When Donald Trump reasserted his support Monday for profiling in order to combat the terror threat, his words apparently weren’t spicy enough for CNN – which decided to add its own flourish.
The Republican presidential nominee called for Israel-style profiling Monday on Fox News in the wake of bombings in New York and New Jersey, saying on “Fox & Friends” that Israel has done an “unbelievable job.”
“As you know in Israel they profile, they’ve done an unbelievable job — as good as you can do,” Trump said. “And they’ll profile, they profile. They see somebody who’s suspicious, they profile, they will take that person and they’ll check [them] out.”
While Trump offered no criteria for how he would profile, CNN nevertheless reported that Trump was backing “racial profiling.”
CNN’s chyron late Monday said: “Trump says ‘racial profiling’ will stop terror” – despite Trump not using the word “racial.”
CNN.com ran with a similar angle – “Donald Trump defends racial profiling in wake of bombs” — though the article itself correctly quoted Trump.
Curiously, the CNN.com article also correctly notes that “Trump did not say on what attributes he would encourage police to profile possible suspects,” yet both the headline and first paragraph say Trump was defending “racial” profiling.
Still, while Trump never used the word “racial,” some reporters suggested his plan implies tougher scrutiny of Muslims.
Read these 2 separate Trump/Fox interviews from today and then ask if his claim that he never said he wanted to profile Muslims rings true: pic.twitter.com/q1aFKfWcr8
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) September 20, 2016
Trump’s comments were made after the bombings over the weekend in New Jersey and New York. Suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was captured Monday in New Jersey and charged.