Even when Trump is right, mainstream media downplays it rather than be honest – and more media embarrassments
President Trump’s foreign policy is defying the media so much, even they are finally sounding positive over his “stunning” peace moves with North Korea.
But journalists haven’t liked the president’s criticisms of Europe. President Trump has been repeatedly critical of how Europe has handled its refugee crisis – pointing out the reality of no-go zones and specifically discussing a spike in immigrant-related crime in Sweden. This week he was proven at least somewhat correct on both fronts.
German Prime Minister Angela Merkel admitted that her nation has “no-go areas,” though she wouldn’t admit where. The Associated Press reported: “In an interview Monday with German broadcaster n-tv, Merkel said she favors a zero tolerance policy on crime and that includes preventing no-go areas, ‘that’s areas where nobody dares to go.’”
According to Politico, President Trump told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in 2015 that “London and other places … are so radicalized that the police are afraid for their own lives.”
Merkel’s “areas where nobody dares to go” would seem to qualify as “other places.” MSNBC was one of many outlets to deny Trump’s original claim.
The case of Sweden was more specific. While Trump called out Sweden’s situation based on one disputed incident, he quickly got to the larger issue. Here’s a quote from the president as reported by CNN on Feb. 20, 2017: “You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
President Trump took a victory lap this week. NBC reported his follow-up comments during a White House press conference with Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. “Certainly, you have a problem with the immigration,” Trump said. “It’s caused problems with Sweden. I was one of the first ones to say it, I took a little heat. But that was OK, because I proved to be right.”
But here’s the NBC headline: “Trump claims vindication for baffling Sweden terror comments last year.” Hardly admitting anything.
The latest dust-up over Sweden follows a New York Times piece that described Sweden in, well, Trumpian terms. The article was headlined: “Hand Grenades and Gang Violence Rattle Sweden’s Middle Class.” It said: “Weapons from a faraway, long-ago war are flowing into immigrant neighborhoods here, puncturing Swedes’ sense of confidence and security.”
The Daily Caller’s Saagar Enjeti upset traditional media outlets when he was called on at a White House news conference and brought up the Times story. “Mr. Prime Minister, last year, you criticized the president for drawing a link between immigrant crime and the recent arrivals of refugees. This week, one of our own flagship papers, The New York Times, actually profiled a link between hand grenade violence and immigrant gang violence in your country. Do you stand by your criticism the President?” he asked.
Journalists were quick to bash Enjeti. NPR Lead Editor Domenico Montanaro said: “The Daily Caller question asker just basically asked if the Swedish PM wants to apologize to Trump on immigration.” No, he asked the question the Times should have asked.