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Klavan: Did The Media Fact-Check The Democrats As Vigorously As Trump?

Listening to the mainstream media, you would think President Trump's speech to the nation about border security was full of "misleading" statements and outright lies. But is that really true? And what about Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi's response — was it really all accurate, as CNN suggests? Andrew Klavan broke all that down on Wednesday's episode of "The Andrew Klavan Show."

"It is not my problem that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are out there selling their side of the story," said Klavan. "There’s a Left and a Right in this country, and they have a right to play to their voters. If that was all it was, if all we saw on television was Donald Trump making his case and Chuck and Nancy making their case, I would say, 'Alright, I disagree with Chuck and Nancy, but fair enough, they have their voters, let them speak to their voters. Let them argue over the middle and see who convinces whom.'"

He then laid out his key point: "What is a problem are these massive corporations ABC, CBS, NBC, the CNN’s of the world, the New York Times of the world. Their fact-checking was disgraceful."

Klavan broke down how the media skew the facts to fit their negative narrative surrounding President Trump.

"For instance, Trump would say ‘Heroin; 90% of heroin comes in through the southern border,’ and The New York Times would say ‘Yes but fentanyl comes in from China.’ He didn’t say fentanyl came in through the southern border. They're just making stuff up. I mean the Times was embarrassing, anything they could ding him on," said Klavan.

"Look, if they reported this factually and the argument took place, we would just be having the argument. But instead, you have conservatives that are furious because you have this constant barrage, a blanket of corporate misinformation. It drives them crazy," he said. "It also is conducive to corruption on the Left because they know nobody is going to call them out. They know that they are protected by the press. It is damaging to the country. I’m a First Amendment absolutist, I don’t think the government should do anything to fix this. But again and again, I have to keep saying this, the press out of pure integrity should just reform themselves."

Video and transcript below:

It is not my problem that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are out there selling their side of the story. There’s a Left and a Right in this country, and they have a right to play to their voters. If that was all it was, if all we saw on television was Donald Trump making his case and Chuck and Nancy making their case, I would say "alright, I disagree with Chuck and Nancy, but fair enough, they have their voters, let them speak to their voters. Let them argue over the middle and see who convinces whom." I think yesterday, Trump would’ve been the winner in that debate, but that is not what bothers me, there’s not a problem that there are two parties, it is not a problem even that the Democrat part is being radicalized. Let them be radicalized. I think they’re making themselves marginal, but you know, that’s just part of the political process.

What is a problem are these massive corporations ABC, CBS, NBC, the CNN’s of the world, the New York Time’s of the world? Their fact-checking was disgraceful. I mean, here is CNN fact-checking the Democrats.

Chris Cuomo: “Hold on one second, because we fact-checked the president. Let’s be fair on both sides. Did anything stand out to you from what we heard from Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer?"

Daniel Dale: "I didn’t hear any factual errors. I missed about the first 30 seconds but the rest of it was standard political rhetoric. I think the thing about the president that’s so different is that in these kinds of addresses that are thoroughly vetted, written by teams of speech writers, he will still include five, six, seven misleading, dishonest claims."

Really? This is the kind of thing they were saying. For instance, Trump would say “Heroin; 90% of heroin comes in through the southern border,” and The New York Times would say “Yes but fentanyl comes in from China.” He didn’t say fentanyl came in through the southern border. Their just making stuff up. I mean the Times was embarrassing, anything they could ding him on. The one thing you could ding him on he said: “Mexico is going to pay for the wall” and now it’s gotten a little bit fuzzy how that’s gonna work. He said, “we’ll make the money back in the new NAFTA deal”. Okay, fair enough, a little bit of political verbiage there. The Washington Post said that "Trump says 266,000 aliens were arrested in the past two years. But that number is misleading." Why? Because this figure includes all types of crime. That’s why it’s misleading. I mean, this is what they’re saying. It’s not a crisis because the flow of people is down. But let’s remember what he said, it’s the flow of families that is up and that’s what constitutes the crisis. Also, the fact that the flow is down after this has been going on for 10 years, after millions of people have come in and now 400,000 more are coming in, that’s still a problem.

And finally, the New York Times said, when Trump said that Chuck Schumer had supported a wall many times, The New York Times said, “Well that needs context.” Let’s give that some context. Let’s look at what Democrats have been saying about the wall:

Dianne Feinstein (1993): "Mexico does nothing to enforce its border."

Barack Obama (2006): "The bill before us will authorize some badly needed funding for better fences."

Hillary Clinton (2015): "I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier."

Barbara Boxer (2006): "I don’t oppose building a fence where you need to do it, where the border is porous. I just don’t have a problem with that."

Chuck Schumer (2009): "Until the American people are convinced that we will stop future flows of immigration, we will make no progress."

Look, if they reported this factually and the argument took place, we would just be having the argument. But instead, you have conservatives that are furious because you have this constant barrage, a blanket of corporate misinformation. It drives them crazy. It also is conducive to corruption on the Left because they know nobody is going to call them out. They know that they are protected by the press. It is damaging to the country. I’m a first amendment absolutist, I don’t think the government should do anything to fix this. But again and again, I have to keep saying this, the press out of pure integrity should just reform themselves.

 
 
 

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