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Media playing along as liberals weaponize Gold Star families in fight against GOP

Posted by on Oct. 19, 2017 at 7:06 AM
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As many Democrats weaponize Gold Star families against the GOP, mainstream media outlets now seem to be approaching the families of dead soldiers one by one in an attempt to find the next controversy surrounding President Trump.


Earlier this week, Trump said former President Obama and past presidents didn’t always call the families of soldiers who died while serving the country during a Rose Garden press conference.

“The traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls,” Trump said. “I like to call when it’s appropriate.”
These comments by Trump lit a fire under Democrats, both in the media and in Washington.

Gold Star widows and parents were all over the place on Wednesday, from CNN to The New York Times, mostly to criticize Trump. The Washington Post successfully found a Gold Star father who alleged that Trump didn’t come through on a $25,000 promise, while The Associated Press even tweeted a glorified classified ad with the hope of locating more Gold Star families willing to chat.

“Are you a member of a Gold Star family who’s had contact with the White House? Confidentially share your story here,” the AP tweeted.


A former Reuters contributor commented that the AP’s tweet “seems outside the scope” of journalism.

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., took it to a new level by criticizing what she claimed Trump recently said on a call to a fallen soldier's widow. Trump fired back, tweeting that the congresswoman “totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”

The situation has received so much attention that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was forced to address it during Wednesday’s press briefing.

“I think it's appalling what the congresswoman has done and the way she's politicized this issue and the way that she's trying to make this about something that it isn't,” she said.

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan speaks to the press after being denied access to the ranch of U.S. President George W. Bush in Crawford, Texas August 6, 2006. Sheehan, whose military son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004, recently purchased land near President Bush's ranch and has sought to meet with Bush since starting her peace vigil around Crawford last year. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES) - GM1DTFGXXWAA
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan speaks to the press after being denied access to the ranch of U.S. President George W. Bush in Crawford, Texas, in 2006. (REUTERS/Jason Reed, File)
Sanders criticized the media and the way the situation has been handled, and that was before The Associated Press started soliciting grief-stricken families.

“I think it frankly is a disgrace of the media to try to portray an act of kindness like that and that gesture and to try to make it into something that it isn't,” Sanders said.

Back in 2005, Cindy Sheehan protested the Iraq war outside of President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch after her son, Spc. Casey Sheehan, died while serving in Iraq. She picked up a ton of media attention in the process, and Democrats must have taken notice.

Over a decade later, a different Gold Star family, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, were given an opportunity to speak at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Their son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in 2004 during the Iraq war. But the Pakistani-American Khans were there to trash then-candidate Trump as much as they were on hand to honor their son, according to some supporters of the president.

“Donald Trump, you're asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy,” Khizr Khan said as he waived a copy of the Constitution.

The Khans were back in the news on Tuesday, mocking Trump in a statement to The Hill.

Trump's “selfish and divisive actions have undermined the dignity of the high office of the presidency,” they said in a statement.

The families of fallen soldiers now are used as political ammunition and, sadly, there seems to be no end in sight in the current media landscape.

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News.
by on Oct. 19, 2017 at 7:06 AM
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billsfan1104
by on Oct. 19, 2017 at 7:14 AM
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It's fucking sick. I am waiting now for the go find me accounts and the appearances on Ellen to get a free car and a check for 100k.
What the liberal media is doing right now it totally uncalled for and sick.
SlightlyPerfect
by Babushka Blockparty on Oct. 19, 2017 at 7:16 AM
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What was the point Fox was making? "Trump totally did this, oops, we can't rationalize it away, and this is one story even the WH won't cover him on?"

I'd hardly call a headline like Gold-Star Families Telling Their Stories or journalists seeking the stories out weaponizing or ammunition.

Focus on what Trump said, how he doubled down, and then how he lied.
Sparkles4Lui
by Platinum Member on Oct. 19, 2017 at 8:08 AM
Trump is his own worst enemy. Has he released that PROOF yet?
PamR
by Ruby Member on Oct. 19, 2017 at 8:24 AM
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So Trump lies and somehow liberals are playing the media in covering him?

He should think about what he says and act like a grownup and then this wouldn't be an issue.

couture-mommy
by 8.21.1831 on Oct. 19, 2017 at 8:39 AM
Exactly

Quoting PamR:

So Trump lies and somehow liberals are playing the media in covering him?

He should think about what he says and act like a grownup and then this wouldn't be an issue.

numbr1wmn
by Lina on Oct. 19, 2017 at 8:43 AM

So do you have proof he lied?

Quoting PamR:

So Trump lies and somehow liberals are playing the media in covering him?

He should think about what he says and act like a grownup and then this wouldn't be an issue.


numbr1wmn
by Lina on Oct. 19, 2017 at 8:43 AM
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EarlGrayHot
by on Oct. 19, 2017 at 8:50 AM
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Nonsense.  Don't blame liberals for Trump's trashy behavior.

karlie2
by Member on Oct. 19, 2017 at 9:03 AM
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So let me get this straight.
This whole thing started when Trump commented on how Obama and other presidents didn't call the families of fallen soldiers, but Trump, himself does?

So.... isn't Trump, himself, using these families for political gain and to make himself look good by making that comment?

Perhaps if Trump thought before he spoke, he wouldn't find himself in the hot seat so often.
SuG4
by Firestarter on Oct. 19, 2017 at 9:03 AM
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That title is wrong. I haven’t seen anyone going after the GOP. This is about Trump, and him alone. If anything, Trump seems to include republican Presidents in his statement.
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