Donald Trump's war on his own credibility

Posted February 09, 2017

CNN's Jim Acosta tonight said he had been given a list by the White House to back up President Trump's claims on underreported terrorist attacks.

That second point is why what Trump is saying is so, so unsafe.

"With his comments on Monday, Trump implied that the media is complicit in making terrorists successful", criticized the Washington Post. During his brief remarks at the headquarters of the U.S. Central Command, the president seemed to make reference to his executive order banning immigration and visas from seven Muslim-majority nations that is now the subject of a number of legal challenges.

Analysts and journalists have discredited the terror attack list as an attempt by Trump to "bash" the media and possibly divert attention from his policies after his first two weeks as president. I stayed up all night watching the Nice coverage, and we spent days watching the response to the Paris attacks on every media outlet (remember all the coverage of the attractive flower memorials everyone left behind, including the adorable young French boy who asked his dad if the bad men were going to kill his family too?).

Orlando police officers seen outside of Pulse nightclub after a fatal shooting and hostage situation on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. That attack was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, the deadliest hate crime, and the deadliest terror attack since 9/11.

Both attacks were widely covered in Israel and overseas, though they received less worldwide attention than larger, deadlier attacks in Europe and the US.

He then went on to discuss the war against ISIS, which is when he accused the media of not reporting terror attacks.

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They discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other issues, including the issue of the Iranian nuclear weapons. Former Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Ereket said it exposed Israel's "true face" of "apartheid and colonialism".

"All over Europe, it's happening".

"The story is Trump, and how Trump makes decisions", Scarborough said. "They have their reasons, and you understand that", Trump added.

"In a darkened, mostly empty West Wing, Mr. Trump's provocative chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, finishes another 16-hour day planning new lines of attack", the Times reported.

Oddly, however, even though France experienced only 36 terrorist events in 2015 one out of 6 incidents on the White House lists references a terrorist attack in France.

The Trump White House suffered another defeat in their war with the media today as CNN immediately shot down a Sean Spicer lie about why the network turned down an offer to interview Kellyanne Conway.

The AP could not verify that each of the incidents had connections to the Islamic State group.

Omissions: The list of attacks is badly flawed, in part because of what's on it, but also because of what's not on it.

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