Media shot first, asked questions later on president’s ‘animal’ comment

President Trump likes to shoot from the hip.

That’s not a news flash.

And he’s said things that sometimes anger conservatives and pretty much always anger liberals.

But when the president called members of the violent gang MS-13 “animals” a lot of media reported he said undocumented  immigrants   are not people and are animals.

That was wrong and taken out of context.

This all happened at a White House meeting on immigration and “sanctuary cities.” His comment followed a comment by Fresno County (Calif.) Sheriff Margaret Mims.

She said: “There could be an MS-13 member I know about … if they don’t have a certain threshold, I cannot tell [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] about it,” Mims said.

The president then said, “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in … and we’re stopping a lot of them … but we’re taking people out of the country. 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.”

The New York Times tweeted, “Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting, calling those trying to breach the country’s borders ‘animals.'”

Many other news outlets did not provide full context of the president’s remarks until further in their stories.

And … big shock here … Nancy Pelosi, leader of the House Democrats, jumped all over it.  Maybe she should spend more time helping the sheriff in Fresno County in her state fight these thugs than complain about the president.

President Trump said he’d continue to use the term and Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary said “the term animal doesn’t go far enough.”


It doesn’t go far enough.

When the president shoots from the hip, a lot of media has a tendency to do the same.

And the president loves to call it fake news.

It’s not all fake news.

But a lot of major national media outlets messed up big time  on this story and added more for those whose trust they lost a long time ago.