President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City Tuesday morning. The president found the crowd at the international gathering particularly responsive, but not in a way he might have expected. During his speech, the audience literally laughed out loud at the president’s boastful claims.
The line that drew laughter was a claim the president has made before, usually to crowds of his loyal supporters at campaign rallies. Trump said, “My administration has accomplished more than any other administration in the history of our country. So true.” Laughter ensued and was loud enough for the president to hear. He acknowledged the response saying, “Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK.”
The president’s favorite news outlet, Fox News, was not at all bothered by the fact that the entire world literally laughed out loud at the president. Instead of allowing their viewers to see the president laughed at, they edited the laughter out of their coverage of the speech.
While the president was delivering his speech, Fox News tweeted two video clips of his remarks. The first clip stopped immediately after the president boasted about being the best ever. The second clip picked up minutes later after the laughter and the president’s awkward acknowledgment of it.
Aaron Blake tweeted the observations writing, “Fox’s Twitter account clipped what Trump said immediately before AND immediately after the laughter. The laughter appears in neither clip.”
Fox's Twitter account clipped what Trump said immediately before AND immediately after the laughter.
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) September 25, 2018
As far as Fox News’ Twitter followers were concerned, the entire United Nations laughing at Trump didn’t ever happen. Later in the day, Fox News acknowledged the laughter when Richard Fowler called the laughter “hurtful”.
@Richardafowler: ‘What was hurtful for me at least is to watch the global world, the developed world, laugh at the United States.'”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 26, 2018
Twitter was quick to respond with comments like this one from Tom Remes, “To make him look good, wouldn’t you also have to cut out Trump? Maybe key in
@CoryBooker? Or @MikeTrout? Or, as @parkermalloy suggested, #Gritty?”
— Tom Remes (@tremes15) September 25, 2018