After the explosion happened in Chelsea over the weekend, reporters were quick to gather statements from both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to get their takes on the event.
Trump, who just getting off his plane in Colorado for a speech, referred to the explosion as a “bomb” going off in New York City. The press was quick to jump on this statement, as at the time it wasn’t official announced that the explosion was due to a bomb, and tried to brand Trump as making a “hasty judgment”, while making it seem as if Clinton gave a more measured response.
The Washington Post even released an article immediately after his statement titled, “Trump says ‘bomb’ went off in New York before details of explosion confirmed ”
As we know now, Trump was absolutely right in his assessment that the explosion was due to a deliberately placed explosive device, or “bomb”, making the media again look irrelevant and incompetent.
For Hillary Clinton, however, the media was quick to try and portray her as presidential, offering a tempered response to the incident.
An exhausted Clinton, who seemed to barely be able to keep her eyes open on her private plane, offered a statement that used the term “bombing” in her first sentence to the press.
Although she described the scenario using the same wording as Trump, the press did not release any headlines criticizing her for hastily jumping to conclusions before the facts were released.
In fact, CNN went as far as to edit out her first sentence entirely, attempting to make it look as if Hillary Clinton was giving a more “presidential” response.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 18, 2016
Clinton’s actual first sentence is as follows:
Clinton: I’ve been briefed about bombings in New York and New Jersey, and the attacks in Minnesota. Obviously, we need to do everything we can to support our first responders, also to pray for the victims. We have to let this investigation unfold. We’ve been in touch with various officials, including the mayor’s office in New York, to learn what they are discovering as they conduct this investigation. And I’ll have more to say about it when we actually know the facts.
Later on, a member of the press asks Clinton if she had any reaction to Trump classifying the explosion as a “bomb”, before knowing the facts.
Press: Secretary Clinton, do you have any reaction to the fact that Donald Trump, immediately upon taking the stage tonight, called the explosion in New York a “bomb” … ?
Clinton: Well, I think it’s important to know the facts about any incident like this. That’s why it’s critical to support the first responders, the investigators who are looking into it, trying to determine what did happen.
Donald Trump responded to CNN’s editing of Clinton’s full statement on Fox & Friends, calling it “disgusting, disgraceful” and “dishonest”.
CNN is disgusting and disgraceful,” said Trump, adding that he was treated more fairly by Fox News.
“These people are the most dishonest people, CNN is so disgusting and dishonest, and I watch it, it’s so unfair, they call it the Clinton news network,” said Trump.
“She used the word ‘bombs’ also by the way….I was criticized for calling it correctly – what I said was exactly correct,” he added.
Well, CNN isn’t referred to as the “Clinton News Network” for nothing after all.
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) September 19, 2016