They just proved President Donald Trump’s points on two fronts. And they further solidified the reason why so many Americans don’t trust establishment media.
Part of the mainstream media’s protest against Trump’s first prime-time address from the Oval Office being aired on the broadcast networks Tuesday revolved around the claim that “he lies all the time” (as Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler told MSNBC in December.)
In response to this, some media types spoke about how they were going to “fact check” his speech.
CBS was one of the outlets that provided fact checking, but part of the network’s analysis disappeared after it proved President Trump’s point. But they aren’t “fake news” or biased against him in their reporting, right?
Of note is the fact that for the most part, their fact checking supports Trump’s speech as being true. So why did they completely remove one of the facts they checked?
Let’s review what they removed without so much as an editorial note to explain it. It dealt specifically with the harm that comes to women who migrate here illegally.
Because “the internet is forever,” an archived version of their original report exists online for all the world to see. In it, the second fact check listed is about that harm that comes to women.
It reads: “Fact check: Number of women sexually assaulted on trip to border
CLAIM: The president claimed one in three women have been sexually assaulted traveling to the border.
FACT CHECK: Between 60 percent and 80 percent of female migrants traveling through Mexico are raped along the way, Amnesty International estimates.”
So, the president was right about the harm, but he actually understated the danger.
Now let’s look at what the CBS report, as it currently exists on their website, says about the matter… Actually, it says nothing at all.
The facts about sexual assault on women have been removed.
If CBS executives thought they could get away with the deletion without it being noticed, they were sadly mistaken. More than one person on social media pointed out what they did.
LMFAO!! CBS News updated their fact check website on #TrumpAddress and deleted the fact the crisis on the border is worse for women than Trump stated. Trump said 1/3 women are raped/sexually assaulted while illegally migrating to the US, it’s actually about 4/5. pic.twitter.com/KrTVkYMqbr
— Jim Crossman (@jcnseoul) January 9, 2019
Why did they remove that fact check when others also show he was truthful?
Perhaps because harm to women and children is a talking point the left has embraced in their attacks against the president.
By showing that his point was valid, and that he even understated the danger, the fact checkers also showed that the left’s encouragement of illegal immigration actually put women at risk.
They no longer have the “moral high ground” they claim to have.
Perhaps that was one “fact check” too far. Perhaps that was too close to exposing the left’s hypocrisy to be allowed to stand.
The fact the segment was removed from the report without so much as an editorial note is suspicious and — not at all in alignment with the ethical standards of good journalism.
It raises questions about how honest the rest of the White House coverage from CBS — and, by extension, the mainstream media — actually is.
Their actions not only showed Trump was truthful about women being in danger when they migrate here illegally, but also that Americans have a reason to not fully trust establishment media.
CBS did not do itself any favors by removing the fact check without an explanation.
But they helped the president in two ways — first by emphasizing just how right he was on the point about the dangers illegal immigration poses to women, and second by showing Americans once again why the mainstream media cannot be trusted.
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