In what may be an unprecedented act of disrespect, NBC Nightly News all but censored President Donald Trump in the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s terrorist attack in London.
…treating the commander-in-chief as little more than an “unconfirmed” source.
NBC News was providing a running update on the attack on its Twitter feed, but took the extraordinary step of discounting a retweet by Trump.
Pres. Trump has used Twitter to share news report on London incident.
We aren't relaying president's retweet, as the info is unconfirmed.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) June 3, 2017
The tweet in question was from Drudge Report and stated: “Fears of new terror attack after van ‘mows down 20 people’ on London Bridge…”
Shortly after the NBC News tweet besmirching Trump, The Associate Press reported:
BREAKING: Prime Minister Theresa May says London incident being treated as a 'potential act of terrorism'
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 3, 2017
As facts would bear out, there were an estimated 100 people on the bridge when three men drove a van into the crowd before leaping out and stabbing a number of others in nearby bars and restaurants — in all, seven people died and 48 were injured, according to CNN.
So why the censorship, other than the tweet mentioning the phrase “terror attack?”
A second tweet by the president just before the NBC reaction featured a renewed call for a proposed travel ban from the seven Muslim-majority countries that have few, if any control over who is traveling. NBC did make reference to this tweet.
Social media users did not appreciate the network’s disrespect for Trump, with one user reminding them that Brian Williams is still employed there!
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
So far he has been right EVERY time. He’s one of those people that can connect the dots quickly. Not afflicted with selective blindness.
— Hap Ely Retired (@713_870) June 4, 2017
Already being reported the authorities treating this as potential act of terror. Trump is far more reliable than NBC. Not close.
— ForeverWest (@NoyesWY) June 4, 2017
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) June 3, 2017
— Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) June 4, 2017
Useful reminder: this is a network that for many years had Brian Williams as their mouthpiece…and he still works there. https://t.co/Kp3Re7H6fL
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) June 4, 2017
I can assure you from South London there have been three terrorist incidents in London tonight and it’s ongoing
— Wendy D (@wendyjaned) June 3, 2017
I hope you have this confirmed because if you don’t I personally will follow up as you just published false statement about my President.
— BoomBoom?Pow? (@bonniemurphy) June 4, 2017
NBC news is still treating Trump as a celebrity and not as President who has far more intel on what is happening in the world then they do. https://t.co/dvt3COHa1I
— Tim Xeriland (@Xeriland) June 4, 2017
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