Monday on CNN’s “The Lead,” host Jake Tapper criticized the administration of President Donald Trump for claiming the media intentionally misleads people.
Tapper said, “You might find it hard to believe, but the Trump White House today said it is wrong when people put out information they know to be incorrect in an attempt to mislead the public. That’s right, the White House, run by the president who came to political prominence by promoting the lie that the first African-American president was born in Africa, is finding time to take issue with those who mislead people.”
He continued, “The White House, run by the president who said with no evidence that crowds of American Muslims were seen on TV celebrating in New Jersey after 9/11. The man who repeated the ludicrous National Enquirer claim that Ted Cruz’s father had something to do with the Kennedy assassination, and the man who said with no evidence there were 3 to 5 million fraudulent votes for Hillary Clinton. That same president is taking issue with people being misled.”
He added, “Now there is an occasion and serious issues for the White House and the president to take issue with. There have been a number of journalistic mistakes in recent weeks. Ones that have been fixed and corrected by the news organizations, including CNN. But corrections not withstanding, this has prompted further Trump takes on the press. Tweets by the president against ABC News, CNN, The Washington Post. A tweet insulting the intelligence of an individual journalist by name. And then today, the White House press secretary suggested that the mistakes that have been made in the press were made on purpose.”
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