PBS Adds ‘Context’ to Trump Bedminster Speech While CNN, MSNBC Declare It Too ‘Dangerous,’ ‘Untrue’ to Cover
“We’re not carrying his remarks live because frankly, he says a lot of things that are not true and sometimes potentially dangerous,” CNN’s Jake Tapper announced after wall-to-wall coverage of Trump’s arrival in Miami and his arraignment.
For a group of people who got what they wanted Tuesday when former President Donald Trump was arraigned in a Miami courtroom on 37 federal counts related to the classified documents probe, the Usual Suspects on the cable news networks sure were a sour-faced lot.
Take, for instance, how CNN’s Jake Tapper whined about Trump’s stop at a local Cuban cafe in the aftermath of his arraignment, where people prayed for him and sang “happy birthday” to him. Tapper was very faux fended that Trump was being showered with attention and was at points smiling and laughing with the crowd:
“To the folks in the control room, I don’t need to see any more of that. He’s trying to turn it into a spectacle, into a campaign ad. That is enough of that. We’ve seen it already. Ah, let’s go over again the 37 charges that Donald Trump is facing…”
Jake Tapper tells CNN control room to cut the feed of Trump in Miami:
"I don’t need to see any more of that. He’s trying to turn it into a spectacle and into a campaign ad. That is enough of that. We’ve seen it already."pic.twitter.com/FmnLXUUPSs
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) June 13, 2023
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace was also not amused, calling on the control room to stop airing the footage:
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace made similar comments on her show while calling for the video feed of Trump’s cafe visit to be taken down.
“That’s the picture over your brilliant words, we don’t need to see that anymore, we know where he is. ” pic.twitter.com/iYFmr0QFLt
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 13, 2023
Other MSNBC media figures, including former Biden press secretary Jen Psaki and woke NBC News presidential “historian” Michael Beschloss, also had a moment:
This….he planned the visit to the cafe knowing it would be the only time this afternoon he would be on camera. He had his spokesperson/lawyer make a whacky statement because he knew there would be appetite for words. He is managing this like a former creator of reality TV… https://t.co/rnMtfrgvMv
— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) June 13, 2023
Things did not get any better once Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey speech started hours later.
Tapper, for instance, declared without a shred of self-awareness that the 2024 presidential candidate’s speech was too “dangerous” and lie-filled to air on CNN, where “Facts First” is still, laughably, their motto:
“We’re not carrying his remarks live because frankly, he says a lot of things that are not true and sometimes potentially dangerous.”
Irony alert! CNN's Jake Tapper told his audience that the network wouldn't air Trump's speech because live because "he says a lot of things that are not true and sometimes potentially dangerous." Keep in mind 20 minutes prior he had on Russia collusion hoaxer Andrew McCabe. pic.twitter.com/iyLdFNDMuZ
— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) June 14, 2023
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who rose to fame and fortune during the Trump presidential era by repeatedly perpetuating, as Tapper did, the Russia/Trump collusion hoax , similarly proclaimed that the paragons of truth-telling at MSNBC simply were not willing to tolerate untruths allegedly being told “no matter who says them”:
“We are here to bring you the news. It hurts our ability to do that if we live broadcast what we fully expect in advance to be a litany of lies and false accusations, no matter who says them.”
"We are here to bring you the news. It hurts our ability to do that if we live broadcast what we fully expect in advance to be a litany of lies and false accusations, no matter who says them." pic.twitter.com/LmirC8GUuc
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 14, 2023
Though PBS did air Trump’s speech, they kept adding “context” notes throughout, including towards the end when they engaged in the “words are violence” tactic the left is notorious for:
Wow. Look at this propaganda from PBS during Trump's speech tonight. pic.twitter.com/7zGwVI11UH
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) June 14, 2023
Look at what PBS posted at the bottom of Trump’s speech. pic.twitter.com/BQhs3e46fu
— Gays For Trump (@GaysForTrump24) June 14, 2023
You can watch some of the other “contextual” disclaimers they added via the video below:
CNN’s and MSNBC’s refusal to air Trump’s speech was rather perplexing considering that according to a Newsbusters analysis, 95 percent of both networks’ coverage on Tuesday was devoted to Trump’s arraignment.
Needless to say, Maddow, Tapper, and Wallace were all called out for obsessing about Trump all during the course of the day before refusing to air the speech he gave defending himself against the charges both networks analyzed and dissected all day:
Catching up on tonight's events and it's eye-rollingly pretentious and insufferable to hear CNN and MSNBC lecture about how they won't show a word of Trump's speech live because of lies and how they take no glee in that.
CNN and MSNBC LOVE Trump. They NEED him. They WANT him.
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 14, 2023
Here is @Maddow admitting her network filters and contorts the news.
Her saying “what we fully expect in advance…” is some high-grade Orwellian manipulation. https://t.co/tD1JzfL80s
— Brad Slager: CNN+ Lifetime Subscriber (@MartiniShark) June 14, 2023
Also Jake Tapper: “And now back to 24-7 discussion of Trump.”
— Jim Stinson (@jimstinson) June 13, 2023
Tapper and CNN only do stuff like this so they can seem like they’re taking the journalistic high road. Otherwise they’re very happy to give Trump free air time https://t.co/svBLOPTVwx
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) June 14, 2023
"You must immediately cease showing the reality that our political prosecution of the president is not viewed as legitimate outside of our cloistered newsrooms and Democrat swamps!" — NBC propagandist https://t.co/Pci5bDHN3Z
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) June 14, 2023
Pretty amazing considering the desperate lengths CNN in particular went to in order to cover the proceedings:
How CNN broke Donald Trump's arraignment news after electronics were banned in the courthouse, including hiring local school students as production assistants (CNN)https://t.co/UjhqfCozdehttps://t.co/V0Gi2cefLw
— Mediagazer (@mediagazer) June 14, 2023
As far as what all of this means for the sorry state of modern journalism, I leave you with this parting thought:
CNN covered the DOJ prosecutors full statement as well as the indictment, but refused to air the defendants response, which seems like a perfectly healthy future for journalism and criminal justice.
— a newsman (@a_newsman) June 14, 2023
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