CNN gets WH list of terror attacks media ignored.
The White House on Monday evening distributed a list of terrorist attacks that “have not received the media attention they deserved.”
The list covers from September 2014 to December 2016 and lists 78 ISIS-led attacks it say occurred worldwide. The list includes such notable attacks as the November 2015 massacre in Paris and a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that same year.
“There are 78 attacks listed on this list,” Jim Acosta, CNN’s senior White House correspondent, said on-air. “It’s a head-scratcher as several of these, we here at CNN and other international news outlets, covered these extensively.”
“All of these, you’ll recall, we covered extensively. It’s puzzling as to why the White House would include these attacks on this list when they were covered for days on end.”
Trump used his first speech to military service members earlier Monday to accuse the media of refusing to report on terror attacks.
“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.”
“They have their reasons, and you understand that,” he added, rattling off a list of incidents perpetrated by “radical Islamic terrorists.”
Trump mentioned the 9/11 attacks and more recent violence in cities including Orlando, Fla., and Nice, France during Monday’s remarks.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer then pledged that the Trump administration would 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.
Spicer added Trump’s “policies to protect this country, to create jobs, to grow the economy” do not receive the same share of the media spotlight as protests.
“[Trump] felt members of the media don’t always cover some of those events to the extent that other events might get covered,” he said.
“Protests will get blown out of the water, and yet an attack or a foiled attack doesn’t necessarily get the same coverage.”
Trump did not provide any evidence to support his claims about media coverage of terrorist attacks, which typically generate large amounts of attention both at home and abroad.
They can’t get any attention if they are not printed.