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Trump accusing media of deliberately minimizing coverage of IS attacks

Trump accusing media of deliberately minimizing coverage of IS attacksUS President Donald Trump accused the media of deliberately minimising coverage of the threat posed by the Islamic State group. He said news outlets "had their reasons" for not reporting what he described as a "genocide" underway at the hands of the group.

This claim was made during his yesterday visit to the headquarters of U.S. Central Command, Associated Press reports.

Later, the White House released a list of 78 attacks it described as "executed or inspired by" the Islamic State group since September 2014. The White House said, "most" on the list did not get sufficient media attention, although it did not explain how it defined the term. Some of the incidents on the list received widespread attention and deep reporting.

"You've seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe, it's happening. It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported," Trump told a group of military leaders and troops during the visit. "And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. They have their reasons and you understand that."

Trump, who has made relentless criticism of the media a hallmark of his presidency, did not explain why he thinks news outlets minimise attention on such attacks.

Later, White House spokesman Sean Spicer tried to tone down the president's remarks, saying it was a question of balance: "Like a protest gets blown out of the water, and yet an attack or a foiled attack doesn't necessarily get the same coverage."

The list released late Monday included incidents like a truck massacre in Nice, France, that killed dozens and received widespread attention, as well as less high-profile incidents in which nobody was killed.
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