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Stelter On FNC’s Coverage Of Illegal Immigrant Rapists: When Do Rapes Become National News?


CNN's Brian Stelter criticized Tucker Carlson and the FOX News Channel for focusing on the Rockville rape but not a hate crime committed by a white man. Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith accused parents who expressed criticism of racism. From Sunday's edition of Reliable Sources: BRIAN STELTER, RELIABLE SOURCES: Rapes and assaults murders are local news stories on a daily basis. But when do they break through to become national news, and when do they not? This week, the health care bill, the talks in the House dominated cable news coverage all over the place. But FOX News also focused heavily on another story, and sometimes tying it to the president's immigration story. Watch. TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: Two alleged assailants, Jose Montano and Henry Sanchez Milian, both arrived in this country just a few months ago. SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS: This terrible crime is just the latest in a long list of Americans who are victims because of illegal immigration. JEANINE PIRRO, FOX NEWS: This shocking case of a 14-year-old girl allegedly raped by two illegal immigrants in a Maryland school got me thinking. Do you know who's in school with your children? If you think that your school administrator, principal has your back, think again. STELTER: A sickening story from Rockville, Maryland, about an alleged rape at a school. Now, on FOX, all roads lead back to media bias. So, Tucker Carlson called out channels like CNN for not covering this story thoroughly, for not covering it extensively. He also pointed out NBC, CBS, ABC's nightly newscasts did not cover this alleged rape. Now, FOX chose to focus on that, partly trying it to Trump's immigration agenda. That was a story in Maryland. But there was another story with Maryland ties that got little to no coverage anywhere on FOX or other channels. This was a story that crossed state lines from Maryland to New York. But you may not have heard about it. This was about an Army veteran, an alleged white supremacist who drove to New York and attacked a 66-year-old black man with a 26-inch knife, killing that man. Now, there's much still to be learned about this story. You can see surveillance footage from the incident here. But this story received almost no coverage on FOX or CNN or anywhere else for that matter, another example of a crime, but not a crime that fit the political agenda of those pro-Trump hosts on FOX.

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Bill Plante To Journalists: Don’t Share How You “Feel” About Trump; “If You’re Offended, Keep It To Yourself”


CBS News veteran journalist Bill Plante advised journalists not to get involve how they "feel" when they report a story about President Donald Trump. Plante said journalists should investigate, follow up and find evidence to support or refute something Trump said, but no "disputing how we feel about the claim." Plante was the White House correspondent for CBS News before he retired. "The important thing for reporters covering this is not to get involved personally in disputing this or disputing how we feel about the claim," Plante said on Reliable Sources Sunday morning. "If you are offended by what's going on, you should keep it to yourself." "What do you make of this dynamic between Sean Spicer and the press. This morning Spicer said we're not going to talk about this at all anymore until there's an investigation. Is that going to hold up in the briefing room tomorrow?" CNN host Brian Stelter asked the news vet. "No," Plante responded. "He'll come under sustained questioning tomorrow to offer evidence that there is something going on here. And he will deflect that as he has in the past because so far they haven't been able to provide any evidence. But again, the important thing for reporters covering this is not to get involved personally in disputing this or disputing how we feel about the claim. But simply to drive home that there is no evidence unless somehow that evidence turns up and that this has to be continually investigated and discussed, but not to get involved." "It sounds to me like you feel some journalists are taking this too personally, getting too emotional. Is that fair?" Stelter asked. "I see tweets from people and no names, of course, but who are offended by what's going on. Well, if you are offended by what's going on, you should keep it to yourself," Plante said.

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