After 65 years away from American soil, the remains of soldiers lost in Korea were finally returned to the United States in a beautiful ceremony — MSNBC didn’t cover any part of it.
Fox News covered the event significantly, including an interview between Pete Hegseth and Vice President Mike Pence. The vice president attended the event on behalf of President Donald Trump, calling it an “honor” to welcome the remains back home, adding “Today our boys are coming home.”
.@VP: “There is a promise – sometimes spoken, often not spoken – that we leave no man behind, and that’s what great nations do. And today what the American people saw and frankly the world saw was the U.S.A. saying that we will keep that promise, even nearly 7 decades later.” pic.twitter.com/aGTyChZOgd
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 2, 2018
Although the event was a historical moment for the United States and the families of the fallen, MSNBC gave the event no attention. CNN did not do much better, granting the story less than one minute of live coverage.Fox News/Youtube
Fox News’ Howard Kurtz called the decision “the wrong call,” adding, “You can’t overstate the emotional significance of these presumed remains of these American fighting soldiers coming home 65 years after the Korean War ended.”
Kurtz also pointed to the political significance of the event in relation to the nuclear negotiations between the two countries, calling it a “chess move.”
The vice president saw the lack of coverage as a misunderstanding of the American people, telling Fox and Friends’ Hegseth:
“I think there’s a lot of people in the so-called mainstream media that would do well to spend a little bit more time traveling across this country and listening to the American people. […] They’re focused on ensuring that our courts respect the constitution of the United States and all the God-given liberties enshrined there. People see when it comes to President Donald Trump, it really has been a year and a half of promises made and promises kept.”
Kurtz agreed with Pence, adding “they have a very serious point.” However, Kurtz expanded to say that the president does drive some of the animosity between the press, causing the lack of positive coverage.
In total, it is believed that Trump’s administration secured the return of 55 American soldiers from Korea. The president tweeted his gratitude for the returned remains, adding that he hopes to meet with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un again.