Claim: President Donald Trump claimed that the press does not report all terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe.
On February 6, President Donald Trump gave a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. In the speech, Trump made the claim that the Western media does not report on all terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe. He attributed this lack of reporting to dishonesty and having an agenda.
ISIS is on a campaign of genocide, committing atrocities across the world. Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland, as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino and all across Europe.
You’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons and you understand that.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later clarified the statement by saying that Trump did not believe that the press was reporting terrorist attacks as much as they should be reported.
He felt members of the media don’t always cover some of those events to the extent that other events might get covered… yet an attack or a foiled attack doesn’t necessarily get the same coverage
To support Trump’s claim, the White House released a list of 78 terrorist attacks that the Trump administration believed that was not reported as much as they should have been.
A number of news agencies and fact checkers have analyzed the list. Rather than reinventing the wheel, links to these articles have been included at the end of this article. Overall, the general consensus is that the vast majority of the attacks listed were covered in varying levels of detail. Some of the attacks in the list were high profile attacks such as the San Bernardino shootings.
Considering just Spicer’s clarification, the claim is debatable. The amount of coverage that a story deserves is subject and based entirely upon one’s opinion. It could be argued that Spicer was walking back Trump’s comments. Trump statement was that the media was not covering these terrorist attacks and were being dishonest. On that statement, this claim is false.
Update 3/10/2017: Updated article to be more consistent with finalized standard.
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