Sunday, April 8, 2018
Today I woke up to a disturbing, yet not unexpected headline dominating the online news feed I look at to catch up on the overnight news that broke while America slept.
I’ll just put a few of the leads posted by various news organizations:
BBC News: At least 70 are killed in suspected chemical attack in Syria
The Atlantic: Trump Calls Out Putin for Syrian Chemical-Weapons Attack
The Washington Post: Trump reacts strongly to allegedly deadly chemical attack in Syria, warning of ‘big price’ to Assad regime
CNN: Trump blamed Russia and ‘Animal Assad’ for a deadly chemical attack in Syria. The President warned of a ‘big price’ to pay
Fox News: Trump slams Obama over not crossing ‘red line’ in Syria with ‘Animal Assad’
Ok, wait, did you see that last one? Which do you think is bigger news, that Trump for the first time ever has called out Vladmir Putin specifically for his role in supporting the Assad regime, or that Trump also blames Obama for the current situation in Syria?
Here are the President’s tweets in response to Syria’s attack on the rebel town:
(6:00 am 4/8/2018) “Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price…
(6:04 am) ….to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!
(6:12 am) If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago! Animal Assad would have been history!
Don’t get me wrong, I think it is a major step in the right direction that Donald Trump named Putin as a co-conspirator in this latest chemical attack on men, women and children in Syria. It just strikes me as interesting that all the ‘fake news’ outlets focused on the actual attack and Trump’s response, while Fox News led with Trump slams Obama.
The dueling headlines this morning illustrated to me the huge media divide in America right now. CNN, The Washington Post, BBC News, and Fox News all reported on the same story, yet Fox’s headline focuses on Obama’s ‘mistake.’