Here is a perfect example of why conservatives think – or more accurately, know – that the media are biased against them and out to get President Trump.
There have been widespread suggestions in the mainstream media that Attorney General Jeff Sessions joined in chants to lock up Hillary Clinton. Take a close look at this story by Politico, titled, “Attorney General Sessions joins ‘lock her up!’ chant in front of high school students.” It is both false and purposely misleading.
Here’s part of it:
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions briefly joined in during a “Lock her up!” chant while delivering a speech to a group of conservative high school students on Tuesday, marking the latest example of President Donald Trump and his aides making aggressive gestures toward their political rivals.
Sessions was speaking about freedom of speech on college campuses when the chant broke out at the Turning Point USA High School Leadership Summit at George Washington University . . .
Chuckling and repeating the chant once himself, Sessions then attempted to move on before saying, “I heard that a long time over the last campaign.”
The remarkable comment by an attorney general of the United States follows other moves by Trump and his aides that have alarmed not only Trump critics but other fellow Republicans.
Now, once you look at the video below, you will see it is very clear that Sessions is not “joining” any chant. He is, a single time, repeating something he has heard. He says it humorously, hardly, as the ostensibly unbiased Politico “news” story contends, an “aggressive gesture.” He’s just chuckling at it, not echoing it or validating it, as many reported. Several headlines say he “repeated” it, which while technically correct, also misleadingly suggests he joined in. He did not.
Then there’s this from Politico:
“I like this bunch, I gotta tell ya, you’re not going to be backing down. Go get ‘em! Go get em’!” Sessions said, when the audience started yelling “Lock her up!” — a staple of Trump’s political rallies that refers to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
This is simply not true. It suggests that his “I like this bunch . . . go get ’em” comment was made in response to the audience saying lock her up, or at the very least contemporaneously with the chant. But it’s clear in the video that his comment is made well before “lock her up” begins.
Very sad. Keep this in mind next time you hear journalists claiming the media are “just doing their job.” Unless for some reason they’re under the impression their job is to elect Democrats.