Anderson Cooper Slams Trump's 'Underreported' Terror Attack List
Late Monday, President Trump slammed the "very dishonest" media for refusing to cover major terror attacks.
"Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland, as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino and all across Europe," Trump announced at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. "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."
The White House then released a list of 78 "largely underreported" terror attacks to back up Trump's claim. However, as CNN's Anderson Cooper quickly proved, these attacks didn't exactly go unnoticed by the mainstream.
“Not only did we cover many of the attacks on that list, we covered them heavily,” Cooper scoffed. “I know, because I was on the ground reporting a number of them. CNN was on the ground in Ottawa, Canada, when a gunman killed someone at the tomb of the unknown soldier. I was in Orlando... I flew there right after the news broke. December 2015, that was on the list, San Bernardino. I was there, 14 people killed and 21 wounded in coordinated attacks. This was a month after I reported on the carnage in Paris, where terrorists killed 130 people and wounded many others. To be sure, this program did not cover each and every incident on the list, however other programs, as well as CNN International, covered most if not all of them, most of them exhaustively.”
Jim Acosta, Senior White House Correspondent for CNN, also pointed out that "there's no scoring system or grade system" on the list to clarify which attacks the Trump administration feels were covered adequately.
"This appears to be a talking point that is in search of a set of facts that just doesn't exist," Acosta assessed.
Maggie Haberman, White House Correspondent for the New York Times, agreed.
"The media has been extensively covering terrorist attacks going back to the bombing of the USS Cole," she added, citing an attack that predated 9/11 by nearly a year.
On the other hand, Washington correspondent for the New Yorker magazine Matt Lewis couldn't help but take a jab at the irony of Trump's claim, despite the severity of the issue.
"I mean I'm not gonna make light of this; this is a pretty serious conversation, but look... cable news has a well-known aversion to covering terrorist attacks?" he asked incredulously, "I mean, come, on it's the most important thing that we do at 24-hour news networks."
(Alexandra Rosenmann, alternet, 2/7/17)