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Perhaps The Hill just needs to hire “more experienced” interns?
Following President Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina this Tuesday, The Hill published a story titled, “Trump, supporters gather without masks in NC despite request from local GOP official.”
For the story’s featured image, The Hill used a photo of the president standing before a crowd of cheering supporters.
Look closely at a screenshot of the since-deleted image below:
Notice anything odd?
As noted by the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. in the tweet below, everybody standing behind his father was wearing a mask.
WTF? Literally all you have to do is zoom in on the picture to realize that everyone gathered in the stands is wearing a mask.
I was able to do it on my iPhone in two seconds!
I guess “journalists” are not capable of basic observation, they just blindly run with the narrative. https://t.co/aNtxhmhgGn
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 9, 2020
This isn’t to say that everybody who attended the rally did wear a mask. Other images from the rally did show some supporters not wearing a mask.
9/8/2020 | Winston-Salem, North Carolina! #MAGA🇺🇸🦅 pic.twitter.com/pqoCizQpH8
— Dan Scavino🇺🇸🦅 (@DanScavino) September 9, 2020
Yet for some reason, The Hill chose to use a photo of Trump supporters all wearing a mask and then juxtaposed that image with a contradictory title.
This isn’t a new phenomenon. It fits a growing trend in the media.
During the violent riots in Minneapolis following George Floyd’s death in May, an MSNBC “journalist” described the events around him as “mostly a protest,” even as buildings behind him were burning.
Nothing to see here! MSNBC reporter says ‘protests generally not unruly’ while building burns https://t.co/l1ZkkQp8l1 via @BIZPACReview
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) May 29, 2020
And during the violent riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, three months later, a CNN “journalist” described the events around him as a “peaceful protest,” even as, once again, buildings behind him were burning.
CNN chyron reads ‘fiery but mostly peaceful protests’ with blazing Kenosha backdrop https://t.co/jJdXged3tO
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 27, 2020
Like Fox News host Jesse Watters warned on a recent episode of Fox News’ “Watters World,” “You’re being told not to trust what you see with your own eyes. If you hear something, you’re told you didn’t actually hear it.”
How Orwellian …
Responding to The Hill’s contradictory story, even some virulent Trump haters expressed exasperation.
Look (*Language warning):
I don’t like Trump AT ALL, but could you hire more experienced interns next time, please? Cuz’ I can spot most of them wearing masks there.
— o’Snow (@Vanilla_Lukas) September 9, 2020
I hate @realDonaldTrump with a passion but see lots of masks.
— Debbie Pisaro (@debipisaro) September 9, 2020
You are FAKE NEWS!!!! Also, I hate Trump. Tell the god damned truth. Why lie about something so stupid and insignificant?
— The Cool Name Killer🗡💀 (@JesseBlackbur11) September 9, 2020
As much as I dislike Trump and all that he stands for, I do have to say that all these ppl are wearing masks. Please stop making false statements like this … Just makes us (Dems) look bad
— Jen#AKF#YANA#RActs#LTTU (@jhpracht) September 9, 2020
Not even a trump supporter but I can’t fucking stand liberal media
— Richard Long (@ReaIRichardLong) September 9, 2020
So why did The Hill do this anyway? While several theories exist — one of them being that the paper’s interns are incompetent — outspoken conservative Hollywood actor James Woods believes the media “simply don’t care” about the truth anymore.
They lie and then post a photo that proves they lie, and they simply don’t care. Literally every person in the audience is wearing a mask. This is how much contempt the #FakeNews has for conservative Americans. https://t.co/VGRc6OfnAO
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 9, 2020
Frankly, it shows.
The American people’s trust in the media has fallen to a record low:
People trust the media even less now than they did in March on issues of COVID
And they have always trusted Trump MORE https://t.co/Gt4MOMQnhv pic.twitter.com/gq0fcHeug8
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) September 6, 2020
But instead of modifying their behavior, the media keep doubling, tripling and quadrupling down on their Orwellian, truth-averse “reporting.”
For instance, according to the media the president is hemorrhaging supporters and heading into a surefire defeat come November.
In reality, the president seems to be faring just fine.
Case in point from Tuesday’s rally:
Best rally moment ever.❤️🇺🇸❤️
“We love you!” to @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/YPCpVhfUXe
— Amy Kremer (@AmyKremer) September 9, 2020
Thank you Winston-Salem, North Carolina! #MAGA pic.twitter.com/VJkBTfAGjg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2020
Even environmentalists have begun turning in the president’s favor.
On Monday Politico ran a story outlining how Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency has been so successful in some of its endeavors that some “activists are voting Republican for the first time in their lives.”
“I been a Democrat all my life. Trump actually gives us money to clean up these sites that have been here forever,” one activist said.
Under Trump’s leadership, the EPA cleaned up polluted areas whose hazardous materials had been affecting local residents’ health.
“Obama talked a lot of crap, but did very little. And people don’t realize that. They want to praise him, but he didn’t do nothing. He didn’t do s–t,” the activist added.
Meanwhile in The Hill’s world, here’s how they chose to respond to the backlash against their contradictory post:
Before: literally everyone is wearing a mask in the picture
After: No one in the crowd is shown in the picture 🤷🏼♂️ pic.twitter.com/R4kyWkamJg
— Kelb Hull (@CalebJHull) September 9, 2020
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