Media Bias: CNN national political reporter's 'analysis' piece contains opinion

Maeve Reston said Trump during a speech attempted "to play on the fears" of individuals "who view the rise of Black Lives Matter as a threat to the historical dominance of White people."

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Flagging reporters for crossing the line between fact and opinion
(Just the News)
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 10:59pm

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With the Neutral Zone Infraction, Just the News tries to do its part to maintain the line between fact and opinion in American journalism by blowing the whistle each week on an egregious example of slanted coverage by reporters. This week's offender: Maeve Reston.

CNN National Political Reporter Maeve Reston in an analysis piece published last Saturday claimed that President Trump during his July 3rd speech at Mount Rushmore attempted "to play on the fears" of individuals "who view the rise of Black Lives Matter as a threat to the historical dominance of White people."

Reston's piece neglected to mention that President Trump in his speech extolled the ideal of racial equality, an ideal which is, by definition, itself a threat to the "dominance of White people."

"We believe in equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal treatment for citizens of every race, background, religion, and creed," Trump declared during the address. "Every child, of every color — born and unborn — is made in the holy image of God."

Reston's claim that the president sought to exploit the fears of a minority "who view the rise of Black Lives Matter as a threat to the historical dominance of White people" thus breaks the boundaries of straight news reporting and constitutes an unacknowledged interpretation lacking plausible substantiation in the referenced text.

Just the News has attempted to reach out to CNN for comment but has not yet received a response.

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