Accuracy in Media

NBC News published an article outlining the outrage from President Donald Trump’s speech on the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

NBC national reporter Suzanne Gamboa wrote the article, entitled, “Some El Paso residents outraged by Trump’s speech that ‘failed to mention Latinos.” The article’s subtitle summarized it as the following: “On Monday, Trump didn’t mention El Paso’s Latino population, who comprise the majority of the community.”

Although Trump condemned white supremacy, as the article discussed, some of Trump’s critics were outraged that he “left Hispanics and Latinos out of his speech.” Past criticisms of the president have focused on his alleged racial political strategy, where he has been critical of Latino gangs such as MS13 and warned voters of criminals crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

NBC News compared the president’s speech to the El Paso mass shooter’s anti-Hispanic manifesto, which is unfair for the news outlet to compare a criminal’s manifesto to a presidential address. The comparison not only painted the president in a negative light, but insinuated implicit racism or some similar bias on part of the president.

“It’s a significant omission and a stark difference from the written document that has been linked to the 21-year-old gunman who allegedly opened fire on weekend shoppers Saturday at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas,” the article said.  “The shooter’s alleged document mentions a Hispanic invasion, the increasing Hispanic population and a decision by its writer to target Hispanics after reading a right-wing conspiracy theory asserting Europe’s white population is being replaced with non-Europeans.”

Buried almost halfway through the article was the admission that Trump’s speech did extend condolences to Mexico, which debunked their earlier comparison of Trump’s speech to the mass shooter’s manifesto, “Trump did say in the speech that he had sent his condolences to Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, because eight citizens from Mexico were among the dead.”

The article then quoted multiple Democratic lawmakers from Texas, such as state Rep. Cesar Blanco and Rep. Veronica Escobar, but no rebuttal from the White House or GOP sources, which calls into question the slant of the article.

Either way, NBC News did a disservice for their readers by comparing a criminal’s anti-Hispanic manifesto to Trump’s speech, in addition to not having a fair balance of quotes from moderate or right-leaning lawmakers or sources.

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