"President Donald Trump has been severely critical of the news media for doing what he called a poor job of covering instances of Islamic terrorism not only in the U.S. but around the world.
The White House released a list late Monday of 20 terrorist attacks “executed or inspired” by ISIS, many of which Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said were not give sufficient coverage by the national media.
“You have seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe, it’s happening,” Trump told military leaders at the U.S. Central Command. “It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that.”
One of the first news agencies to counter Trump’s allegations was the BBC, which on Tuesday ran a compilation of all its stories about the terrorist events on the administration’s list.
But as many terrorism experts told WND, it’s not the amount of coverage given to a specific event that counts but rather the type of coverage.
A classic example of that can be found by comparing and contrasting the coverage that two news agencies – WND and the BBC – gave to a brutal machete attack at the Nazareth Mediterranean Restaurant one year ago in February 2016 that left four patrons wounded, one critically.
In the BBC story, there is no mention of the words Islam, jihad, Muslim, refugee or immigrant. Every one of those words applied to the attacker, Mohamed Barry, who was a Muslim immigrant from the West African country of Guinea, as pointed out in the WND story."