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‘Will NBC apologize?’ Rough day for media breathlessly reporting Trump ignored troops over Christmas

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On Christmas afternoon NBC News and its media cohorts ran premature reports declaring President Donald Trump to be the “first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime.”

Less than 24 hours later, the president and first lady arrived in Iraq for a surprise visit with U.S. troops stationed at Al Asad Air Base “to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas,” according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

As of Thursday morning, NBC’s fraudulent report still remained online, while it and others had spread far and wide:

Hundreds of media personalities and celebrities shared the false story:

The only observable change on NBC’s part was the addition of a correction:

“On Wednesday, a day after this article was published, President Trump made a surprise visit to Iraq to greet U.S. troops. It was his first presidential visit to a combat zone,” an editor’s note reads.

Watch below as the president and first lady Melania Trump are greeted at Al Asad Air Base:


The couple’s surprise visit marked their first trip to a war zone.

While at the air base, the president met with hundreds of troops:


And delivered a speech in which he thanks the troops for eliminating the threat of ISIS.

“Two years ago, when I became President, they were a very dominant group,” he said. “They were very dominant. Today, they’re not so dominant anymore. (Applause.) Great job. I looked at a map, and two years ago it was a lot of red all over that map. But now you have a couple little spots. And that’s happening very quickly. That’s happening very quickly. You’ll be seeing that.”

“I want to just say great job. And we’ll be watching ISIS very closely. We’ll be watching them very, very closely — the remnants of ISIS.”


What remains unclear is why NBC News hasn’t simply deleted its original report and issued an apology.

Also in question is why neither NBC nor its peers have taken the time to note that Melania just did something former first lady Michelle Obama reportedly never did: visit U.S. troops in a war zone.

It’s almost as if the media has an agenda that revolves around constantly disparaging the president.


Of course, the left sees things differently. If anything, the left has been defending NBC on the grounds that its reporting “shamed” Trump into visiting the troops in Iraq.


Never mind that surprise visits to war zones are planned weeks in advance

The non-TDS-afflicted members of Twitter reacted to the president’s visit more sanely by contrasting fraudulent reports about Trump with the actual facts on the ground.


Facts are stubborn things. But so are members of the “Hate Trump” club.


Vivek Saxena


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