Accuracy in Media

Mainstream media seems certain President Trump is lying about what he said to the families of the four soldiers killed in Niger.

A congresswoman from Florida said she was in the car with the mother of the victim when Trump called to convey his condolences. She said he told the mother her son “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”

Trump denied making this statement, later tweeting, “Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”

The congresswoman, Fredericka Wilson, doubled down on her story. While the mother did not directly contradict the president, she said, “President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband” and that it bothered her that the president didn’t seem to know her son’s name.

While the mother did not directly contradict the president, she said, “President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” and that it bothered her that the president did not seem to know her son’s name.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, whose son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, said he was listening in as Trump spoke to the mother and the call seemed “completely respectful.” The president’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said, “The hardest job he has is making calls like that. I think it is appalling what the congresswoman has done” in “politicizing” Trump’s condolence calls.

The Post pushed its own story: The president’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, “admitted” Trump had not taped the calls with the bereaved families. 

“Sanders noted that other top officials, including Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, were on the call. But that’s not proof – or anything close to it. The only thing that could be proof would be a recording of the call.”

In 2012 then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton making calls to families of those who had given their lives in service of the country that contained suspicious information. Rather than questioning the story, the media searched for any scrap of evidence that supported believing her.

After Benghazi attacks on Sept. 11, 2012, Clinton reportedly told parents that a video – the trailer for a movie made by a little-known filmmaker that insulted Muslims – had set in motion the anger and chain of events that led to the deaths of those four Americans.

The story, as we found out later from emails revealed in her secret server investigation, was untrue. Clinton knew full well no video was responsible on that night – she even told her daughter, Chelsea, as much in a private email.

Nearly four months later, in early January 2016, Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s fact-checker, assessed Clinton’s claims. He recounted how George Stephanopoulos, who worked in her husband’s White House, asked gently, “The family members, as you know, say you told them it was by a filmmaker, you’d go after the filmmaker … Did you tell them it was not the film? And what’s your response?”

“No,” she said. “You know, look, I understand the continuing grief at the loss that parents experienced with the loss of these four brave Americans. And I did testify, as you know, for 11 hours. And I answered all of these questions.”

A few weeks later, Tom McLaughlin, a columnist for the Daily Sun in Concord, N.H., went at Clinton again.

“Somebody’s lying. Who is it?” he said.

“Not me,” Clinton responded. “That’s all I can tell you. I can’t recite for you everything that was in a conversation where people were distraught, the president and the vice president, we were all making the rounds talking to people, listening to people. I was in a very difficult position because we have not yet said two of the four dead were CIA … This was a part of the fog of war.”

“This is obviously a difficult issue to fact check,” Kessler wrote in the Post article. “The conversations were not recorded – and took place more than three years ago. Memories, especially of conversations, have a way of shifting over time. Few people ever agree exactly what was said – or even who said what.”

Clinton’s memory was good enough for them, but Trump’s wasn’t.

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  • ItsJo

    Of Course, the rag, owned by Trump-Hater, Jeff Bezos of Amazon BASHES Trump Each and EVERY DAY. It’s why Bezos bought the paper when Trump announced his run, as Bezos said he’d be on Trump daily. He is, and the headlines are ALWAYS NEGATIVE.

    I stopped contributing to Amazon, and wrote Bezos telling him WHY. Not that he needed my purchases for books, and other household items, etc.

    But, with Bezos, and the Other Liberal RAGS, that were in awe of the Marxist Obama, there are MORE things done by Trump for the American people in 10 months, than Obama’s 8 miserable years.

    Good article, but not surprised.

    The ‘Fake News’ like 99%, including the N.Y. Slimes, is another Trump-basher!

  • Maggietish

    More lies from the corrupt biased liberal/progressive lying news. They must lose sleep over president Trump and trying to come up with new ideas of how to bash and attacked him. Very fact that this congresswoman from Florida and the same lying fake news are using the murders of those 4 Americans in Niger as a political weapon against President Trump is a national disgrace.

  • efred1

    NEWSFLASH: The sun rises in the east; hot chocolate is hot; ice cream is cold; water is wet; night is dark; air is essential for breathing; the sun sets in the west. Oh, and the MSM hates, Hates, HATES Trump, have no sense of ethics, are biased against Trump, and just make stuff up about him. DUH.

  • TED

    The media is a reflection of the society within which it exists. Naturally, one would expect the media to hold either Bill or Hillary Clinton to a different standard than Trump. Bill and Hillary Clinton were/are held in much higher regard among the American people than is Donald Trump and both were big winners in their respective popular votes. Trump’s approval ratings are in the low 30% range … and he lost the popular vote vs. Hillary Clinton by some 3 million votes. It stands to reason, then, that the media evidences a lower regard for Trump … a reflection of the society-at-large’s position.

  • drew carstairs

    The reason the neo-Bolshevik Leftist vermin in the Alphabet fake “news” networks are so anti-America, anti-police, anti-military and anti-Trump is simply this: they all need to be exterminated. Believe it or not, that is the actual reason. The reason they are that way is simply because they need to be exterminated. Strange, isn’t it?