Trump’s List of ‘Unreported’ Terror Attacks is Out, and it’s Absurd
by Rika Christensen –
On Monday, Trump said to a crowd at MacDill Air Force Base that the “very dishonest media” wasn’t reporting on the terror attacks that are happening all across Europe all the time. Later on, the media pressed Sean Spicer on that topic while aboard Air Force One, and Spicer’s response was to say that they’d provide a list “later on.” Well, that list is out, and surprise surprise, it’s completely ridiculous.
Since Trump’s comments focused on Europe and, by extension, the U.S., the following lists are focused there, despite many, many other attacks happening around the world.
Perhaps one of the most ridiculous things about the White House’s list of attacks is that it includes high-profile attacks that were covered for days on end, such as the 2015 attack against Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and the fateful attack at a Paris club in November. It also includes two foiled attacks that were also widely reported. Broken down:
- January Charlie Hebdo attack, Paris: CNN, The New York Times, NBC News, The Washington Times, The New Yorker, and pretty much everyone there is
- April foiled church attack, Paris: CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, Vice, ABC News, Fox News, and more
- August foiled train attack, Paris: CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Post, Business Insider, NBC News, Fox News, and more
- November nightclub attack, Paris: CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, Time, and pretty much everyone else
- Then there was the February 2015 attack by truck in Nice, France: CNN, Time, NBC News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ABC News, CNBC, CBS News, and more
They also list several attacks in France in 2016 that were covered extensively.
But that’s Europe. What about the attacks they list here in the U.S. that supposedly weren’t covered, or weren’t covered extensively enough? Like the following:
- Garland, Texas, in May 2015: CNN, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, CBS News, NBC News, USA Today, NPR, and more, including local news outlets
- Foiled attack in Boston, June 2015: The Washington Post, ABC News, CNN, CBS News, Reuters, USA Today, and more
- UC Merced, California stabbings in November 2015: New York Daily News, KTLA, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, NBC News, Chicago Tribune, and more, including local news outlets
- San Bernardino shooting in December 2015 (what???): The Los Angeles Times, CNN, ABC News, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Post, and literally everyone else
- Philadelphia, PA attack on cops in January 2016: CNN, Reuters, ABC News, CNBC, Fox News, CBS News, USA Today, and more
- Orlando in June 2016 (come again?), CNN, The Daily Beast, CBS News, The New York Times, NPR, Newsweek, Slate, Time, The Orlando Sentinel, and literally everyone else
- St. Cloud, MN mall attack in September of 2016: Star Tribune, CNN, USA Today, NBC News, Reuters, CBS News, The Associated Press, and more
- New York, Seaside Park and Elizabeth, NJ in Sept of 2016: CNN, NBC News, USA Today, Reuters, PBS, Slate, New York Post, and more
- Ohio State University attack in November 2016: USA Today, CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, ABC News, Chicago Tribune, and more
Really? So far we’ve looked closely at 18 of the attacks listed, and they were all widely covered by U.S. media. Trump and his minions insist that we’re not covering attacks in Europe hardly at all, and then they provide a list with 30 attacks that are in the Middle East, parts of Asia, and in Indonesia and the Philippines.
Those attacks are terrible and tragic, too, but again, Trump didn’t say anything about us not covering attacks in those regions. He probably didn’t even think about those regions until whoever it was that compiled that list gave it to him (if they gave it to him).
But the biggest falsehood is that the media isn’t reporting, or is underreporting, on these attacks. It’s like they hurriedly compiled a list of terror attacks worldwide from Wikipedia and couldn’t be bothered to proofread, let alone research. There are spelling errors in addition to the lie that the media covers up attacks. Our dishonest “president,” has a lot of nerve accusing the media of actively covering up terrorist attacks.
The full list, as provided to CNN, is below. Feel free to Google whatever you want:
Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info