While visiting MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida on Monday, White House Resident Donald Trump dropped a doozy of a lie on unsuspecting military men and women, saying that the “media” was covering up terrorism attacks. It appears that Trump is referencing a fake news, conspiracy theory site when setting policy.
According to The Washington Post, Trump told leaders at U.S. Central Command:
“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.”
This bizarre statement follows in the wake of adviser Kellyanne Conway’s word salad gaffe about the “Bowling Green terror attack.” But apparently, the former reality TV show host was referencing Infowars, a strange fringe website that supports and distributes a number of outlandish conspiracy theories.
A Twitizen drew the connection between Trump’s strange statement about media cover-ups of terrorist attacks with a headline from the dodgy “news site” that ran in December.
"Where does he get this stuff?" pic.twitter.com/kvHmWElwUS
— Brandt (@UrbanAchievr) February 6, 2017
Apparently, this is a common theme throughout the Infowars website. According to Infowars, there’s a vast conspiracy regarding the media refusing to report on terrorism; they’re doing it to protect “Islam.”
Some examples of headlines read:
“FAKE NEWS: MAINSTREAM MEDIA WHITEWASHES ISLAMIC TERROR IN BERLIN: Propagandists desperate to hide the obvious”
“SCANDAL: MASS MEDIA COVERS UP TERRORISM TO PROTECT ISLAM”
“MEDIA CAUGHT COVERING UP ISLAMIC TIES IN MUNICH ATTACK”
Former Republican Congress Rep. Allen West of Florida is also a fan of Infowars’ conspiracy theories and has been known to share videos about this media cover-up on his website.
It appears to be a common accusation from the far right-wing, and as The Washington Post notes, conservatives have been accusing mainstream media of softening news of radical Islamic attacks.
Trump and Alex Jones, the owner of Infowars, have had a strong relationship since the real estate developer’s campaign for the Republican nomination. Infowars has also pushed the accusation that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, a falsehood that Trump continues to blame for his loss of the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
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