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Yesterday President Trump addressed the nation following two shooting attacks in Texas and Ohio. Pundits and commentators demanded he do so, that he strike a note that comforted and reassured the American people. And he did. Yesterday we definitely saw “good Trump,” looking presidential and sounding professional.
The First Lady and I join all Americans in praying and grieving for the victims, their families, and the survivors. We will stand by their side FOREVER! pic.twitter.com/zOQLvAuXoh
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019
The same pundits who called for Trump to make a statement decided it didn’t matter what he said, nothing would ever be good enough.
Ana Navarro 10 hours ago: "Trump cannot speak against: white supremacist domestic terrorism."
***Trump speaks out against white supremacist domestic terrorism***
Ana Navarro now: "I don't give a damn what Trump says"
You literally cannot make this up. pic.twitter.com/Ic2vkM9kiu
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 5, 2019
They couldn’t give credit where it was due, instead obsessing over a Teleprompter typo:
Trump had one job: read a script off a Teleprompter & pretend to care about racism. That's it. He said Toledo instead of Dayton. Just pause and reflect. That means the entire Administration couldn't even give a single F to get the city right. The writers, editors, Trump. No one.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 5, 2019
And the same individuals blaming the El Paso shooting on President Trump’s rhetoric were willfully ignorant of the impact of their own:
We need to call it out: Fox News is a hate-for-profit machine that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists. https://t.co/f1QkIE7sbB
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 4, 2019
If you work for Fox News, advertise on Fox News, or support Fox News in any way, you are enabling the spread of White Nationalism in America and probably making a pretty penny doing so. https://t.co/v5pTrNIlDz
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) August 5, 2019
And the result of this kind of charged rhetoric? We saw it on Senator Mitch McConnell’s lawn last night in Kentucky:
As perhaps a result of all of this, the New York Times did something responsible: they reported straight on the President’s remarks. Of course, that’s not acceptable for the Resistance, and Twitter pounced on their headline so ferociously, they changed it for future editions:
New York Times releases a second edition with a different headline after Twitter backlash and liberals announce they’re canceling subscriptions. pic.twitter.com/fxLav5pQHP
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) August 6, 2019
The first headline read “Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism” while the second said “Assailing Hate But Not Guns.” The journalists of Twitter would not stand for the Times not editorializing their news coverage of the President and his response, and it’s telling how incapable the mainstream media and those who work in it are to tell the difference between fact and opinion. This was a typical and frightening exchange I had on Twitter:
I can’t help but think back to when I was a kid reading the newspaper, and my teachers would ask us “fact or opinion?” A lot of journalists may want to head back to first grade for a refresher course.