The mainstream media's apoplectic reaction to "all things Trump" has caused even the most ardent opponents of the president to now support the commander-in-chief in the face of outright lies spurred by CNN, The New York Times, and the Associated Press, and virtually every other non-conservative news outlet since Trump announced his candidacy in 2015.
But, this week the media may have reached their lowest point ever in terms of dishonest coverage, Multiple news outlets and commentators ran with the ridiculous and sensationalist notion that President Trump referred to immigrants as "animals." Of course, it is now obvious that President Trump was not referring to immigrants nor even illegal immigrants as animals, but rather referring specifically to violent gang members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha-13 gang, more commonly known as MS-13.
As Lauretta noted, CNN and the Associated Press updated their stories, but only after being pressured by conservatives and White House.
The Associated Press had to delete a tweet Thursday that portrayed President Trump’s remarks during a meeting Wednesday as referring to illegal immigrants generally rather than violent MS-13 gang members. CNN updated a tweet that quoted the remarks without the context that they were about MS-13 although the article linked in the original tweet did provide that context.
As reported in the article above, Trump’s remarks late Wednesday were in response to comments about members of MS-13 and other undocumented immigrants who are deported for committing crimes.— CNN (@CNN) May 17, 2018
AP has deleted a tweet from late Wednesday on Trump’s “animals” comment about immigrants because it wasn’t made clear that he was speaking after a comment about gang members.— The Associated Press (@AP) May 17, 2018President Trump said “these aren’t people, these are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before,” Wednesday in response to remarks about MS-13.
The New York Times has yet to issue any sort of correction or clarification despite tweeting out a story that the remarks were about illegal immigrants, not just MS-13. President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., called them out Thursday.
Weird what happenes when you take out the first sentence specifically talking about MS-13 gang members. Not surprising that you would conveniently ignore that but I would think your readers deserve the truth not your chosen narrative. How does this even pass for “journalism”? https://t.co/fb6MRzUAjW— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 17, 2018
“The president was very clearly referring to MS-13 gang members who enter our country illegally,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday.
“If liberals and the media want to defend MS-13 they are welcome to,” she added
The New York Times eventually issued a tweet with some clarification of the remarks, but categorized the story as if Trump was defending his remarks rather than admitting that the newspaper had willfully deceived its readers.
President Trump defended his use of the word “animals” to describe dangerous criminals trying to cross into the U.S. illegally, saying that he had been referring to members of the brutal transnational gang MS-13 https://t.co/rhCl35VpxL— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 17, 2018
But for some, the damage was already done. The media's dishonesty was so bad this week that Glenn Beck, who has whole heartedly been against Trump throughout his campaign and presidency, announced he would vote for Trump in 2020.
“Media, if you can get me, Glenn Beck, to do this,” he said, “If you can drive me to the point to where I say, ‘You know what, I’ve had enough; I’ll vote for him in 2020’– you’re making a gigantic mistake.”
The segment can be watched below.