Trump claims to know of secret terrorist attacks the media refuses to report

Donald Trump revealed today that he is aware of terrorist attacks, happening around the world, that the media (he says) refuses to report on.

Trump revealed his latest conspiracy theory during an address U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida.

Trump first mentioned the recent attacks in France, then went off on his rather odd tangent:

“You’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice, all over Europe it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that.”


Yes, the president of the United States is now peddling conspiracy theories about mysterious terrorist attacks that only he and the media know about, but the media won’t tell you.

This is reminiscent of senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway’s repeated claim that a fictitious terrorist “massacre” occurred in Bowling Green, Kentucky. No such attack has ever occurred. But that hasn’t stopped Conway from mentioning it on three different occasions.

CNN’s Jake Tapper has an other possible explanation today. Trump could be reading all the fake news online, including the fictitious claims of his own top staff, and when doesn’t see those fake stories reported on in the mainstream press, he just assumes the press is censoring the news. When in fact, the stories aren’t real.

Of course, Trump’s claims are false. The media would jump at the chance to report on a terrorist attack, as it’s big news. And big news equals big traffic and big money. Trump’s claim that we all know why the media would conspire not to report on the attacks is thus equally bizarre.

Of course, Trump offered no further explanation. Though his spokesman, Sean Spicer, later tried to claim that the media didn’t get enough attention to certain terrorist attacks. First off, as Jake Tapper noted, that isn’t what Trump said. Second, name one?

The question remains whether Trump is simply a liar, or delusional.

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8 Responses to “Trump claims to know of secret terrorist attacks the media refuses to report”

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  2. pet valet says:

    Another take I’ve seen: This calling out is a mechanism. Gets media on defensive and controls narrative. In this case, keeping terrorism and terrorists in the news (as long as it’s the ones they cite that don’t involve nativists–just muslims).

  3. MoonDragon says:

    In a age gone by, when there was limited access to events and only official sources were available, this might have possibly worked. But, in an era where, paraphrasing a scene from a Bones episode where a bunch of school children spent an overnight in front of an aquarium tank where a man was murdered, “Everyone has a camera and we’re all a bunch of blabbber mouths. If one of us knows something, we all know it.” I don’t relish the idea of debating objective reality, leaving the result to poorly controlled measures of popular opinion, but that’s where we seem to be.

  4. Junk Box says:

    What is that childish taunt…… I know something you don’t know…. This is the sort of thing you would
    expect from a sixth grader.

  5. citizen spot says:

    If the big name media folks wan’t to know where trump is getting his secret information, they should just go look at infowars.com, or whatever the hell it is that that nutbag alex jones’ site is called. All of trump’s “best people” seem to get their news there.

  6. goulo says:

    >>>
    CNN’s Jake Tapper has an other possible explanation today. Trump could
    be reading all the fake news online, including the fictitious claims of
    his own top staff, and when doesn’t see those fake stories reported on
    in the mainstream press, he just assumes the press is censoring the
    news. When in fact, the stories aren’t real.
    <<<

    That is a disturbingly plausible explanation. :/

    Now I hope to see Trump or Conway talk about a covered-up terrorist attack in San Escobar… ;)

  7. Nichomachus says:

    The media won’t report on terrorist activities? Of course they are. They report on President Bannon and his front man Don “The Con” Trump on a daily basis.

  8. Badgerite says:

    Is he kidding? During the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bomber when the city was in lock down the networks carried it live.
    Kellyanne Conjob did not misspeak. She just jumped the gun. Does the GOP have any idea how damaging it is to have this guy represent the United States of America on the world stage.
    America is now being represented by someone who is either a compulsive liar or who cannot distinguish fiction from reality. Either way. This is damaging everything that America stands for.
    At home and abroad.

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