President Trump made waves last week when he spoke to a gathering of Long Island Police Officers. He said that when they were dealing with gangs MS-13, they didn’t “need to be too careful.” Most Officers and viewers took the President’s words as a light hearted joke to show solidarity. An understanding of the Officers’ often difficult situation balancing personal safety and litigation awareness.
The media, however, have used his speech as an opportunity to suggest that the President was calling for more police brutality and violence. Senior Law Chiefs have strongly condemned the President, but the real surprise was the media’s outpouring of “affection” for MS-13 gang members themselves.
MS-13 is a criminal gang of mostly Salvadoran members across Central America. In the US, they operate mostly in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but have a presence in many cities across America. They are especially well-known for their use of violence and torture. President Trump said in his speech:
“They kidnap. They extort. They rape and they rob, they stomp on their victims. They beat them with clubs, they slash them with machetes, and they stab them with knives. They have transformed peaceful parks and beautiful quiet neighborhoods into blood-stained killing fields. They’re animals.”
The media has tried to put a human face on the gang and have now begun to give positive coverage. On CNN, one gang member who was interviewed by Dan Lieberman said:
“I started growing up in that type of neighborhood. I didn’t really get love from my family. Where I grew up, [MS-13] were there, almost all of them. They seemed like really nice people. They were there for me through tough times.”
CNN also claimed that President Trump’s rhetoric was actually responsible for fueling a rise in recruiting; his language about illegal immigrants making people feel fearful and therefore turning to gangs.
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This is a common trend in mainstream media relating to President Trump. They turn an aggressor into a victim, and portray both President Trump and his Administration as the bullies and bigots. During a rally in Ohio, a young man, Thomas DiMassimo, rushed the stage to get to the President. He was given a very soft interview with CNN, and validated his story that “Trump is a bully.” All Mr. DiMassimo wanted to do was “take the podium away from him” in the name of “anti-racism”. This was a potentially lethal encounter. Mr. DiMassimo, the aggressor, claimed his motives were pure. By his own admission, he only wanted to deprive a Presidential candidate his right to speak freely. CNN and other “News” outlets hold him up as a paragon of civic responsibility.
The hypersensitivity of the media to any comments made by those they differ with ideologically. The twisting of the narrative regarding who is the victim or the aggressor. The palpable disdain that media elites and pundits exhibit for the President. These are all signs of the total collapse of journalistic integrity and ethics. #FakeNews
Mark is a political writer and journalist who has worked on campaigns for Brexit.