President Donald Trump gestures towards members on the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, after returning from United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
This afternoon, President Trump and Italian President Sergio Mattarella held a press conference at the White House. One of the questioners was ABC’s Jon Karl. Karl’s presence was nearly guaranteed to be a lightning rod because Karl has been in the middle of demanding that President Trump “condemn” a video he had nothing to do with because it resulted in hurt feelings and soiled undies.
The video reportedly played this weekend at a conference organized by the President’s supporters at Trump National Doral is vile and dangerous. Here is my statement on behalf of @whca pic.twitter.com/fOZLMhsi7P
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) October 14, 2019
The video is a meme created from the church massacre scene in the (I thought until the media started squirting feces from their skin pores over it) comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service. Presented for your enjoyment:
They demand the condemnation because they are a priesthood and we aren’t allowed to mock them.
Anyway, at the press conference, Karl asked a snide and tendentious question
After taking a question from @jonkarl of @ABC News during a press conference, @realDonaldTrump ripped ABC for airing a video that the network claimed was footage from Syria. It was actually from a range shoot in Kentucky.
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) October 16, 2019
Even after all you have seen — ISIS prisoners freed, all the humanitarian disaster — you don’t have any regret for giving Erdogan the greenlight to invade?
President Trump rejected the question and then gave Karl a taste of the condemnation treatment:
When you ask a question like that, it’s very deceptive, Jon, it’s almost as deceptive as you showing all of the bombings taking place in Syria and it turned out the bombing you showed on television took place in Kentucky. I’m not even sure ABC apologized for that [note–they tweeted an apology but have yet to make an on air apology or retraction]. But certainly, it was a terrible thing. I was looking at that and think, “Wow, that’s pretty bad,” and it was in Kentucky, it wasn’t in Syria. So I don’t know what you’re going to do about that, but I think ABC owes an apology.
What President Trump was referring to was the incident I posted on in ABC News Perpetrates a Fraud on the Nation and the Intrepid Media Fact Check Organizations Are Totally Missing in Action. ABC deliberately, and I say that admiringly because if they didn’t do it deliberately then it is probably the most buffoonish and incompetent news organization ever, used video from a civilian automatic weapons range in Kentucky and claimed it was in Syria.
I’m sure there will be a lot of sniveling over this and The Bulwark and The Dispatch boys and girls will be gravely offended that the President is publicly calling out a news organization for engaging in a political propaganda campaign to damage his administration, but this is needed and it needs to be done constantly. Unless the media decide to clean up their act and behave as though they were not an arm of the Democrat party, every Republican and conservative should treat them as though they are the enemy.