The disappearance and murder of 20-year-old Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts stunned a nation. And then, suddenly, it was dropped.
Media outlets would say it was because of the fact that more important things have happened — after all, Hurricane Lane hit Hawaii and Hurricane Michael Cohen (and his sudden ubiquity) hit Washington.
President Donald Trump, however, thinks that the answer is something a little different: Cristhian Rivera.
Rivera is the 24-year-old illegal immigrant charged with murdering Tibbetts. Speaking at a dinner for the Ohio Republican Party this week, Trump said that the establishment media “didn’t want to cover it the way it should be covered” after they found out who the suspect was.
“Just this week we learned that Iowa authorities have charged an illegal alien in the murder of a college student — Mollie Tibbetts,” Trump said, according to Breitbart.
He noted that “everybody was talking about Mollie,” who he described as a “beautiful, wonderful, incredible person.”
He also noted the media’s constant speculation that Tibbetts had been sighted and her father’s hope that she would come back alive.
“This went on for a long time,” the president said. “When they found out that it was this horrible illegal immigrant that viciously killed her, all of a sudden that story went down. They didn’t want to cover it the way it should be covered.
“What happened to Mollie was a disgrace and our hearts go out. We mourn for Mollie’s family,” he continued.
The media, meanwhile, has focused less on the killing than on a video in which the president noted that Tibbetts had been “permanently separated from her family.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018
“A person came in from Mexico, illegally, and killed her. We need the wall. We need our immigration laws changed. We need our border laws changed.”
“Permanently separated. Obvious as it is offensive,” CNN’s Chris Cuomo said.
Obvious as was the sudden decision to drop coverage of the Tibbetts case once it became clear the primary suspect was an illegal immigrant. (It’s worth noting the president probably ought to have mentioned he is still a suspect until he is convicted, something which his lawyers will obviously try to use to get their client out of his charge — but otherwise he’s spot on.)
Obvious as was how the phrase “permanently separated” became part of CNN’s lexicon during the drummed-up family separation crisis of 2018, a media-created event in which a fake story was hyped up and then use to hype up a kind-of-real story where the majority of the facts were deliberately ignored and obviously used to distract from good economic news.
Offensive? I don’t know. I tend to find an alleged murder by an illegal immigrant more offensive than someone trying to stop alleged murders committed by illegal immigrants.
This is just me, however. I’m not Chris Cuomo or anyone on CNN.
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