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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Gang That Couldn't Spin Straight

The White House misspelled San Bernardino, Calif., in its Monday evening list of terrorist attacks it says “have not received the media attention they deserved.”
The list calls the Dec. 2, 2015, mass shooting the “San Bernadino” attack before accurately that the “coordinated firearms attack” was perpetrated by “two US persons" who killed 14 people and wounded 21 others.
Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) criticized the spelling error late Monday.
“If the White House didn’t know how to spell San Bernardino they should’ve read one of thousands of heartbreaking articles remembering victims,” he tweeted.
Monday's list additionally features repeated misspellings of "attacker" and "attackers" as "attaker" and "attakers," respectively.
The White House distributed Monday’s list to illustrate how “most” of the noted attacks had not received adequate media coverage.
The list spans from September 2014 to December 2016 and contains 78 attacks planned or carried out by followers of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) both at home and abroad.
The collection includes major attacks such as San Bernardino and the November 2015 massacre in Paris that dominated news coverage for weeks.
Aaron Blake reports at The Washington Post:
Kellyanne Conway thinks she took too much flak for citing a nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre” to justify President Trump's travel ban. She said she simply meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists,” and she later said, “I misspoke one word.”
Except now she doesn't appear to have misspoken at all; she seems to have believed that the Bowling Green massacre was a real thing.
How do we know? Because she cited the same nonexistent attack in separate interviews with two other outlets — Cosmopolitan magazine and TMZ.
Jim Rutenberg reports at The New York Times:
Yet by the end of the weekend, it was Ms. Conway’s credibility that was receiving the most scrutiny (which she described as unfair and coming from “a lot of the haters” in her interview with Mr. Kurtz).
Some, like the New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen, were calling upon the television networks to stop booking her. And CNN declined to have her as a guest on Sunday — in part because the Trump administration offered her in lieu of Vice President Mike Pence, but also because of what the network told me were “serious questions about her credibility.”