The Hill made a passing reference to an event put on by youth conservative activist organization Turning Point USA in an article about the ongoing government shutdown. When mentioning the attendance of Donald Trump Jr. at the event, the article claimed that merely “dozens of young people” attended the event Turning Point’s 2018 Student Action Summit.
The event, held in West Palm Beach just before Christmas, attracted several thousand student activists in reality, a far cry from the “dozens” of attendees described by the Hill. Actual photographic evidence of the activists gathered for SAS provides a clear cut refutation of the Hill’s attendance figures- at least a few thousand attendees can be seen in a picture taken near the end of the event. Quite a gap between that and the figure of “dozens” provided by the dubious Washington “news” outlet.
Perhaps merely a journalistic oversight, or perhaps a more nefarious attempt to dismiss the political energy of Turning Point’s annual conference. The organization burst onto the scene of youth activism soon after its founding by Charlie Kirk in 2012, becoming widely known for a propensity to engage in hard-fought metaphorical battles with the left when most youth conservative organizations were struggling to break out of a mold that composed of little more than hefty payments to a rotating set of speakers and generally stale campus activism.
This year’s Student Action Summit, which lasted from Dec. 19-22, included figures prominent in the conservative movement such as Trump Jr, Ron DeSantis, Nigel Farage, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson. As much as it may be inconvenient for mainstream media, the events put on by TPUSA continue to be genuinely popular.
Media Lied: President Trump Did Not Claim Operation Desert Storm Occurred During the Vietnam War
The corporate media has been peddling an edited clip.
The mainstream media falsely reported that President Donald Trump confused the setting of ‘Operation Desert Storm,’ a military name for the 1990 Gulf War, during a July 4th speech on the White House lawn on Sunday. The media accused President Trump of falsely stating that Desert Storm was a military operation that took place during the Vietnam War.
Liberals associated with political organizations such as the Lincoln Project and media groups such as PoliticusUSA displayed edited video clips and made dishonest claims that the President had conflated Operation Desert Storm and the Vietnam war, hoping to score a partisan political point.
Trump just said we fought Operation Desert Storm in the jungles of Vietnam, but please tell us again which Presidential candidate lacks cognitive functions.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) July 5, 2020
In contrast to the claims of partisan liberals, President Trump clearly drew a distinction between combat operations in Vietnam and in Kuwait in 1990, having referred to the events in successive fashion.
Try posting the full clip instead of clipping it out of context. pic.twitter.com/tnBRP0E5dj
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 5, 2020
Other mainstream media pundits and journalists shared claims that Trump had made the mistake, going on to delete their false claims after the erroneous nature of the claim became apparent on social media. Twitter ultimately ended up labeling the claims that the President conflated the two as “manipulated media,” possibly hoping to score credibility with conservatives by executing the bare minimum of content moderation as the platform rampantly censors the free speech of President Trump, conservatives, and right-wingers.
A reporter from MSNBC is yet to delete her tweet falsely accusing the President of confusing Desert Storm and Vietnam, even after the clip she originally retweeted has been delete in acknowledgment of its dishonesty.
Operation Desert Storm…in the jungles of…Vietnam. https://t.co/QEr698vhJ4
— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) July 4, 2020
These are some very dishonest people, folks.
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