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LETTERS

Media still purveying fake news on Trump, Charlottesville

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Mark Goddard

Friday, March 22, 2019

Anyone who follows the President Trump-hating, dishonest media knows that it perpetuates “fake news” on an almost daily basis. Every major poll on the subject states that between 92 percent and 93 percent of all Trump stories are projected in a negative manner. Imagine if President Obama had even half of the economic, judicial and foreign affairs successes as Trump. Jim Acosta and the media, better known as the right arm of the Democratic Party, would be demanding Obama be placed on Mt. Rushmore, even though a Democratic president will never appear there.

Just one of countless examples of lies, falsehoods, mistruths and blatant fake news that the media have run with as fact is the August 2017 Charlottesville story that President Trump referred to neo-Nazis as “very fine people.”

Wrong! Trump in fact stated that there were “very fine people on both sides in Charlottesville.” The media know darn well that Trump condemned the neo-Nazis several times during his initial press conference, and used “very fine people” specifically to refer to people who were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. We can debate all day about the taking down of Confederate statues. What we can’t debate is the truth and why the media feel the need to perpetuate this lie all these years later. Just last week, CNN’s Chris Cuomo played a clip of neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville, then immediately cut to Trump saying at a press conference, “And you had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.”

On Friday, March 8, Anderson Cooper, attempted to rebut Trump’s claims about Democrats being “anti-Jewish,” read a list of statements that Trump’s critics have attempted to use to accuse him of anti-Semitism. Like Cuomo, Cooper ran the clip of neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville, followed by Trump making the “very fine people” statement. CNN appears to have a policy of deliberately disregarding what the president actually stated in Charlottesville, and reporting what he did not say, even editing video deceptively to create a false reality. This is CNN.

Mark Goddard

Moyock

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