For months, the media has been claiming that Donald Trump’s presidency would serve to legitimize white nationalism. Despite the fact that white nationalists only represent a small percentage of the population, many news organizations have been claiming it’s a rising problem.
In the Charlottesville protest, they finally had the story they needed to endlessly push their desired narrative.
Of course, this isn’t the first protest that has resulted in bloodshed. In recent months, the country has seen an uptick in demonstrations that have turned violent. However, the media excused away much of that violence, most of which was carried out by left-wing extremists.
For the media, selective reporting is key to the fake news agenda.
In the aftermath of Charlottesville, many in the media began clamoring for Trump to disavow these far-right groups. Nevermind that popular leftists like Bernie Sanders are never made to answer for Antifa, Trump is somehow responsible for the actions of fringe groups. Even when Trump did issue a statement, the media reacted with predictable disdain. When it comes to Trump, nothing is ever good enough.
Eventually, Trump issued yet another statement, this time specifically condemning far-right extremist groups.
Never satisfied, the media began finding other ways to attack Trump. However, CNN took things a step too far, attacking the president for the condolences he offered to one of the victims. Shortly after, the network got busted once again for publishing a misleading story.
Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, released a statement on Monday thanking President Trump for kind words condemning violence and giving his condolences to the victims of the Charlottesville incident over the weekend. Heather Heyer passed away after a man drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters to the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past Saturday.
Bro said in a statement, “Thank you, President Trump, for those words of comfort and for denouncing those who promote violence and hatred. My condolences, also, to their grieving families of the two state troopers and quick recovery for those injured.”
However, CNN was running with a different narrative:
Meanwhile, CNN alleged that Susan Bro was no fan of President Trump and would not want his condolences, citing one of Bro’s friends.
Bro’s friend, Marisa Blair, said on CNN, “Heather would not want his condolences. She would not want him to speak her name.”
CNN’s story didn’t go unnoticed by Trump:
President Donald Trump attacked CNN’s fake news reporting on Monday, charging that the media will never be satisfied with his remarks to the victims of violence.
Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied…truly bad people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
Once again, CNN was caught selectively covering the story that fit their narrative. Instead of going straight to the source, the network published quotes from alternative sources. Predictably, their reporting was quickly contradicted by the victim’s actual family. So much for the most trusted name in news.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]