White House lists ‘under-reported’ attacks including Paris, Orlando
Note: FOX8 covers terrorist attacks extensively. For example, myfox8.com has published more than 50 articles pertaining to the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting since it occurred on June 12.
WASHINGTON — The White House has issued a list of 78 terror attacks to support President Donald Trump’s claim that the media is failing to adequately report them.
The attacks listed span from September 2014 to December 2016, and include the Paris attacks, the Orlando nightclub shooting, the truck attacks in Nice and Berlin, the Brussels airport attack, the Istanbul airport and Sultanahmet attacks, and the Sydney siege.
The document was distributed Monday evening, the same day President Trump told enlisted service-members at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida that attacks were happening “all over Europe” and that “it’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported.”
“And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that,” Trump added.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer later elaborated, saying the President “felt as though members of the media don’t always cover some of those events to the extent that other events might get covered; that a protest will get blown out of the water, and yet an attack or a foiled attack doesn’t necessarily get the same coverage.”
When asked for an example of a terrorist attack the news media has not reported on, Spicer said: “We’ll provide a list later. There’s several instances.”
The list handed out by the White House only mentions attacks that appear to have been carried out with Islamist motives. It does not mention the recent attack on a mosque in Quebec City, or the racially motivated attack by Dylann Roof on a church in South Carolina, in which nine black worshipers were shot dead.
President Trump has used terror attacks to justify his controversial temporary ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the US. He has also repeatedly referred to media organizations critical of him as “fake news.”