All tagged media critique

Trump in Europe: ‘The shove heard round the world’

Viral 'shove' was not at photo op at all

Media Critique
By TATIANA PROPHET

The major media’s biggest takeaway from the European leg of President Donald Trump’s first foreign trip was that he shoved the prime minister of Montenegro to get to the front of the group photo.

Except the only thing is, it wasn't anywhere near a photo op when he shoved, or pushed aside, the prime minister of Montenegro. A review of the raw video reveals that the “shove” took place during an informal tour of the building, well after the group photo. The fact that they are standing next to a background of distinctive steel beams and windows backs this up. At this point, Trump pushed past Dusko Markovic to get closer to Jens Stoltenberg, general secretary of NATO, who was speaking and pointing to the architecture of the new building.

Democracy dies in daylight

By TATIANA PROPHET

Democracy dies in darkness. And wars begin in the light of day.

The first sentence is the new motto of the Washington Post. The second, a description of what happened in 2002 when the media relied on anonymous sources in or allied with the U.S. government.

"In the last 14 months, Iraq has sought to buy thousands of specially designed aluminum tubes, which American officials believe were intended as components of centrifuges to enrich uranium," wrote Judith Miller and Michael Gordon on September 8, 2002. "American officials said several efforts to arrange the shipment of the aluminum tubes were blocked or intercepted but declined to say, citing the sensitivity of the intelligence, where they came from or how they were stopped.”
 

Crowdgate II: Alternative facts from The New York Times

By TATIANA PROPHET

All the news that's fit to print. And some school yard taunts, as well.

On Wednesday, the Times Sports Twitter account tweeted a photo comparison of the crowd size for the New England Patriots' visit to the Trump White House versus the 2015 visit to the Obama White House. While both photos were taken on the steps overlooking the South Lawn, the comparison was wrong; there were 40 support staff members on the steps in 2015, and only players and management in 2017. The tweet was retweeted more than 51,000 times, and remains up. But it's now clear that the Times jumped the gun in its eagerness to perhaps duplicate that magical image from the inauguration that garnered so much derision for the new president.

Media: Trump cites (fake) attack in Sweden

It was a perfect "gotcha" moment. A mere two weeks after Trump senior adviser Kelly Anne Conway cited a false terrorist attack in Bowling Green, Ky., and White House spokesman Sean Spicer erroneously slipped Atlanta into a list of places that had experienced a terror attack from foreign-born perpetrators, Donald Trump appeared to be going for a hat trick.

AP repackaged by msn: Trump 'weighs' national guard for raids

MEDIA CRITIQUE
By Tatiana Prophet
Back to Facts

The Associated Press on Friday published an article on the leak of a Homeland Security draft memorandum proposing to use state National Guard units to enforce immigration law. Even though the article states the memo was never seriously considered, the news site MSN repackaged the story with a headline that implied that Trump was considering the idea: "Trump weighs mobilizing National Guard for immigration roundups."