Is the Mainstream Media Finally Waking Up?
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Donald Trump has been teasing a "major announcement" since Thursday. His campaign issued a statement Thursday night making clear his "announcement" would be stating President Obama is an America citizen, five years after coming to national attention as the leader of the birther movement.
Trump held his "major announcement" at his brand new Washington, D.C. hotel. It was the hotel's first public event, its christening, and a stain that will forever live in that building.
So what happened?
For 28 minutes and 27 seconds, all three major news networks, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, plus CBS News online, and possibly others, ran, almost entirely uninterrupted, speaker after speaker after speaker – all military veterans – announcing their support for Donald Trump. That was followed by Donald Trump taking to the podium for 33 seconds, and making this statement:
"Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period."
The first two sentences are lies. The third are facts that should never have been open for discussion.
The mainstream media was played. Big time, and they know it.
And they're mad.
Trump used them for a 29 minute ad for both his hotel and his campaign.
What did the pool reporters do?
A source says Trump broadcast pool just erased tape of his tour of the hotel in protest of bait-and-switch w no editorial access.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 16, 2016
That's not all.
CNN anchor called the spectacle a "political Rickroll." A Rickroll is a bait-and-switch.
“It’s hard to imagine this as anything other than a political Rickroll,” Tapper told his audience. “We were told that this was going to be Donald Trump addressing something that his top campaign advisers, many people in the Republican National Committee want him to address, and clear up, and then stop talking about.”
Tapper said Trump has been “trafficking” in a “discredited lie” for "more than half a decade.”
“It was very clever on one level,” Tapper added. “On another level, it does speak to the integrity of the Trump campaign.”
Calling it a "dog-and-pony show," CBS News' Major Garrett said it was "all staged to bring more attention to this brand new hotel."
With 53 days to go, not a smart move to anger the press.