Fake Shooting Video Shown at Trump Resort in Miami

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We ran the numbers: There are 938 news articles covering this topic. 34% (317) are left leaning, 61% (568) center, 6% (53) right leaning.

At a pro-Trump conference at the president’s Miami resort last week, Trump supporters showed a violent fake video of the president massacring critics and media organizations. Left-leaning articles tend to point out that this video represents the dangerous effects of the Trump administration’s anti-media rhetoric, while right-leaning articles emphasize that Trump has condemned the video and centrist articles both report Trump’s condemnation and question the implications of the violent imagery.

A left-leaning New York Times article analyzes the video and notes that it is similar to other memes depicting violence against the media that Trump has tweeted out in the past. The article reports that several of Trump’s “top surrogates,” including his son Donald Trump Jr. and former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders were scheduled to speak at the conference and have denied knowledge of the video. The article reports that the video was given to the media by Trump supporters, noting, “The disclosure that the video was played shows how Mr. Trump’s anti-media language has influenced his supporters and bled into their own propaganda.”

A right-leaning article from the New York Post reports a statement from White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who said on Monday that the president had not seen the video, that he would see it soon, and that he strongly condemns its use at the conference. The article also notes that Sanders and Trump Jr. have denied that they knew about the video. Other right-leaning articles also tend to stress Trump’s condemnation of the video.

Centrist coverage from NPR characterizes the video as “disturbing.” It reports that the White House Correspondents’ Association called for Trump to denounce the video. Additionally, NPR has completed an analysis of Trump’s rhetoric that shows that Trump’s attacks against the media have become more virulent in recent months. According to the analysis, “Trump's use of heated phrases including "lamestream media," "bullshit," "coup," "treason," "enemy of the people" and "corrupt media" jumped considerably beginning in March of this year. October is on pace to set a record.”