animals,” Trump says in response to a question about the MS-13 gang during his roundtable on sanctuary cities. “… because of the weak laws, they come in fast” https://t.co/FfO3D5ug97
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 16, 2018
If the folks who work for the major media outlets want to understand why public faith in them is down to record lows, they need only look to themselves for the answer.
People across America have no faith that anyone in the media is telling them the truth anymore. Everything is now spun to fit a narrative, and the narrative, in this case, is that Trump is a vile racist who hates people of color.
In reality, Trump was speaking out against a violent gang – one the media pretended didn’t exist until they could no longer deny it – and one whose growth in America is a direct result of a lack of enforceable law that would hamper that growth.
No, it is way more simple to say that Trump is a bigot and move on to the next thing that they can find to attack him with, all because they don’t like him.
And don’t for one minute think that this is something that is unique to Trump. Mitt Romney, in running against Barack Obama, was labeled a killer. Any Republican who would’ve won in 2016 would be facing the same media hostility at Trump. Trump just makes it easy at times.
But, even after he makes it easy by attacking the media and being untruthful himself at times, the media will purposefully lie about what he says in order to spin a narrative.
That willingness to lie is why there is no public trust in the media. The fact that such a blatant mischaracterization was made across several prominent media outlets is why people turn away from media and to their own social media networks for news.
The media has made their bed with shameful acts like this.