Despite what the White House has claimed, top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway acknowledged on Tuesday that some terror attacks on a list released by the administration did in fact receive “international coverage and wall-to-wall coverage.”
“What the President, I believe, is saying, Bill, is that the ones you’re pointing out we had a high number of casualties, of course got international coverage and wall-to-wall coverage, as well they should have,” Conway said in an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer.
She claimed that other attacks “lead to mass casualties but still don’t get the attention.”
“It tells you that we’re becoming inured to some of these attacks that don’t, thank God, lead to mass casualties, but still don’t get the attention,” Conway added. “Anybody who thinks that this is just an issue and a movement of terrorists fading into the background is just wrong. I think the President just wants to shine a light on that.”
During a speech on Monday before American troops at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Trump claimed that the media is not reporting on terrorist attacks, though he did not explain why.
“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,” he said. “They have their reasons and you understand that.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer later denied that Trump meant attacks are underreported to make him look bad.
“He felt members of the media don’t always cover some of those events to the extent that other events might get covered,” Spicer told reporters on Air Force One. “Protests will get blown out of the water, and yet an attack or a foiled attack doesn’t necessarily get the same coverage.”
The Trump administration on Monday night released a list of 78 terror attacks it said have been ignored by the media. However, the list included several attacks that did earn widespread coverage, such as the San Bernardino, California shooting in 2015 and the attack in Nice, France in 2016.
Here’s the list the White House sent of attacks they feel “did not receive adequate attention from Western media sources.” pic.twitter.com/lj8eOZQfnY
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) February 7, 2017