By now we have all digested the nonsense ‘alternative fact’ from President Trump about the media underreporting or just not reporting on terrorist attacks. And how simple it was to debunk. And how the White House quickly and easily provided a list of 78 examples and how simple they were to debunk. We all know this scenario is baloney!

Now comes President Donald Trump’s claim Monday at the key US military base overseeing the war on ISIS — US Central Command in Tampa, Florida — that the media aren’t reporting terrorism for “reasons” the President didn’t elaborate upon.

Trump told the CENTCOM audience, “You’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe, it’s happening. 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. They have their reasons, and you understand that.”

To “prove” that the media aren’t covering terrorism adequately the Trump White House, which is fighting in court to reinstate a refugee ban citing the terrorist threat, on Monday night released a list of 78 “major” terrorist attacks since September 2014, claiming, “Most have not received the media attention they deserved.”

Much of following fallout covered that the president didn’t know what he was talking about. Or was playing loose and free with the facts again. Or that the White House is out of control. That may seem so but I’ve been thinking about this in some depth and I think there is something else afoot.

Immediately following his speech, the media went nuts with the president’s folly. And with the release of the 78 attacks they went to great lengths to prove they had covered them. So for several days this pretty much all we heard about.

So this is what I think played out. To make his immigration policy acceptable to his core and to those on the fringe…he needs them to be afraid. He wants you to be afraid. And he knows that after two years of discrediting the media, that his followers don’t pay attention to it. He needed to grab their attention so he made this wild ass claim. His followers are following the media now…he releases the 78 events…many of them in the more distant past…some not in the front of our memory anymore…and one at a time they come and go in our consciousness. But now, all 78 are being discussed and out there in front…and OMG there were 78 terrorist attacks! The president has got to save us!

So be afraid, be sore afraid, but not of terrorist attacks. Be afraid of the continued manipulation of the people and the press for nefarious reasons by the White House. Don’t let that happen.

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