CNN published an article last Thursday titled “Donald Trump says Russia isn’t to blame for MH17, despite evidence.” The network has yet to come out and correct or even apologize for the false headline. Meanwhile, the article is being broadcast worldwide.
The incident known as “MH17” refers to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that was shot down last year by a Russian surface-to-air missile called an SA-11. The crash killed all 298 passengers. As Donald Trump has said multiple times in interviews with CNN and MSNBC, Russia was “probably” involved.
Not only has CNN’s lie traveled across America, it has made its way to other countries including Ukraine and Iran; the later of which published an article titled “US should not blame Russia for crash of Malaysian airliner: Donald Trump.”
The false article cites an interview Trump did with MSNBC on October 14th in which he spoke about MH17. He remained solid in his opinion that Russia was “probably” to blame for the crash. While the content of the article may be true, publishing a story with a false title is a blatant smear of presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
Funny enough, the interview began with Trump commenting that everyone in America knows they are being lied to by mainstream media.
Host Katy Tur brought up the topic of MH17, explaining that most people blame Russian-supported Ukrainian insurgents. When asked if he would hold Putin accountable for the tragedy, Trump replied that although we can’t be 100% certain who shot down the plane, Russia was probably to blame.
“Well, you know they say it wasn’t them, it may have been their weapon, but they didn’t use it, they didn’t fire it, they even said the other side fired it to blame them. I mean to be honest with you, you’ll probably never know for sure. It was probably Russia. It was probably people involved with, on the pro-Russia side. But I think we have to straighten our own problems out right now, Katy. We have some very big problems…”
The only controversy here is that Trump would not put sanctions on Russia if elected president. He thinks we can just sweep this whole incident under the rug.
“It’s a long ways away. We have to get back to making America great again,” said Trump. “It’s terrible, but we really probably won’t know for sure. And you’ll probably never find out. There are only a few people that know. And you know one of them could be Putin, frankly, and we know one thing: he’s not going to be talking about it.”