On multiple occasions, President Trump has accused CNN of being “fake news.” Writing about Project Veritas founder and president James O’Keefe’s soon-to-be-released book “American Pravda: My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News,” CNN and other media outlets are intentionally misrepresenting the truth regarding a meeting between Mr. O’Keefe and President Trump.
At issue is that CNN’s Oliver Darcy – along with Glenn Minnis at Inquisitr.com and Julia Manchester at The Hill and others – is reporting that then-Mr. Trump asked Mr. O’Keefe if he thought he could obtain then-President Obama’s college records. One of these articles insinuates that an illegal request may have taken place during the meeting; none of them does anything to dissuade the reader from thinking that President Trump believes that former President Obama was born in Kenya. What is being clearly omitted from all the aforementioned articles is that Mr. O’Keefe does not believe that President Obama is a “birther.”
“In 2013, Obama still interested him,” reads the pertinent excerpt from the book. “From what I gathered that day, Trump was not a ‘birther,’ never was. He was confident Obama was born in the United States, but he suspected Obama had presented himself as a foreign student on application materials to ease his way into New York’s Columbia University, maybe even Harvard too, and perhaps picked up a few scholarships along the way. Trump had reason to believe Obama was capable of this kind of mischief.”
In the 607 words he scribed at CNN.com, Mr. Darcy could not seem to find enough space to include any wording clarifying that Mr. O’Keefe does not think President Trump is a birther. Nor did Ms. Manchester in her 214 words at The Hill. Nor did Mr. Minnis in his 446 words at Inquisitr.com. Worst yet, the Minnis article ran with this absolutely outrageous title: “Donald Trump Allegedly Asked James O’Keefe To Break Into Columbia, Steal Obama’s School Records.” The only allegations we’ve seen regarding breaking into an institute of higher learning or stealing come from Mr. Minnis’ factually-challenged title.
In contrast, Amber Athey wrote that “O’Keefe said that he didn’t get the idea that Trump was a ‘birther’’” at The Daily Caller. At Mediaite, Josh Feldman pointed to a tweet where Mr. O’Keefe called out Mr. Darcy for his glaring omission. At Red State, hardly a Trump-supporting publication, Susan Wright ran with two blockquotes of the actual text from the book, leaving no room for reader confusion on the matter.
It seems very clear that certain media outlets intend to prolong a false narrative about President Trump and wish to drive a wedge between Mr. O’Keefe and the president. Project Veritas will continue to expose the truth while fighting the obviously biased propaganda spewed from mouths and keyboards of the mainstream media.