Left-Wing Media unfairly attacks Trump for calling MS-13 gang “Animals” I read a Todd J. Gillman piece in the Dallas Morning News, saying that Trump’s “harsh rhetoric on Mexican immigrants resurfaced.”

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By Lynn Woolley

We all know that the Mainstream Media hates President Trump. They show it every day in editorials and in headlines that often run on the front page above the fold. But there is a line they shouldn’t cross. We call that “Fake News.”

Trump’s “animal” comment is a case in point.

I saw the comment play, in context, on cable news – and I thought nothing about it. So imagine my shock when I read a Todd J. Gillman piece in the Dallas Morning News, saying that Trump’s “harsh rhetoric on Mexican immigrants resurfaced.”

We could not find a link to this article online and so here is a scan. The article ran on May 17, 2018.

Gillman’s strikingly inaccurate story accused Trump of lumping “other Mexican immigrants” with the MS-13 gang. That is not remotely true. The New York Times accused Trump of “lashing out at undocumented immigrants.”

Such reports should be retracted, and the reporters sent back to journalism school.

Trump called MS-13 gang members “animals” – pure and simple.

So then, why did many in the MSM mischaracterize what he said? I have a theory about that. I think that they hate Trump so much, and that the people they work with hate him so much, that they fail to understand that the President deserves fair coverage.

They always choose the worst possible interpretation of what Mr. Trump does or says – as a matter of course. They believe Trump has essentially no support in the public. But news reporters in big cities run with their own crowd – most all of whom are Trump haters. They think their job is to make him look bad.

Video: CBS News reports that Trump calls some illegal immigrants “animals” in meeting with sheriffs

Here’s what actually happened – unbiased and real:

President Trump was meeting with a contingent of California law enforcement officials and was engaged in a conversation about illegal immigration, California’s sanctuary policies, and law enforcement issues related to that topic.

The President was asked about gangs – specifically, MS-13 – as one of the sheriffs was elaborating on how some state policies make it hard for law enforcement to cooperate with ICE in holding gang members. Trump then referred to MS-13 gangsters as “animals.”

Here is the actual exchange:

Sheriff Margaret Mims: There can be an MS-13 gang member I know about. If they don’t reach a certain threshold I cannot tell ICE about them.

President Trump: We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — we’re stopping a lot of them. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people, these are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before.

But, as Jazz Shaw reported in the Daily Caller, the New York Times took the comments in a completely anti-Trump direction:

President Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting on Wednesday, warning in front of news cameras that dangerous people were clamoring to breach the country’s borders and branding such people “animals.”

Mr. Trump’s comments came during a round-table discussion with state and local leaders on California’s so-called sanctuary laws, which strictly limit communication between local law enforcement and federal immigration officers, and which the Trump administration is suing to invalidate. It was hardly the first time the president has spoken in racially fraught terms about immigrants, but it underscored his anger about unchecked immigration…

Shaw reports that NBC’s Andrea Mitchell tweeted the same story.

Video: A FOX News panel discusses how the media took the “animal” comment out of context.

So what to do with reporters that put out Fake News based on anti-trump bias?

That would include the entire staff at CNN, or MSNBC. But we’ve come to expect that. The New York Times, the Washington Post – and, closer to home, the Dallas Morning News are supposed to report facts.

If they did stick to facts, and built a reputation for being reliable, it would be easier to trust them when they report something averse to Trump. But when even an innocent – and correct – comment from Trump is spun into what amounts to a racially charged issue – the newspapers cannot be trusted.

That’s why I call them “featurepapers.”

They run news stories that in the old days would be features or op-eds – and now pass as fact-based news.

Todd J. Gillman of the Washington Bureau of the Dallas Morning News

If I happened to be the editor or published in charge of Mr. Gillman, I would not fire him. But I would turn this into a leaning experience for him. A week off without pay might get his attention. It might also get the attention of other reporters in Dallas and around the country.

It’s past time to put the “news” back into newspapers and start covering Donald Trump with truth as a guidepost.


Editor’s note: I wrote this letter to the Dallas Morning News regarding Mr. Gillman’s article and sent it to the publisher, the op-ed page editor, and Mr. Gillman. So far, there has been no response.

The best example of fake news I’ve seen in a while was in today’s edition. Todd Gillman, writing snippets on Trump under the headline: “’These are animals’ – Trump,” went far over the line. The attached column is about the “animals” reference, but the entire column was as smarmy as a CNN office party.

1. Cohen Payment: Possibly factual, but I was looking for quotes from Bill Clinton who payed off Paula Jones, or Blake Farenthold, or Weiner, or Schneiderman, or Weinstein. Why is this relevant with Trump but not Clinton?

2. Russian interference: Gillman reports “…the Kremlin actively wanted Trump to win…” I call BS. Not logical. The Kremlin knew what it took to buy the Clintons ($500,000 for a speech) and had already dealt with her weakness with Ukraine, Crimea, the downed jetliner, the reset button, Uranium One, and Obama’s “flexibility.” They may have wanted to disrupt whoever was ahead in the race, but the idea they preferred Trump is ludicrous.

3. Animals: See the attached column — and please print it.

4. Trump Tower meeting: Gillman writes, “Trump Jr. was apparently eager for dirt on Hillary Clinton.” Mr. Gillman, was this before, during, or after Mrs. Clinton was going through a Washington law firm (Perkins Coie) to hide the fact that she was paying for dirt on Trump — the Steele Dossier? Would you please make me a list of all politicians that do not seek dirt on their opponents?

Mr. Gillman knows better than this. He IS better than this. The Dallas Morning News — my long-time favorite newspaper — is better than this. I send you three or four well-written, well-thought-out op-ed pieces per week for Elizabeth to delete. You have plenty of fair and balanced material. Please serve the part of your readership that does not hate President Trump.

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