Take for instance this gem I came across declaring that Donald Trump is “100% vindicated” concerning his 9/11 lie based upon a news report from WCBS-TV in New York on November 16, 2001 that discussed “swarms” of people celebrating the 9/11 attack:
The DC Media has spent the last two weeks attempting to destroy Donald Trump with lies. Outright lies, and they are doing so in order to protect a 14 year-old cover up. Not only have eyewitnesses and contemporaneous reports proven Donald Trump 100% correct about Muslims celebrating 9/11, a just-uncovered local CBS News (WCBS-TV in New York) report completely vindicates Trump’s claim of “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating the fall of the World Trade Center.
At first I thought maybe the author of this piece, John Nolte, was just trolling everybody. Sadly, looking through his archives on Breitbart showcase a man who’s obviously an absolute fool and a joke of a “journalist.”
First let’s get into what the news report actually said:
Just a couple of blocks away from that Jersey City apartment the F.B.I. raided yesterday and had evidence removed, there is another apartment building, one that investigators told me, quote, was swarming with suspects — suspects who I’m told were cheering on the roof when they saw the planes slam into the Trade Center. Police were called to the building by neighbors and found eight men celebrating, six of them tenants in the building.
If you head on over to Nolte’s article, he emphasizes the word “swarms” quite emphatically and then says Trump was right about the “thousands and thousands” celebrating in New Jersey.
Now we finally see a random news report that mentions an exact number: Eight.
Yes, “swarms” and “thousands and thousands of people” equals… eight people.
Not only that, but the eight men being discussed in this story weren’t just random Muslims. If you watch the report they go into some detail that the men taken into custody were potentially linked to terrorism, including possible links to the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
But Nolte continued to go on and on…and on about “swarms,” clearly ignoring the fact that it’s obvious the word was used haphazardly by a news reporter as nothing more than a figure of speech. Honestly, his entire claim of a “vindicated Trump” is based completely on the semantics surrounding the word “swarms.” Context dictates it was used as a general expression to describe unverified accounts rather than a precise account of the number of people involved. Especially when an exact number is mentioned – only to be doubted and twisted by Nolte to try to fit his agenda.
The utter stupidity of Nolte’s article is that he seems to be forgetting (or simply ignoring) exactly what Trump said:
“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”
He also later went on to tell ABC News:
“It was on television. I saw it. It was well covered at the time, George. Now, I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good.”
Trump said “as the buildings were coming down” he saw “thousands and thousands of people cheering” and it was “well covered at the time.” Those are his words.
Yet this buffoon John Nolte claims Trump is “100% vindicated” because of a single news report (without any video evidence showing any rooftop celebrations) indicating that eight people had been detained over alleged reports that they were celebrating on the roof.
How could Trump have “seen” these celebrations when there’s no video evidence found anywhere showing these events and, forgive me, but a single report about eight people being taken into custody does not “vindicate” Trump’s claim of thousands and thousands of people he said he saw with his own eyes.
Yet here we have this pathetic excuse for a “news” article, published on a large and fairly popular conservative website, by a writer who’s followed on Twitter by the likes of the RNC, Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity, Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin.
This is the state of the “quality” of “journalism” that’s commonly found in much of the conservative media. Supposed “journalists” who are seen as credible by many Republicans, who write nonsense such as this based on ridiculous arguments so flawed that you have to be willfully ignorant to believe them.