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Trump: The Media Is ‘Dishonest’ For Refusing To Report Terrorist Attacks

President Trump, continuing his war of words with the news media, alleged Monday that reporters are refusing to cover terror strikes around the world.

In the president’s first speech to military officers, at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., he listed some of the attacks that he said “radical Islamic terrorists” have committed since 9/11. Trump mentioned recent incidents in Paris and Nice, France. “It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported, and in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it,” he said. “They have their reasons and you understand that.”

According to The Hill, the president cited no evidence to substantiate his claim. The news site reported that “terror attacks both at home and abroad often spark blanket coverage on cable news networks, newspapers and online outlets.” The Hill also noted that journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff were among the first Americans to die in the Middle East at the hands of ISIS.

Trump has been ridiculing the news media since launching his presidential campaign in 2015. He frequently used the word “dishonest” to describe reporters he accuses of failing to acknowledge the size of the crowds at his campaign rallies. The president continues to falsely refute news reports that fewer people attended his inauguration than Barack Obama’s first oath of office in 2008.

On Monday, Trump doubled down on his criticism of The New York Times, which he often refers to as a “dying newspaper.” The Times has been merciless in its negative coverage of the president and his administration.

In addition, Trump is still insisting that he is more popular than national opinion polls suggest. Numerous recent surveys have indicated he has the lowest public approval rating of any incoming president since such polling began.

Another complaint by Trump is that the media are wrong in reporting that Stephen Bannon, the former Breitbart News chief who is the president’s top strategist, has been granted too much power. “I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it,” Trump tweeted. “Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!”

Source: The Hill
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