Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. CNN’s Tendentious Trump Coverage

 

This headline story on CNN.com is not labeled as “analysis.” It appears to be a “news” story. Here are the opening paragraphs, with emphasis added.

President Donald Trump on Friday made an impassioned appeal to his base while in the shadow of Mount Rushmore instead of striking a unifying tone, railing against what he called a “merciless campaign” by his political foes to erase history by removing monuments some say are symbols of racial oppression.

“As we meet here tonight there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for,” Trump warned.

He added, “Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.”

It was the kind of dark message the President has turned to often in recent weeks to incite his most loyal supporters as he attempts to ignore a pandemic in the face of skyrocketing coronavirus cases. While a more traditional president may have used an event at a national landmark to bring the country together, Trump once again looked to divide the nation in an attempt to fire up his most loyal supporters.

The official White House event bore all the hallmarks of a Trump campaign rally, with the added displays of American military might as the South Dakota Army and Air National Guards joined the US Air Force in conducting flyovers — the kind of highly produced stagecraft befitting a former reality television star. The 40-minute speech saw the President name drop many American heroes — and almost as many perceived political foes, including the schools in the nation’s cities, which he claimed without evidence teach students “to hate their own country.”

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  1. lowtech redneck Coolidge

    Time for the NeverTrumpers to jump in and denounce the speech for not being ‘inclusive’ toward anti-American Marxist bigots.

     

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    • July 3, 2020, at 10:09 PM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member

    Miffed White Male: This headline story on CNN.com is not labelled as “analysis”. It appears to be a “news” story.

    The clue is CNN. They don’t do news anymore. They gave it up years ago.

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    • July 3, 2020, at 10:25 PM PDT
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  3. Cow Girl Thatcher

    This is CNN…too bad, too. Thirty years ago when my husband was in Saudi Arabia with the Marines he worked for, (he was a civilian tech) CNN helped me and my children keep track of what was going on with our dad over there. He, of course, was not featured, but the brand-new news channel was really useful.

    They are totally unreliable and useless now.

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    • July 3, 2020, at 11:00 PM PDT
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  4. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Well, if that speech was intended to rouse his base, it certainly succeeded. On to victory!! Trump 2020!

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    • July 3, 2020, at 11:26 PM PDT
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  5. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Cow Girl (View Comment):

    This is CNN…too bad, too. Thirty years ago when my husband was in Saudi Arabia with the Marines he worked for, (he was a civilian tech) CNN helped me and my children keep track of what was going on with our dad over there. He, of course, was not featured, but the brand-new news channel was really useful.

    They are totally unreliable and useless now.

    CNN flourished in the Gulf War and withered thereafter; they just ran out of fuel for their news engine hand had nothing to burn but their credibility.

    I’d sneer more but this doesn’t just happen to 24-hour news outlets, it can happen to anyone and anything.

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    • July 4, 2020, at 12:11 AM PDT
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  6. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    This is why the Left hates Trump.

    Whatever he does, whatever he says, he is misrepresented.

    If he jumped in front of a speeding train and pushed a woman out of its path, he would receive no kudos from the press. The next day both the photo and the accompanying article would indicate that Trump had gone insane and then had pushed elderly people and babies out of his way so that he could push the woman in front of the train.

     

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    • July 4, 2020, at 12:44 AM PDT
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  7. She Reagan
    She Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Reading through the atrocious e-fishwrap of the linked article reminded me of a post I wrote in October of 2018:

    Mt. Rushmore: Enjoy it while you can.

    Yep. Pretty much.

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    • July 4, 2020, at 1:18 AM PDT
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  8. Kozak Member
    Kozak Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    New York Slimes.

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    • July 4, 2020, at 4:22 AM PDT
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  9. Unsk Member

    NYT ” Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Speech to Deliver Divisive Culture War Message”

    NOT!!!!

    A better rewrite would be:

    Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Speech to Defend America against a Divisive Culture War led by “new far-left fascism”.

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    • July 4, 2020, at 7:03 AM PDT
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  10. Hoyacon Member

    Washington Post:

    At Mount Rushmore, Trump exploits social divisions, warns of ‘left-wing cultural revolution,’ in dark speech ahead of Independence Day.

    The word of the day is “dark.” Pass it on.

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    • July 4, 2020, at 7:42 AM PDT
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  11. Arahant Member

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Washington Post:

    At Mount Rushmore, Trump exploits social divisions, warns of ‘left-wing cultural revolution,’ in dark speech ahead of Independence Day.

    The word of the day is “dark.” Pass it on.

    “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

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    • July 4, 2020, at 7:45 AM PDT
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  12. RightAngles Member

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    • July 4, 2020, at 7:57 AM PDT
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  13. Jon1979 Lincoln

    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):

    This is why the Left hates Trump.

    Whatever he does, whatever he says, he is misrepresented.

    If he jumped in front of a speeding train and pushed a woman out of its path, he would receive no kudos from the press. The next day both the photo and the accompanying article would indicate that Trump had gone insane and then had pushed elderly people and babies out of his way so that he could push the woman in front of the train.

    Case in point: Tweet from The Lincoln Project, and their latest attempt to pwn Trump. Remember, these people are Washington insiders who’ve worked for years on political campaigns up to and including the presidential level. True, they’ve got as good a track record on the GOP side as Bob Shrum did over the years for the Democrats (batting .000), but at the very least you’d think they would know who the Commander in Chief is (or they do, but think their sucker donors are too stupid to know who the Commander in Chief is…)

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    • July 4, 2020, at 10:07 AM PDT
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  14. David Foster Member
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    It should always be noted that the ‘news network’ called CNN is not an independent entity. It is owned by AT&T.

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    • July 4, 2020, at 3:53 PM PDT
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  15. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    Miffed White Male: This headline story on CNN.com is not labeled as “analysis.” It appears to be a “news” story. Here are the opening paragraphs, with emphasis added.

    What is most concerning is the number of people who will read this and accept the opinion piece as gospel instead of actually listening to the speech itself and arriving at their own conclusion. 

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    • July 4, 2020, at 3:56 PM PDT
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  16. Hoyacon Member

    David Foster (View Comment):

    It should always be noted that the ‘news network’ called CNN is not an independent entity. It is owned by AT&T.

    Are they still monopolizing airport television? If so, that needs to stop.

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    • July 4, 2020, at 3:56 PM PDT
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  17. Basil Fawlty Member
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    “Tendentious” is one of my favorite words.

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    • July 4, 2020, at 4:26 PM PDT
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  18. Hoyacon Member

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    “Tendentious” is one of my favorite words.

    It’s good but too hard to spell.

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    • July 4, 2020, at 4:36 PM PDT
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  19. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    The Left: “America is irredeemably racist and white people are evil.”

    The Right: “America is great and we want everyone who loves the country to live together in peace and harmony.”

    The Left: “How dare you be divisive!”

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    • July 4, 2020, at 4:44 PM PDT
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  20. tigerlily Member

    RightAngles (View Comment):

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    You’ve been doing your homework.

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    • July 4, 2020, at 7:39 PM PDT
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  21. Charles Mark Member
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    When President Trump made his very important speech from the Rose Garden (before he walked to the Church) CNN showed it on a split screen with shots of noisy protesters, making it hard to hear what the President was saying. It is a propaganda machine, plain and simple.

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    • July 5, 2020, at 3:55 AM PDT
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  22. RightAngles Member

    tigerlily (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

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    You’ve been doing your homework.

    And it isn’t hard. I have even more examples than this. And by the way, re that last one: as I recall, Joe Lockhart only added the second tweet admitting he’d made it up after being called out for it by numerous people.

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    • July 5, 2020, at 7:24 AM PDT
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