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President Trump, there was nothing 'underreported' about the Orlando nightclub massacre



In Tampa yesterday, President Donald Trump dropped his latest wild assertion: the news media isn't covering terrorist attacks.

“In many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it,” the commander-in-chief said at MacDill Air Force Base. “They have their reasons, and you understand that."

Later, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the events had been "underreported," spinning what Trump said. The White House then released a list of 78 incidents and one stood out to us:

The Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting from June 2016.

"ATTAKER: US person," the White House list read, misspelling attacker and not naming Omar Mateen.

The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, which left 49 killed, received intense coverage from the Tampa Bay Times and other Florida outlets plus national and international news organizations. It's still getting attention. The Times archive shows hundreds of results when searching for "Orlando" and "Pulse."

Stories like this, and this, and this and this and this ... exactly the saturation coverage Trump apparently wants for every attack around the globe.

NBC News found it covered 57 of the attacks on the White House list, with the 21 others happening on a small level (8 deaths in all) in places such as Egypt, Bosnia or Bangladesh.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 10:57am]


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