When President Donald Trump trashes the “fake news” media, it’s stories like these that completely reinforce his rhetoric.
In this particular case, it’s ABC News that is at fault. And to be clear, this is certainly not the first time ABC has been biased or misleading in their coverage of Trump.
But this might be one of the most egregious cases of ABC News letting its biases show.
As you might have heard by now, Trump’s cancellation of a trip to a World War I cemetery in France, where American soldiers were buried, caused all sorts of uproar from the president’s staunchest critics. (Warning: The offensive language is written in full in the original)
Do not let Trump’s failures as a President become so commonplace that you can’t feel outrage anymore. Read @davidfrum’s excellent thread about Trump’s failure to honor our WWI soldiers after flying to France because of…rain. https://t.co/iCnfu3d2f4
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) November 10, 2018
Of course, anti-Trump mainstream media outlets pounced on that narrative. NBC, for instance, headlined its story about it as a decision that “creates a storm of its own,”
Granted, the mainstream news outlets framed it as “look at all these people whose opinions we’re tacitly approving by reporting on it.” But even tacit approval or acknowledgement of opinions like the aforementioned tweets is distasteful at best — and not quite the unbiased journalism its being presented as.
To its credit, the AP did issue a correction, which ABC also posted.
“The story should have made clear that the Marine Corps and White House Military Office make the determination to ground the president’s helicopter due to bad weather. The military office then presents the recommendation to the White House in collaboration with the Secret Service,” the AP admitted in its correction.
So there you have it, all of this brouhaha over Trump’s cancellation of the trip to the World War I memorial should be a moot point.
As is clearly stated, the decision to cancel the trip was not Trump’s alone. It’s not a one-man call, it’s a decision made by multiple entities to ensure the safety of the president.
ABC News clearly didn’t feel that should’ve been the end of it though.
Notice the time stamp on the AP correction. It reads Nov. 11, 2018, 3:00 PM ET. Compare that to the time stamp of this ABC piece titled, “Trump’s rain check on honoring Americans killed in WWI prompts backlash.”
At the time of this publication, that time stamp still reads Nov. 11, 2018, 6:53 PM ET.
Nearly four hours after issuing a correction, ABC News still saw fit to run a blatantly misleading headline.
“Trump’s rain check” implies that this was his sole decision. Just hours earlier, ABC News literally published the AP piece acknowledging how misleading that narrative that was.
And yet they still saw fit to run that piece emboldening Trump’s critics with a misleading title.
Countless people undoubtedly read ABC News to get their updates on the world. That means countless people were being fed a patently false narrative by ABC News as well.
When Trump condemns the media as the “enemy of the people,” this is, quite literally, what he is talking about.
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