WH Lists Terror Attacks It Claims Media Ignored
The White House on Monday published a list of terror attacks it claims the media ignored.
The Hill reports:
The list spans from September 2014 to December 2016 and contains 78 attacks planned or carried out by followers of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) both at home and abroad.
The list includes major attacks, such as the November 2015 massacre in Paris and mass shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., and Orlando, Fla., that dominated news coverage for weeks.
It also included many strikes overseas that received limited media attention in the U.S., including killings in Dhaka, Bangladesh; Parramatta, Australia; and Zvornik, Bosnia.
The White House said “most” of the attacks on the list haven’t received adequate coverage, explaining it included both well-known and lesser-known strikes to illustrate the frequency with which they occur.
“Since ISIS declared its caliphate, there has been a major attack targeting the West executed or inspired by the group more than once every two weeks,” the White House said.
Officials distributed the list to reporters hours after Trump accused the news media of downplaying coverage of terrorist attacks directed or inspired by ISIS.
“It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported,” Trump said at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. “And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.”
The president implied journalists have ulterior motives for burying coverage of the threat posed by terrorist groups. “They have their reasons, and you understand that,” he said.
Trump mentioned the 9/11 attacks and more recent violence in cities including Orlando and Nice, France during Monday’s remarks.
The president’s comments baffled many, given the blanket coverage typically given to major strikes in the U.S. and Europe. Trump provided no evidence to back up his claims during his speech.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer then pledged to publish a list of events the president believes the media ignored.
“There’s a lot of instances that have occurred where I don’t think they’ve gotten the coverage they deserved,” he told reporters aboard Air Force One.
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