Outspoken GOP presidential contender Donald Trump doesn't usually need an assist in putting words in his mouth, but CNN did just that this week. And by doing so, the network made the GOP candidate sound like a racist.
Trump appeared “Fox and Friends” on Monday morning to discuss Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton's plan to increase the number of immigrant refugees from countries such as Syria. Trump has called for more vetting of people from terror-plagued countries because of the lack of information about their backgrounds.
Here's what he said about it:
“You know in Israel, they profile. They've done an unbelievable job — as good as you can do. But Israel has done an unbelievable job. And they'll profile. They profile. They see somebody that's suspicious. They will profile. They will take that person in. They will check out.”
The Hill reports that CNN kept up the misreporting:
“CNN has been running headlines throughout the day that specifically quotes Trump as using the words 'racial profiling.' CNN.com also is using the term 'racial profiling' in its headlines.”
Trump appeared on Fox News twice Monday and said the same thing, but CNN kept misreporting his position, claiming he “defends racial profiling”:
There are many kinds of criminal profiling, including observing behavior, background and psychological characteristics, but someone at CNN assumed the 2016 Republican nominee meant racial profiling.
The Hill reports that's not the only unethical thing the network has done in the past few days. Instead of putting words into Trump's mouth, the network removed words from Democrat Hillary Clinton's:
"The decision by CNN to add 'racial' to Trump's comments comes in the wake of intense criticism this weekend after the network edited out a key portion of Hillary Clinton's Saturday night statement following the terror attacks in New York and New Jersey.
In a gaggle with the press aboard her campaign plane after the attacks occurred, the Democratic nominee referred to the explosions as 'bombings,' as Trump had earlier in the evening.
Trump was later criticized on the network and elsewhere for using the word 'bomb' too soon."
CNN used to be derisively dubbed the “Clinton News Network” during Bill Clinton's presidency.