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Thursday, October 11, 2018
CNS Misquotes Reporter To Justify Trump's Insult Of Her
Topic: has no problem falsely smearing reporters to make President Trump look good. Case in point: an Oct. 1 blog post by Craig Bannister, who writes thusly:

When an ABC reporter told President Donald Trump she was “not thinking,” she was taken aback when he agreed with her.

Monday morning, Trump was touting a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, when he called on ABC’s Cecilia Vega. Vega did not respond, prompting Trump to comment that she was “shocked” that he called on her. When Trump understood Vega to say she wasn’t thinking, Trump agreed, teasing, “I know, you never do.”

Trump: “She’s shocked that I picked her. She’s like in a state of shock.”

Vega: “I’m not thinking, Mr. President.”

Trump: “That’s OK. I know you’re not thinking. You never do.”

Vega: “I’m sorry?”

Trump: “No, go ahead. Go ahead.”

Vega then proceeded to ask, not about trade, but about the controversy surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Trump said he wasn’t finished answering questions about trade and that he’d field her question about Kavanaugh afterwards.

But Vega didn't say, "I'm not thinking, Mr President." As an actual news outlet reported, she said, "I'm not. Thank you, Mr. President."There was no justification or pretext for Trump's insult of Vega, and it continues the pattern of Trump's belittling of people, especially women, whom he perceives as his critics.

Bannister even included a video of the exchange, which makes it clear that Vega never said "I'm not thinking." It seems Bannister didn't watch it before posting.

On top of that, Bannister's headline -- "ABC Reporter Shocked When Trump Agrees With Her That She Was ‘Not Thinking,’ Says ‘I Know, You Never Do’" -- is completely false as well. Vega did not say she was shocked, and she did not say she was "not thinking."

Meanwhile, Bannister's post is live and uncorrected, as if CNS approves of publishing false information to serve its favorite president.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:39 AM EDT

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