Donald Trump’s White House sent shockwaves through the mainstream media on Monday night when it released a list of terrorist attacks that have been underreported on by reporters.
The Daily Caller reported that CNN’s Jim Acosta said he was given a list of 78 attacks by an official as he stood outside the White House. He said the list included attacks like Paris, Brussels, Nice, Istanbul and San Bernardino.
CNN: White House offers list of 78 attacks to back up Trump’s “unreported” claim, including Paris, Brussels, Nice, Istanbul & San Bernardino pic.twitter.com/F0OVGaFjBe
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) February 7, 2017
CNN’s Dan Merica said that he was told by someone in the White House that “most of these attacks did not receive adequate attention from Western media sources.”
A White House official says “most” of these 78 attacks since 2014 have not received enough attention from media. pic.twitter.com/v66rcHxAFI
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) February 7, 2017
Here’s the list the White House sent of attacks they feel “did not receive adequate attention from Western media sources.” pic.twitter.com/lj8eOZQfnY
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) February 7, 2017
This came hours after Trump accused the “dishonest press” of failing to comprehensively cover terror attacks during a speech at the MacDill Air Force Base.
“It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even reported, and in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t even want to report it,” Trump said.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later clarified Trump’s comments, telling reporters that terrorist attacks “aren’t exactly covered to a degree on which they should be.”
“[The president] felt members of the media don’t always cover some of those events to the extent that other events might get covered,” Spicer said. “Protests will get blown out of the water, and yet an attack or a foiled attack doesn’t necessarily get the same coverage.”
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