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Conservative media liken Biden protest comment to Trump’s ‘fine people’ dustup

Apr 25

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President Biden condemned both antisemitic protests taking place on college campuses and people who he said don’t have a full understanding of Palestinian suffering. However, conservative news outlets are comparing the president’s comments to an infamous moment from Donald Trump’s presidency. 

The president was in Virginia Monday, April 22, where he was asked questions about protests happening on college campuses around the country, like the protests at Columbia University which have led to arrests and a move to remote learning.

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Protestors want Columbia to cut financial ties with Israel and divest any investments it has in the country. Some protestors have made blatantly antisemitic comments, such as saying Oct. 7th will happen “10,000 more times.”

“I condemn the antisemitic protests, that’s why I’ve set up a program to deal with that.” Biden said. “I also condemn those who don’t understand what’s going on with the Palestinians.”

According to the Straight Arrow News Media Miss™ tool, outlets are framing this story very differently.

News providers with a right-leaning bias are comparing Biden’s statement to former President Trump’s now infamous “fine people on both sides” comment that he made in 2017 in the wake of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

“And you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides,” Trump said in August 2017 after Charlottesville. 

Fox’s headline ran a headline that said: “Biden crushed for equivocating on antisemitic protests: ‘Very fine people on both sides’ moment.”

The outlet shared social media posts from multiple conservative pundits who criticized President Biden.

RealClearPolitics, which leans right, ran with a similar headline and prominently placed a tweet from RNC research on top of the article. 

The outlet’s lead sentence stated: “The Republican Party mocked President Biden for hedging when he condemned alleged ‘anti-Semitic’ protests on college campuses on Monday.”

Breitbart ran a similar headline and described “the fine people hoax.” The outlet shared a transcript of Trump’s 2017 remarks to show the entire response he gave regarding the Charlottesville rally. That transcript includes Trump saying that white nationalists should be “condemned totally.” 

As an example from the left, Politico said: “Biden condemns ‘antisemitic protests’ — and absence of Palestinian empathy, too.”

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[Ray Bogan]

President Biden condemned both anti-semitic protests taking place on college campuses and people who he said don’t have a full understanding of Palestinian suffering. But according to the Media Miss tool on SAN.com, conservative news outlets are comparing the President’s comments to an infamous moment from Donald Trump’s presidency. 

 

Here are the facts of what happened: 

 

The President was in Virginia Monday where he was asked questions about protests happening on college campuses around the country. Protests at Columbia University have led to arrests and even a move to remote learning. 

 

Protestors want the University to cut financial ties with Israel and divest any investments it has in the country. Some protestors have made blatantly anti-semitic comments like October 7th will happen “10,000 more times”. 

I condemn the anti-Semitic protests, that’s why I’ve set up a program to deal with that. I also condemn those who don’t understand what’s going on with the Palestinians,” Biden said. 

Using the Media Miss tool on SAN.com or the Straight Arrow News app, you can see how outlets are framing this very differently. Media Miss not only shows what the media is covering, but lets you dissect how they’re covering it.

News providers with a right-lean bias are comparing Biden’s statement to former President Donald Trump’s now infamous “fine people on both sides” comment that he made in 2017 in the wake of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

“And you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides,” Trump said in August 2017 after Charlottesville. 

Fox’s headline says: Biden crushed for equivocating on antisemitic protests: ‘Very fine people on both sides’ moment. They shared social media posts from multiple conservative pundits who criticized President Biden. 

Real Clear Politics, which leans right, ran with a similar headline and prominently placed a tweet from RNC research on top of the article. 

Their lead sentence stated: The Republican Party mocked President Biden for hedging when he condemned alleged “anti-Semitic protests on college campuses” on Monday.

Breitbart ran a similar headline and described what it calls – “the fine people hoax”. The outlet shared a transcript of Trump’s 2017 remarks to show the entire response he gave regarding the Charlottesville rally. That includes Trump saying white nationalists should be “condemned totally”. 

For an example from the left, Politico said, “Biden condemns ‘antisemitic protests’ — and absence of Palestinian empathy, too.”