Donald Trump: Where does he get his bizarre ideas?

For the second day in a row, President Trump has suggested that the national news media suppresses bad news about violence. He has implied that this is for ideological reasons.

He was wrong on both occasions.

What he said Tuesday was about the murder rate in America. He pointed his finger at the camera crews in the back of the room at a White House event and said “the press doesn’t tell it like it is” — then went on to literally not tell it like it is.

Trump said that “the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? 47 years.”

As CNN’s Jeremy Diamond explained after Trump’s remarks, the U.S. murder rate “isn’t even close to such record highs.”

There was a significant increase in the murder rate between 2014 and 2015. So Trump would be right to cite a record increase year-over-year. But the figure remains at a historically low level. The murder rate was much higher 47 years ago, in the 1970’s, and was also higher in the 1980s and 1990s.

Source: Trump faults media while lying about murder rate – Feb. 7, 2017

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