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Trump and the biased mainstream American news media
The news media has been out to get President Donald Trump ever since he proved them to be biased hypocrites and incompetent in doing their jobs. Media polling was historically inaccurate. Their reporting is incomplete and unprofessionally biased. The double standard and falsehoods are epic. From the false reporting of the crowds at the inauguration to the exaggerations about the “Muslim Ban,” the media is engaging the Presidency not as a new story but as a political target.
By Ray Hanania
The news media, which historically has fueled divisions, conflicts, racism and hatred to “sell newspapers,” is now in the business of twisting news and facts in order to create “new realities” that push average Americans to the brink of revolution.
Their end game is to oustDonald Trump as president, the candidate that every news media prior to the Nov. 8, election predicted with a certainty that was unprecedented in arrogance and gall, that Trump would lose. He did not lose and in fact defeated their candidate, Hillary Clinton by winning the very Middle Class states that the media predicted Clinton would win in a certainty.
Every issue is being twisted and distorted. The most egregious include the fake news story that the news media peddled that Trump is so unfavorable — even though he easily defeated Clinton on Nov. 8 with a huge Electoral College landslide margin — that Americans refused to attend his inauguration.
The media used photos of the National Mall between the US Capitol and the Washington Monument as Trump prepared to be sworn in as the nation’s 45th President, something that many media arrogantly declared was an impossibility. The park area is about 1 mile in length and 400 feet wide and in every swearing in, is crowded during major national events.
The early photos showed the National Mall to be almost empty of people. The assertion was that the pictures were taken at the same time that Obama was sworn in to office, four and eight years before. But Trump’s swearing in took place much later than Obama’s, and the security at the National Mall was tighter than it was during the Obama administration. With rain coming down, people were only able to slowly fill the several “squares” that makeup the long park rectangle.
By the time Trump actually took the Oath of Office, the National Mall was almost completely filled up with crowds, with people streaming into only one area through the tight security. The crowded National Mall images could have been shown but the media chose to republish and show only the early mall images of the empty areas, suggesting that the American people were disappointed in his election.
Worse is how the news media tried to blame the debate on Trump, asking “Why is Trump continuing to make an issue of the crowds” at the inauguration. It wasn’t Trump making an issue of it. It was the biased news media making an issue of it.
Here are the actual pictures taken of the National Mall while Trump was being sworn in. These are images taken from television news coverage which briefly and quickly showed the mall during the swearing in.
In addition to the people who braved the rainy weather, millions of Americans like myself watched the inauguration on Television, and millions more watched it streaming online from their iPhones, iPads and mobile devices.
The photo the media showed which was taken before Trump was swore in was dramatically different from the photos above that show the plaza crowding and continuing to fill.
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Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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