A news outlet distorted President Donald Trump’s comments about the Las Vegas shooting Tuesday, making it appear that Trump was calling the shooting a “miracle.”
Think Progress, an outlet tied to an organization founded by Clinton’s former campaign manager, ran a headline declaring “Trump says Las Vegas mass shooting was ‘in many ways a miracle.’”
“During brief remarks to reporters on Tuesday morning, President Trump offered a very strange description of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. While clutching one of the $40 hats sold by his campaign, Trump told reporters that “what happened in Las Vegas is in many ways a miracle,” the piece reads, making it seem that Trump was directly referring to Sunday’s mass shooting as a “miracle”
But the video the outlet included provides context that the reporter ostensibly ignored when framing his piece: Trump was referring to the rapid response of first responders who rushed to the scene to save lives. The reporter adds another quote that also demonstrates Trump was referring to the rate at which authorities came to the scene.
“The police department has done such an incredible job, and we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by, but I do have to say — how quickly the police department was able to get in was really, very much of a miracle,” the reporter writes, quoting Trump.
Other outlets like The New York Post and NBC News understood what Trump was saying and framed their pieces to reflect the idea that Trump was calling the response to the tragedy “a miracle.”
Think Progress did not return The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment in time for publication. Think Progress is funded by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, an sister organization to the Center for American Progress, founded by John Podesta, the former chairman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.