You have seen this story play out over and over again. President Donald Trump posts a video on Twitter, then the progressive left and its allies in the corporate media have a collective meltdown. But this particular tale is slightly different in that it also features the left displaying a remarkable lack of self-awareness along with a heaping helping of utter hypocrisy.
President Trump tweeted a video poking fun at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for making a series of verbal errors during a recent press conference. The backlash was immediate, with members of the press accusing the president of posting a “doctored” video designed to make the Speaker look foolish.
Trump Posts Video, Leftists Melt Down
The video posted by Trump was a montage of various verbal flubs Pelosi made during her conversation with reporters regarding her recent interaction with Trump. After the video was published, CNN’s Anderson Cooper slammed the tweet, castigating the president for portraying the “third most powerful person in the country” in a negative light. Failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called the video “sexist trash.”
Pelosi’s daughter also rushed to her mother’s defense, tweeting:
“Fake video altered for speed – just like you did to Acosta.
“Dig deeper – you can give the presidency more respect than this. #BeBest, @potus!”
Multiple media outlets, including Vox, The Los Angeles Times, and Bloomberg, also jumped on social media company Facebook for refusing to remove the video.
The truth of the matter is that the video in question was not doctored, at least not in the way the left claims. An NBC News report shows that the footage itself was not altered, but the montage is a series of Pelosi’s mistakes cut in rapid succession.
Put simply, none of the errors were manufactured; they depicted the Speaker’s actual verbal missteps. Of course, the far left never lets pesky little things like facts get in its way, right? But when it comes to deceptively altered videos, do the media deserve the high horse on which they have saddled themselves?
The Pot and Kettle
It takes only a short trip back down memory lane to find incidents in which news outlets have used deceptively edited videos to mislead and influence the American public. Remember that “fine people” hoax? You know, the one in which the media pretended that President Trump called white nationalists at Charlottesville “fine people”?
The transcripts and videos of the conference in which Trump made these comments clearly show that only seconds after he said “fine people,” he followed up with “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists because those people should be condemned totally.”
But news outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the gang showed only the first part of the exchange, leaving out the part where Trump specifically excludes the Unite the Right racists from his statements. The hoax only recently has been debunked after having been widely believed for nearly two years. But wait, there’s more!
We would be remiss to leave out the recent example of the Covington kids’ debacle. When the news first broke about the altercation between high school students from Covington, KY, and Native American activist Nathan Philips, only a small portion of the video was aired, making it appear that the students had approached the activist to harass him.
When the full video was made public, everyone could see that Philips had approached the kids and began banging his drum only inches away from the face of Nicholas Sandmann. It also showed that the entire altercation was triggered by a group of Black Hebrew Israelites, who were hurling racial and homophobic epithets at the students.
The video ignited a raging firestorm on social media, with some prominent leftists threatening to dox the children. Some even wished violence on them. In the end, the press was willing to place young students in potential danger to push a narrative.
Last, but most certainly not least, none of us can forget the koi pond incident in 2017 when President Trump visited Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a tour of Asia. At one point, the two leaders engaged in a ceremony in which they fed fish in a koi pond. CNN’s video coverage of the moment showed Trump sprinkling the food into the pond at first, and then turning over the container and dumping the rest of the food into the water.
Of course, the purpose of this video was to convince the public that Trump was behaving in an impatient and boorish manner, but there was one problem. Prime Minister Abe poured out his container before Trump, which means the president was only following the host’s lead. The video was cut in a way that did not show Abe pour out his bowl first.
Ramifications of Fake News
The media have a long and storied history of deliberately misleading the American public, and over the past few years, their coverage has become even more deceptive. The Pelosi video might be deceptive to those who aren’t savvy enough to tell that it was a montage mocking the Speaker’s stammering, but beyond that, there are no real consequences.
However, Trump supporters who become victims of politically motivated violence do face consequences. When the media dishonestly claim that the president believes that white nationalists are “fine people,” it provides an excuse for crazed leftists who believe every word a progressive journalist utters.
The Covington kids were mercilessly smeared by the Fourth Estate, prompting death threats and calls for their doxxing. These students could have been subject to harm or other types of danger because of the media’s lies. For the targets of the dishonest corporate media establishment, the results of deceptive reporting could be ruinous and even deadly. Before excoriating anyone else for edited videos, perhaps the Fourth Estate should first make sure its house is in order.
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