I’ll make this short and easy to understand.
Here is what NBC’s Peter Alexander reported. The bold print is mine:
“Amid the chaos, President Trump is defending his actions. The statement reading, ‘To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe.’ But Trump’s argument is seemingly contradicted by one of his advisors. (Clip of Rudy Giuliani saying) ‘When he first announced it, he said Muslim ban. He called me up, he said put a commission together, show me the right way to do it legally.’”
So, as you can see, Trump is lying about this not being a Muslim ban. I mean, he told Rudy Giuliani to show him the right way to do it legally, and there it was, right?
Uh…..no. Not right. Wrong.
Here is what Rudy Giuliani actually said. Not just the beginning of his comment but all of it. Again, the bold print is mine:
“When he first announced it, he said Muslim ban. He called me up, he said put a commission together, show me the right way to do it legally. I put a commission together and what we did was we focused on, instead of religion, danger. The areas of the world that create danger for us, which is a factual basis, not a religious basis. Perfectly legal, perfectly sensible, and that’s what the ban is based on. It’s not based on religion.”
So what do we have? We have NBC, again as it has so many times in the past, using selective editing to hand viewers a conclusion that is not at all true.