Stephanopoulos: "I'm still waiting for the evidence that we've been directly involved in killing people as well. You made your points about Iraq. But I do want to move on."
As hard as it may be to believe, Stephanopoulos -- presenting himself as a leading American journalist -- pretends to be unaware of the killings associated with the brutal interrogations of "war on terror" and Iraq War detainees, the targeted drone killings that both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama have signed off on, the mass slaughter of citizens in Fallujah and other Iraqi cities bombarded by the U.S. military, the more recent killings of doctors and patients at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, and -- relevant to the issue of journalists -- the killings of Al Jazeera, Reuters and other reporters in Iraq.
One could go back through history and remind Stephanopoulos of many other examples of the U.S. government slaughtering large numbers of civilians either directly in places such as Vietnam or indirectly through proxies in regions such as Central and South America. But the stance of a "respectable" American "journalist" apparently must be that none of that ever happened or, if it did happen, it was all an unintended mistake.
Though Trump is regularly accused of getting his facts wrong, he responded to Stephanopoulos with incredulity: "Excuse me, take a look at the rampage all over the place. And you know what we've gotten for Iraq? We've spent $2 trillion, OK? We've -- thousands, hundreds of thousands of people killed. We've lost thousands and thousands of our great young people, soldiers.
"So, $2 trillion, deaths, wounded warriors, we have nothing, and Iran is now taking over Iraq with the second largest oil reserves in the world. " We're run by people that don't have a clue."
But Stephanopoulos apparently did not realize that Donald Trump -- of all people -- had just taken him to school on the question of who had a better grasp of reality. So, the ABC-TV "newsman" lamely shot back with a non-sequitur: "And Iran has been backed by Vladimir Putin."
While much of what Trump says can be fairly criticized for inaccuracies and exaggerations -- as well as for offensive and divisive rhetoric -- the sad reality is that the mainstream media personalities who pose as "truth-tellers" are often more detached from facts and more beholden to delusions than he is.
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