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White House Criticizes Press For Terrorism Coverage

| by Ray Brown
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The White House released a list of 78 terrorist attacks around the world since 2014 that President Donald Trump believes didn't receive adequate media coverage.

Included on the list was the 2016 massacre in Orlando, Florida, in which 49 people were killed by gunman Omar Mateen at a gay nightclub, as well as the 2015 Paris attack that saw 129 people killed by shootings and explosives.

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Although these incidents were widely covered, the list included dozens of lesser-known attacks.

"[I]t's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported," Trump said, according to CNN. "And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that."

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But members of the press criticized Trump for criticizing the press about its coverage.

"As a journalist I'm really troubled by that," Washington Post columnist David Ignatius told CNN. "We have brave colleagues who every day are taking big risks to cover these stories. Look at The New York Times, which the president demonizes often. The New York Times this weekend had an outstanding piece of reporting about how ISIS has been reaching out, is more involved in some attacks in Europe and abroad," he said.

White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters clarified Trump's statement about media coverage of terrorist attacks.

"[T]he real point here is that these terrorists attacks are so pervasive at this point that they do not spark the wall-to-wall coverage they once did," she said, according to the Boston Globe. "If you look back just a few years ago, any one of these attacks would have been ubiquitous in every news outlet, and now they’re happening so often -- at a rate of more than once every two weeks, according to the list we sent around -- that networks are not devoting to each of them the same level of coverage they once did."

Sources: Boston Globe, CNN / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr