Accuracy in Media

The liberal media have done some selective editing of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s remarks after the terrorist bombings in New York and New Jersey on Saturday by reporting that he is advocating “racial profiling.”

This is what a quick check of headlines on the web reveals:

Trump Defends Racial Profiling in Wake of Bombs – CNN

Why Trump Calls for Racial Profiling After Attacks – Rolling Stone

Trump Says That Cops Need Racial Profiling in Counter-Terrorism Duties – New York Daily News

But Trump actually never used the word racial in his remarks to Fox News:

“In Israel they profile. They’ve done an unbelievable job, as good as you can do. But Israel has done an unbelievable job. And they’ll profile. They see somebody that’s suspicious they will profile. They will take that person and they’ll check them. Do we have a choice? Look what’s going on. Do we really have a choice? We’re trying to be so politically correct in our country and this is only going to get worse. This isn’t going to get better. And I’ve been talking to you guys for years, and I’ve been saying it.”

Guess what? Profiling is something virtually everyone does, and not all profiling is racial or racist.

A couple of examples. When we look at someone we instinctively profile them. If a person is tall, they must be a basketball player—not all tall people can play basketball by the way. Or if they dress a certain way, we profile them as to their profession, marital status, etc. The TSA has profiled me so that I can qualify for its PreCheck program and avoid taking off my coat, shoes and removing my laptop from my luggage.

The adding of the word “racial” to Trump’s comments is an attempt by the media to portray him as a racist and derail a campaign that has gained significant ground on Hillary Clinton in recent weeks, much to their chagrin.

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