While covering the return of three Americans released by North Korea, NBC News’ Hallie Jackson claimed the entire thing was “choreographed” and a “stage production,” Newsbusters reported.
“We have been witness to what has been a remarkable several hours here at Joint Base Andrews. The President is back at the White House. The detainees, the returnees now, are at Walter Reed Medical Center,” Jackson said, according to a transcript provided by Newsbusters.
“But this is something that we’ll be talking about for a while. It was a moment of intense anticipation. You had — it also (was) very carefully choreographed right? The Vice President landed, the President, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and then that plane carrying these three American citizens.”
What was sort of striking in the moment — and you’ve talked already about the geopolitical implications of this, what this means for the summit moving forward between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un — But what was striking, was that this was, listen, Donald Trump is a former reality show producer. This was a staged production meant for television, meant for the cameras, meant to be shown and seen here in this country and around the world.
You had floodlights lighting up this 30 X 50-foot American flag, hanging in between two ladder trucks, as the plane carrying these men rolled in. This moment when the President and First Lady holding hands went up the stairs, spending six minutes in private conversation.
And then unexpectedly, because we didn’t think that was going to happen, unexpectedly coming over with these men, and taking a number of questions from reporters who had gathered around in front yelling questions, including about where the summit is. The President wouldn’t say. Including about whether he’s spoken with President Kim Jong Un. The President wouldn’t say.
Tom Blumer noted:
Chronicling examples of genuinely cynical political choreography — Trump’s greeting of released hostages certainly doesn’t fit into that category — would fill a library. The size of that library would barely shrink if one excluded instances where the press commented on or criticized it.
It’s also worth noting that the press never made an issue of how President Barack Obama rarely spoke without the assistance of a teleprompter — a form of choreography previous presidents and Trump used and have used, respectively, with far less frequency.
Additionally, there are plenty of instances of political choreography which have involved active press participation — from planted debate questions, to preventing opposing views from appearing at supposedly wide-open forums, to using visual tricks to exaggerate the perceived size of demonstrations and protests relating to causes they support (while using those same tricks to downplay those they don’t).
Twitchy observed: “Yes Hallie, it was just reality TV. It wasn’t that the president wanted to greet the freed Americans. He figured there’d be so many people up watching TV at 3:00 a.m. and he wanted to hit that prime viewing window.”
Jackson was hammered on social media:
So, they spent years in prison so Trump could take credit for their release? Or just showing their face in public is somehow inappropriate?Or are you guys just children who defend yourself by repeating whatever you hear? We're not fake, you're fake!
— Freddie L Daniels (@freddieldaniels) May 10, 2018
Did @HallieJackson complain about the Berghal event by the Obama Admin?
— Glenn Amurgis (@gamurgis) May 10, 2018
Not that we’re aware of…
The TDS is strong with that one.
— Paul A Marketos (@PaulAMarketos) May 10, 2018
It sure seems that way.
Incidents like this, by the way, are why we refer to the mainstream media as the “Democrat-media complex.” It’s gotten so insane that Trump could single-handedly cure cancer and the media would find a way to put a negative spin on it.
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