By Jon Dougherty
Once again, the 24-7-365 #TrumpHate network,Â CNN, has exposed its own bias against the president, and in a rather tone-deaf manner.
In recent weeks, the network has refused to correct, retract, or apologize for repeated false claims that POTUS Donald Trump referred to neo-Nazis as “very find people” during remarks about the 2017Â riots in Charlottesville, Va.
However, on TuesdayÂ CNN linked to its own report that, at the time, accurately noted that the president used “very fine people” in reference to protesters for and against the removal of a historic Confederate statue –Â not neo-Nazis.
Breitbart News reported that the context was aÂ CNN report about a new book about the administration claiming Ivanka Trump stood up for her president father against then-economic adviser Gary Cohn regarding the Charlottesville ‘scandal.’
According to theÂ New York Times, the new book,Â Kushner Inc.,Â by journalist Vicky Ward, says that Ivanka told Cohn: â€œMy dadâ€™s not a racist.â€ (The White House has â€œdismissed the book,â€ theÂ TimesÂ notes.)
CNNÂ reported on the Times story and referred to the claim throughout the broadcast day Tuesday.
What’s notable is thatÂ CNN‘s articleÂ about the book linked to its own Charlottesville coverage.
The story, headlined, â€œTrump says both sides to blame amid Charlottesville backlash,â€ written by Dan Merica and published on August 16, 2017, leaves no question who Trump was talking about when he used the phrase â€œvery fine peopleâ€:
Trump said there were some â€œvery bad peopleâ€ on both sides, but that there was some who came out to protest the removal of Robert E. Leeâ€™s statue who were â€œfine people.â€
â€œYou had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down, to them, of a very, very important statue and a renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name,â€ Trump said.
Pressed by reporters, Trump raised Washington and Jefferson, arguing there could be a slippery slope.
Breitbart editor-at-large Joel B. Pollack notes:
CNNâ€™s own contemporaneous reporting contradicts what many of its main news anchors, contributors, and reporters â€” including Chris Cuomo, Anderson Cooper, Jim Acosta, April Ryan, and others â€” have claimed recently: namely, that Trump suggested â€œthere are very fine people in the Nazis,â€ in Acostaâ€™sÂ words.
CNN has even edited video of Trumpâ€™s press conferenceÂ deceptivelyÂ to present a claim that its own coverage disproves.
There is another misconception about the Charlottesville incident for which the so-called “Mainstream” media has regularly mischaracterized the president: His statement thatÂ both sides were responsible for violence that day in Virginia.
AsÂ Politico reported, even Obama’s FBI and Department of Homeland Security designated Antifa anarchists as domestic terrorists:
Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials since early 2016 that leftist extremists known as â€œAntifaâ€ had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as â€œdomestic terrorist violence,â€ according to interviews and confidential law enforcement documents obtained by POLITICO.
Since well before the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly, DHS has been issuing warnings about the growing likelihood of lethal violence between the left-wing anarchists and right-wing white supremacist and nationalist groups.
Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016,Â authorities believed that â€œanarchist extremistsâ€ were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of â€œthe capitalist system,â€ racism, socialÂ injusticeÂ and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI.
After President Donald Trumpâ€™s election in November, theÂ AntifaÂ activists locked onto another target â€” his supporters, especially those from white supremacist and nationalist groups suddenly turning out in droves to hail his victory, support crackdowns on immigrants and Muslims and to protest efforts to remove symbols of the Confederacy.
Those reports appear to bolster Trumpâ€™s insistence that extremists on the left bore some blame for the clashes in Charlottesville and represent a â€œproblemâ€ nationally.
We also reported that residents of Charlottesville were upset atÂ both sides that day. A waitress commented as a thunderstorm rolled in, â€œLetâ€™s hope this washes the day away.â€
At a local gas station, an attendant said: â€œThese people from out of town, Nazis, [Black Lives Matter], theyâ€™re all hate groups to me.â€
Writing inÂ The Daily Signal,Â editor Jarrett Stepman saidÂ he and his wife were in town that day for a little family getaway and just happened to pick the weekend that a pair of extremist groups â€” right-wing neo-Nazis and Left-wing fascists â€” met to do battle over the cityâ€™s decision to remove a statue commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Stepman noted further that â€œthe silent majorityâ€ of townsfolk were more than a little angry about what happened inÂ theirÂ small city. â€œThey were almost universally upset, blindsided, and resentful that these groups showed up in their community to drag down its reputation and fight their ideological proxy wars,â€ he wrote.
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