Spin control: CNN slams Trump for jumping gun on ‘bombing’ while editing word from Clinton’s response

by WorldTribune Staff, September 19, 2016

CNN on Sept. 17 cited Donald Trump for using the word “bombing” to describe the explosion in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, insisting the GOP candidate was hinting at terrorism before authorities had determined a cause.

Meanwhile, when Hillary Clinton used the word “bombing” to describe the incident, CNN edited it out.

2000px-Flag_of_Minnesota.svg_-2-e1474229803799When Clinton addressed the press on her campaign plane, she opened her brief remarks by saying “I’ve been briefed about bombings in New York and New Jersey, and the attacks in Minnesota.”

But when CNN aired Clinton’s response, and posted it on Twitter, they removed her first sentence, and instead began on her second, which emphasized support for first responders.

Meanwhile, CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond was among those criticizing Trump for jumping the gun by calling the attack a bombing.

The Daily Caller pointed out that “in fact, Clinton’s first question from the press was on that exact topic, with a reporter asking what she thought about Trump ‘immediately’ calling the attacks a bombing. Perhaps because she’d just used the word herself, Clinton punted on the question and avoided attacking Trump directly.”

“Well, I think it’s important to know the facts about any incident like this,” Clinton said. “That’s why it’s critical to support the first responders, the investigators who are looking into it, trying to determine what did happen.”

On Twitter, CNN was eager to post Trump’s reaction and emphasize his race to call it a bomb, while the network’s tweet for Clinton’s reaction emphasized her call to wait until “we actually know some facts.”

This isn’t the first instance in recent months of CNN engaging in video editing that created a misleading picture, The Daily Caller reported.

“During August riots in Milwaukee after the shooting death of Sylville Smith, the network aired portions of a speech by his sister Sherelle Smith and claimed she was calling for peace. But a fuller version of Smith’s remarks revealed she was encouraging inner-city rioters to riot in the suburbs rather than in their own communities.”