By John Gibson
I'm hoping to patent the Trump Translator App this afternoon. In Silicon Valley, ideas like this are called "Moon Shots", because the sky is the bleeping limit, baby!
The reason I will make a ton on his app is there are thousands of media people in this country who need the Trump Translator app desperately, and I'm going to charge an arm and a leg for the damn thing. I will tell you that. (Trump speak.)
Here's a major for instance, fresh in everyone's mind because it happened just yesterday.
President Trump was speaking at Centcom in Tampa, Florida. The audience of military. The subject was whatever came to President Trump's mind. But he got around to talking about the war on terrorists, like ISIS.
He said this:
"Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino and all across Europe. 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," Trump said. (Itals mine.)
"They have their reasons, and you understand that." the president added.
The media went crazy. What? they cried out in unison! We cover all the big terror attacks! Anderson Cooper said, I know we cover them because I was there, and CBS's Norah O'Donnell called Trump's claim "farcical."
Once again, media outrage as they parsed the President's words and their verdict was damning: he is lying that we don't report on terror attacks. We reported on Paris' Bacalan, the Brussels airport, the Charlie Hebdo, the Nice truck slaughter, etc, etc, and true enough. They did.
But the Trump Translator App offered another take, (an "alternative fact", if you will): Trump meant that of the 78 world wide terror attacks since 2014 listed by the White House about half got little or no attention in the U.S. media. That is important because the small attacks killing one or two victims in places like Copenhagen or Riyadh are the connections with the large attacks involving dozens or hundreds of victims that tell us radical Islam is, in fact, waging war on us.
And it is also true that the media "have their reasons" for failing to report, because the media was in full support of the administration that let the violence continue by pretending radical Islam is not waging war on us.
That's the correct translation.
But to demonstrate how the media works overtime to mis interpret what Trump says, or worse, to avoid his plain meaning, this is how the above was reported by anchor Scott Pelley on the CBS Evening News:
"President Trump told a U.S. military audience that there have been terrorist attacks that no one knows about because the media choose not to report them. It has been a busy day for Presidential statements divorced from reality."
Really? "There have been terrorist attacks that no one knows about because the media choose not to report them"? That's the most extreme way possible to parse his words, and the purpose of being that extreme is to instill in the audience a sense that President Trump is out of control and out of his depth.
Scott Pelley needs my Trump Translator app really really bad.
And since he's really really rich I'm going to really really jack the price and gouge him.