Accuracy in Media

In the wake of the El Paso shooting, liberal media commentators have brought up President Donlad Trump’s response to the violent protests of Charlottesville, Va., to claim the president praised racist neo-Nazis and created a climate for El Paso.
However, a new video from PragerU created by CNN political analyst Steve Cortes debunks this lie.

“Did President Trump call neo-Nazis ‘very fine people” during a famous press conference following the Charlottesville riots of August 2017?” PragerU asks. “The major media reported that he did. But what if their reporting is wrong? Worse, what if their reporting is wrong and they know it’s wrong? A straight exploration of the facts should reveal the truth. That’s what CNN political analyst Steve Cortes does in this critically important video.”

Cortes said that the national media owes the American people an apology for their misinformation.

“Plainly put, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the others spread a malicious lie that has poisoned our national dialogue,” Cortes said. “They should apologize to the American people for what they have done. Don’t hold your breath.”

Cortes outlines what Trump said, acknowledging there were at least four groups of people around the chaos of Charlottesville: two separate groups of peaceful protesters from both sides disagreeing about a statute of Robert E. Lee — people who were not part of either the violent white supremacist neo-Nazis (who the president condemned in his 2017 speech: “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”) or the violent Antifa counter-protesters.

“Does anyone believe that Donald Trump thinks there are ‘Good Antifa’? The leftist thugs who were counter-protesting the neo-Nazi thugs? “After all, if those two groups were the only ones involved and there were fine people on both sides, that means the president believed there were fine Antifa people. Even MSNBC should have found that hard to swallow.

“Again ‘the very fine people on both sides’ President Trump described at the press conference were the people who wanted to remove the Robert E. Lee statue, and the people who wanted to keep it. Both of these groups were non-violent protesters, fine people with very different ideological views. The scandal of Charlottesville is not what President Trump said about neo-Nazis. It’s what the media said President Trump said about neo-Nazis. It’s a scandal because news reporting is supposed to be about gathering facts, not promoting an agenda. In Charlottesville, they got it exactly backwards. We have been living with the consequences ever since.”

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