The media is under fire again in the current GOP election cycle as details surface that CNN altered the sequence of a video in order to change Donald Trump’s answers to a Yahoo reporter’s questions.
An unedited version of the same video now shows that Trump did not say, “Absolutely” when asked if he would employ a Muslim registry and that the answer Trump gave to the question was never included in the video released by CNN.
The incident took place on Thursday and the unedited video reveals that Trump answered “Absolutely” to a different question altogether. What Trump actually answered to the question, “Should there be a Muslim registry?” is, “There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases. We should have a lot of systems, and today you can do it.”
Trump went on to say, “But right now we need to have a border, we have to have strength, we have to have a wall, and we cannot let what’s happening to this country happen any longer.”
When asked if a Trump White House would implement those changes he answered, “Absolutely.” The un-doctored video reveals that Trump did not call for a registry of Muslims in America, “I didn’t suggest a database,” Trump said, “a reporter did.”
Talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the edited video, “They keep applying standard, ordinary, everyday tactics on hit pieces to Donald Trump, and all that happens as a result is that Trump increases his support,” he said.
There is no indication whether CNN will un-publish the doctored video or continue to publicize the false information.
Byron York indicted in the Washington Examiner that Trump is responsible for allowing the media to catch him distracted, “But the damage had been done. In the end, the responsibility is always the candidate’s to be on guard for attempts, by journalists or rival campaign operatives, to entice him into saying damaging things. Sometimes those are attempts to create a story out of nothing. The Muslim database affair seems a particularly audacious example of that.”
Trump later Tweeted, “I didn’t suggest a database — a reporter did. We must defeat Islamic terrorism & have surveillance, including a watch list, to protect America.”