By Jon Dougherty
Once again, the 24-7-365 #TrumpHate network, CNN, has exposed its own bias against the president, and in a rather tone-deaf manner.
In recent weeks, the network has refused to correct, retract, or apologize for repeated false claims that POTUS Donald Trump referred to neo-Nazis as “very find people” during remarks about the 2017 riots in Charlottesville, Va.
However, on Tuesday CNN linked to its own report that, at the time, accurately noted that the president used “very fine people” in reference to protesters for and against the removal of a historic Confederate statue — not neo-Nazis.
Breitbart News reported that the context was a CNN report about a new book about the administration claiming Ivanka Trump stood up for her president father against then-economic adviser Gary Cohn regarding the Charlottesville ‘scandal.’
According to the New York Times, the new book, Kushner Inc., by journalist Vicky Ward, says that Ivanka told Cohn: “My dad’s not a racist.” (The White House has “dismissed the book,” the Times notes.)
CNN reported on the Times story and referred to the claim throughout the broadcast day Tuesday.
What’s notable is that CNN‘s article about the book linked to its own Charlottesville coverage.
The story, headlined, “Trump says both sides to blame amid Charlottesville backlash,” written by Dan Merica and published on August 16, 2017, leaves no question who Trump was talking about when he used the phrase “very fine people”:
Trump said there were some “very bad people” on both sides, but that there was some who came out to protest the removal of Robert E. Lee’s statue who were “fine people.”
“You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down, to them, of a very, very important statue and a renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name,” Trump said.
Pressed by reporters, Trump raised Washington and Jefferson, arguing there could be a slippery slope.
Breitbart editor-at-large Joel B. Pollack notes:
CNN’s own contemporaneous reporting contradicts what many of its main news anchors, contributors, and reporters — including Chris Cuomo, Anderson Cooper, Jim Acosta, April Ryan, and others — have claimed recently: namely, that Trump suggested “there are very fine people in the Nazis,” in Acosta’s words.
CNN has even edited video of Trump’s press conference deceptively to present a claim that its own coverage disproves.
There is another misconception about the Charlottesville incident for which the so-called “Mainstream” media has regularly mischaracterized the president: His statement that both sides were responsible for violence that day in Virginia.
As Politico reported, even Obama’s FBI and Department of Homeland Security designated Antifa anarchists as domestic terrorists:
Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials since early 2016 that leftist extremists known as “Antifa” had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as “domestic terrorist violence,” according to interviews and confidential law enforcement documents obtained by POLITICO.
Since well before the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly, DHS has been issuing warnings about the growing likelihood of lethal violence between the left-wing anarchists and right-wing white supremacist and nationalist groups.
Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed that “anarchist extremists” were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of “the capitalist system,” racism, social injustice and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI.
After President Donald Trump’s election in November, the Antifa activists locked onto another target — his supporters, especially those from white supremacist and nationalist groups suddenly turning out in droves to hail his victory, support crackdowns on immigrants and Muslims and to protest efforts to remove symbols of the Confederacy.
Those reports appear to bolster Trump’s insistence that extremists on the left bore some blame for the clashes in Charlottesville and represent a “problem” nationally.
We also reported that residents of Charlottesville were upset at both sides that day. A waitress commented as a thunderstorm rolled in, “Let’s hope this washes the day away.”
At a local gas station, an attendant said: “These people from out of town, Nazis, [Black Lives Matter], they’re all hate groups to me.”
Writing in The Daily Signal, editor Jarrett Stepman said he and his wife were in town that day for a little family getaway and just happened to pick the weekend that a pair of extremist groups — right-wing neo-Nazis and Left-wing fascists — met to do battle over the city’s decision to remove a statue commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Stepman noted further that “the silent majority” of townsfolk were more than a little angry about what happened in their small city. “They were almost universally upset, blindsided, and resentful that these groups showed up in their community to drag down its reputation and fight their ideological proxy wars,” he wrote.
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