Anderson Cooper took the offensive against Donald Trump over his claim that the media is covering up terrorist attacks. Cooper has proof that Trump is lying: himself. He covered many of the incidents described in Trump’s released list of under-reported terrorist attacks.
Watch courtesy of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360:
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) February 7, 2017
To scenes of him on the scene at many of these terrorist attacks Trump claims went under-reported, Cooper said:
“Not only did we cover many of the attacks on that list, we covered them heavily. I know, because I was on the ground reporting a number of them. CNN was on the ground in Ottawa, Canada, when a gunman killed someone at the tomb of the unknown soldier. I was in Orlando, I flew there right after the news broke. December 2015, that was on the list, San Bernardino. I was there, 14 people killed and 21 wounded in coordinated attacks. This was a month after I reported on the carnage in Paris, where terrorists killed 130 people and wounded many others. To be sure, this program did not cover each and every incident on the list, however other programs, as well as CNN International, covered most if not all of them, most of them exhaustively.”
Trump unwisely invented out of whole cloth a story that the media was not reporting terrorist attacks. The mainstream media, gradually finding a backbone, called Trump out, which led to Sean Spicer’s promise to release a list of such attacks.
As reported, the list eventually provided was itself based on media reports of the attacks Trump claimed were unreported, thus not only failing to prove Trump’s claim but actually discrediting it.
The result is not at all what Donald Trump had hoped for, with this lie, like so many before it, collapsing under its own weight. Chock up another epic fail to Donald Trump’s incompetent White House lie machine.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.