Donald Trump says Russia isn’t to blame for MH17, despite evidence. The problem? Trump actually doesn’t say that.
Actual Conclusion: Trump says Russia Probably to blame for MH17.
Category: Contradictory Headline
What does Trump say, according to the article?
“Putin and Russia say they didn’t do it, the other side said they did, no one really knows who did it, probably Putin knows who did it. Possibly it was Russia but they are totally denying it.”
“They say it wasn’t them,” Trump said. “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.”
Trump later said the culprit was “probably” Russia and pro-Russian fighters, but he said the U.S. needs to focus on its own problems right now and not “get involved” in overseas conflicts, even one as “horrible” as this.
“I think it is horrible,” Trump said of the incident. “But they’re saying it wasn’t them. The other side says it is them. And we’re going to go through that arguing for probably for 50 years and nobody is ever going to know. Probably was Russia.”
It appears that CNN was doing their best to pin down Trump to say it definitely was or was not Russia, when it is clear that at least Trump himself does not believe he definitively knows. The headline contradicting the actual content of the article shows that this line of questioning was set up for a narrative rather than to report the news. Had the author and editor desired to report the news, the headline would’ve been accurate.
- Is the headline contradictory? YES
- Has the story been corroborated / fact checked? N/A
- Does the story make the target look bad? YES
- Is the news fake? VERY