The Charlottesville Lie

The Charlottesville Lie


Politicians lie. We all know that. That is not an indictment of all politicians—it’s
simply part of the game. It’s our job, as informed citizens, to figure
out the truth. And that’s where journalists and the media
come in. They are supposed to help us ferret out fact
from fiction. So when they get a fact wrong, that’s bad. When they get a fact wrong, know it’s wrong,
and don’t correct it, that’s worse. That’s not getting a fact wrong; that’s
a lie. And that’s journalistic malfeasance. The best (or maybe worst) example of this
followed a presidential press conference at Trump Tower on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. You remember what happened that previous weekend:
A group of white supremacists held a “white pride” rally in Charlottesville,
Virginia. The ostensible reason was to protest the removal
of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. An Antifa group showed up to counter-protest. The mayor and the police were totally unprepared
to deal with the violence that ensued. Tragically, a young woman, Heather Heyer,
was run over and killed by a neo-Nazi. The press conference itself was raucous. The media was antagonistic. The president was combative. Out of it all, one phrase eclipsed the thousands
of words exchanged: The media reported that President Trump described neo-Nazis as “very
fine people.” Only, he didn’t. In fact, he didn’t even hint at it. Just the opposite: he condemned the neo-Nazis
in no uncertain terms. So then, who were the “fine people” he
mentioned? The answer: He was referring to another group
of Charlottesville demonstrators who came out that weekend—protestors who wanted the
Robert E. Lee statue removed and protestors who wanted to keep the statue and restore
the park’s original name. This is what President Trump said about those
peaceful protestors: “You also had some very fine people on both sides. . . . You had people in that group that were
there to protest the taking down of—to them—a very, very important statue and the renaming
of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.” A few moments later, in case there would be
any misunderstanding, he makes his meaning even more explicit. “…I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis
and the white nationalists. They should be condemned totally.” Lest you have any doubts that good people
were in Charlottesville to protest the removal of the
Robert E Lee statue, the New York Times confirmed it in a story they published the next day,
August 16. “’Good people can go to Charlottesville,’
said Michelle Piercy, a night shift worker at a Wichita, Kansas retirement home, who
drove all night with a conservative group that opposed the planned removal of a statue
of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee. After listening to Mr. Trump on Tuesday, she
said it was as if he had channeled her and her friends… who had no interest in standing
with Nazis or white supremacists…” There’s another simple test that we can
employ to prove that the president was not referring to the neo-Nazis as “fine people.” It’s so obvious, it’s painful to mention:
The president’s daughter and son-in-law are Orthodox Jews. His grandchildren are Jewish. And if that is still not enough to convince
you, how about this: Does anyone believe that Donald Trump thinks there are “good” Antifa,
the leftist thugs who were counter-protesting the neo-Nazi thugs? After all, if those two groups were the only
ones involved, and there were “fine people on both sides,” that means the president
believed that there were fine Antifa people. Even MSNBC should have found that hard to
swallow. Again, the “very fine people on both sides”
President Trump described at the press conference were the people who wanted to remove the Robert
E. Lee statue and the people who wanted to keep it. Both of these groups were non-violent protesters—fine
people with very different ideological views. The scandal of Charlottesville is not what
President Trump said about neo-Nazis. It’s what the media said President Trump
said about neo-Nazis. It’s a scandal because news reporting is
supposed to be about gathering facts, not promoting an agenda. In Charlottesville, they got it exactly backwards. We have been living with the consequences
ever since. Plainly put: ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, the New York
Times, the Washington Post and the others spread a malicious lie that has poisoned our
national dialogue. They should apologize to the American people
for what they have done. Don’t hold your breath. Actually, I have a better idea. Let out a big sigh of relief. Because now you know the truth. I’m Steve Cortes, CNN political commentator
and columnist for Real Clear Politics, for Prager University.

100 Comments on "The Charlottesville Lie"


  1. Those “Neo Nazis” worked for someone. Cia, fbi or some other intelligence agency. Clear as antifa is on intelligence payroll also. They tried to start a race war and it almost worked. Look at all the attacks and shootings, beatings and robberies on trump supporters not to mention the smears of innocent men women and children. They tried it in the late 50s and throughout the 60s. We need to wake up

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  2. Has Prager U ever corrected any lie they've told? The entire rally was called by neo-Nazis. Unite The Right put together this rally, not "peaceful protestors. If ANYONE showed up they had to have known that it was organized by white supremacists and Neo-Nazis. EVERYONE has to have known these "peaceful protestors" were chanting Nazi slogans the night before in a fire-light march. Nice try, Prager, but you're a bunch of liars.

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  3. If you want to get pissed. Try googling "fox news media" "exposing media lies" "trump vs CNN" or just about anything political. The results are all weighted to CNN. I couldn't find a video I watched that showed CNN lying and what trump actually said. I was trying to show someone on the fence that the media is lying in our country.

    I couldn't find a single video that wasn't CNN talking about Trump lying. Which all of us here know are cut and paste edit jobs. YouTube and Google are evil. I am going to delete both accounts after this election, but I have to do my part until then. Mostly because lies and deception should not be the order of the day.

    This is a good video, but I think we need to have a shorter version that just has the CNN talking point and the actual Trump words. Live not in quotes. This should be done for all of the media lies and then put in a paid for TV ad. Noone is going to find this video in a web or youtube search.

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  4. If they didnt tear it down, they shouldnt because it shows our past and how we can fix the problems effectiently

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  5. Th The Charlottesville Lie which you just repeated is that the rally was a meeting of white supremacists that is a media invented lie and you're just as bad for repeating it.

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  6. In Germany we call this "Lügenpresse" ( lying media ). In Germany the people are called "Nazis" by leftwing media when they say "Lügenpresse" – wrong world. If leftwing media don't want us to call them liars the should simply stop lying.

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  7. "Journalism should be about promoting facts, not pushing an agenda." You act like this is a new thing. Have you ever read a newspaper from any point in history? As much as I dislike dishonest journalism, I'll fight to the death for their right to do what they do.

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  8. So the media was simply spreading a lie, on purpose and with the intention of smearing Trump and destroying his character. These people are EVIL and are doing the devils work. We should eliminate the devils minions!! I believe god want us to fight the devils people.

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  9. How do these journalists sleep at night knowing that they make money from spreading lies and fear to keep the masses at war with each other?

    I'd rather make an honest living than make millions off of telling lies and spreading pain and misery to others.

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  10. Screw your Confederate flag and general's. Screw you too. You are propping up big business at the cost of the middle class. You should change your name to propaganda university. And why do you call yourself a university anyways? We all know real teachers are all Democrats. Quit making yourself look stupid.

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  11. Where’s the video? I need it to prove this liberal wrong because they won’t believe it without the video. But even then, they’ll probably say it was doctored.

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  12. no way do I think lee is a good person vut I velive that even if the history is about a morally wrong man it should be preserved to keep future learners aboit the past even of its contaversial .

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  13. why is prageru using somebody from fake news Central CNN in this video? He is telling lies in this video. Not everybody that was there to protest the statue being taken down was a white supremacist. It also was not intended to be a white pride rally. While some people are probably might have fit a white nationalist description to say that they were white supremacist engaging in a white pride rally is just a lie. This guy is doing exactly what he is blaming people for doing leading up to the point where he starts to describe what happened in Charlottesville.

    The guy who ended up hitting Heather heyer with a car was not in you a Nazi. There is no evidence to prove that. So that's another lie. Everything I've read and heard tells me that he was a misguided person who got lumped in with the wrongly labeled white supremacist. I don't see any mention in this video of the antifa crowd and the violence that they clearly initiated. You know like the many photos of the black guy with the homemade flamethrower trying to kill people by fire. I don't see any mention of the guy who actually was responsible for Heather heyer's death. You know the guy who pointed a gun at the man with the the car. I don't see any mention of the people who were attacking Batman in the car by Smashing bats and clubs against the vehicle that caused him to freak out And hit the gas to get the hell out of there. But the guy who pointed the gun at the man in the car is as much to blame for that woman's death as the car that hit her. Had that guy not pointed a gun at the driver of the vehicle it's possible that Heather heyer would be alive today. Then again maybe not she was overweight she ate a lot of junk food and she smoked a lot. So is she hadn't died in 2017 Kind of likely she probably would have died in 2018. That doesn't excuse how she died but the fact is had that guy not pointed a gun at the driver of the vehicle and had those people not attacked the vehicle with bats and clubs it's quite possible to Heather heyer wouldn't have died that day. I'd be 99.9% sure that she would still have lived beyond that day. But then she died after that because of her poor choices and what she ate or what she smoked and how long beyond that date she would have lived is Up For Debate… But had it not been for the guy with the gun or the people with the bats / clubs she probably would have been in a position to get hit by that car. But I don't hear the guy talking about that.

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  14. Isn't it funny how the media never points out that the groups at Charlottesville receive funding from Bush propaganda organs like Regnery, AEI, CPAC, and National Policy Institute? Should turn that back on them by asking why THEY are defending the real fascists! (Look up Prescott Bush and Fritz Thyssen)
    Charlottesville was an explicitly Nevertrump backed operation.
    And why are they not looking into the funding of this "Spencer" guy when Mother Jones already found he's received millions in subsidies for an unproductive farm, which is quite obviously not being spent on said farm?

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  15. My people love Pancho Villa and he was no saint. Used to cut the gentials of his enemies corpses. Maybe even took it one step further.

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  16. 「すべての偏向報道を思想信条問わずに完全廃棄処分にし、国民が公式・公式準拠資料及び情報に依拠しながら構成主義的学習法で学ぶ」事が必要なのだとなぜ言わないんですか?報道・ジャーナリズムは既にビッグブラザーへの道を歩んでいるのだからここで始末し、完全破壊処分を行わないといけないのですよ。存続させてはいけないのが報道機関。こいつらの役割は終了しました。国民に害があるので消えてもらいましょう。

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  17. Prager U, you have lied to me and I'm enraged. I sincerely believed you were on to something with this video. You've lost my trust. https://youtu.be/4T45Sbkndjc

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  18. Actually, there were very fine people among the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and White Supremacists. Even with the anarchists called AntiFa. They were there to protest – which is a Constitutional allowance. As the violent antics of AntiFa were well known, even by that point in history, the Charlottesville cops should have been better prepared for the violence. Had the local cops kept the two sides separate, as they did in Seattle two days later, there would not have been the riots that resulted. [If you look at the reports from Seattle from August 13, 2017, the only violent activities came from the left (including Seattle city council members) and the AntiFa anarchists.]

    As for the other idiots, like Heather Heyer, who came out to protest the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and White Supremacists, they deserved the violence that came their way: you don't walk into an active war zone and expect not to leave it unscathed.

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  19. You don't get it. The left knows they can twist truth. Any leftist that sees this truth won't admit it anyway.

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  20. "When they get a fact wrong, know it’s wrong, and don’t correct it, that’s worse. That’s not getting a fact wrong; that’s a lie. And that’s journalistic malfeasance."
    Isn't that what you guys do most of the time though?

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  21. So the folks at prager u feel that the folks who showed up at Charlottesville to demonstrate peacefully to support remembering and honoring the folks who fought and killed to maintain slavery (the demonstrators wanting to keep the traitors statue and park name) are fine people ??? Play Dixie :(There were not very fine people on both sides, unless you feel that what the south did in their efforts to fight the possibility of losing their slaves was worthy of a statue and a park? If you do you are not a fine person or humane. All media got it all right you sad prager spin doctor 🙁

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  22. Anyone with half a brain understood what President Trump meant. It was deliberately misconstrued by CNN.

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  23. … said the man from CNN. I'm shocked, really. Does Mr. Cortes still have his job? Will have to give him more "air time" in the future.

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  24. Love how you have antifa looking somewhat correct but the KKK and Neo Nazis are portrayed as preppies with polo shirts, khakis and tiki torches, gives a GREAT 👍 perspective of where prager u is coming from. LOL 😂

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  25. Trump said that "there are very fine people on both sides." That literally means he is calling Nazis, or at least an undetermined amount of them, "very fine people."

    So yes, the media was technically correct when they said that Trump said what they said he said. He didn't condemn them at all, and he wasn't talking about those so-called "other protesters," because there were no other protesters.

    If you're going to tell a lie, make it a believable lie. Or better yet, don't lie at all, but that would be counter to PragerU's purpose, now wouldn't it?

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  26. How the media demonized Trump in this situation was the first time I felt like defending Donald Trump. It opened my eyes to how much the media is willing to distort things in order to attack him. As someone who was horrified when he was elected in 2016, I now find myself leaning towards voting for him in 2020.

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  27. trump is a criminal….this channel is propaganda…I feel so sorry for all of you…but I feel worse for our country

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  28. Every one of these news organizations published his exact words. Saying there was "blame on both sides" is completely false, and the racists who were there to protest the statue being taken down are not good people.

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  29. F U the real scandal of Charlottesville was the lie that that the government was not prepared – it was – it's was a "set up" from the start!!!
    Media lies and so do Jews!!!

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  30. My personal view based on empirical evidence that the CNN and the others arrived at the press conference with full intent to lie and or fabricate a story to embarrass Trump. This is truly evil.

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  31. I’ve been thinking that Freedom of the press should mean something different. Instead of it being “They are free to say anything they want”, it should mean “Freedom of influence from a political party.” I mean, do we really have a free press in the US?

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  32. Did CNN spread the lie too? I am not sure. He confidently says the names of the other news networks who should apologize.

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  33. The Left sees truth only where they wish to see it.
    They refuse to see what's in front of them.
    It's sickeningly obvious.

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  34. Does anybody have the links to these articles? I’m trying to prepare a presentation on the dishonest media

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  35. THIS VIDEO IS STUPID, WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE FOR ANY OF YOUR CLAIMS. FACTS AREN"T FEELINGS. YOU CAN'T JUST FEEL LIKE TRUMP DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING BAD AND THAT ALL "LEFTIST MEDIA" IS BAD. WAKE UP, THIS VIDDEO IS A LIE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T45Sbkndjc

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  36. but the nazis were on the side of the people who were protesting the taking down of a confederate statue. if you are ever on the side of nazis, youre not very fine people.

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  37. Prager University is clearly funded by the hate filled left. Screw Prager University and all of their brain washed idiots.

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  38. I believe she was run over by a guy who was trying to escape having his pelted by Antifa Thugs with rocks. So yeah most of us would have run her down. The Charlot Police basically promoted the violence by not staging the event properly. And finally the "Neo Nazis" label is also Bull Shit because it was called the "Unite the Right" not rally and actual Neo Nazis were one small part of that group.

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  39. Watching the FULL video of this actual press conference would clear this up. It’s all over YouTube, look it up if you don’t believe me. Two years later we’re still arguing about this and it’s ridiculous. Whenever it comes up, I link to the full press conference video. Whether the other person watches it or not is out of my control, but I’m not arguing about something like this. “Let your yes be yes and your no be no.” No need to explain the obvious.

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  40. of course he did you moron. you are trying to rewrite history for a man who is morally corrupt.

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  41. here is the truth – not some rightwing fantasy of history: https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2019/apr/26/context-trumps-very-fine-people-both-sides-remarks/

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  42. Prager University is not an accredited
    academic institution and does not offer certifications or diplomas.

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  43. and now for the truth….https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/04/25/meet-trump-charlottesville-truthers/

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  44. I hate Prager U. But Trump did not say that he supported NEO Nazis. I don’t really think there were any neo Nazis there. Of course they slip in the Jews because they hate Dr David Duke. America has been trained to ostracize Duke also. They do more to Duke than to Trump. Duke is anti-Israel government . Prager always converts disapproval of Israel’s Likud party with anti-semitism. Even when it’s an American Jew who has joined BDS. Join BDS and deny the media lies surrounding the Palestinians . The dude in the car was responsible

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  45. Responsible journalists check facts and compare them.  No fake news nonsense.  Wrong about Trump.  Afterwards he condemned the Neo Nazis this is what in secure male crooks do without common sense just like females with common sense security taking care of their children all children, even the worst.

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  46. Trump says the media is the enemy of the people…………..and boy, did they prove him right!!—–Greg Gutfield

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  47. Liars are name callers, Nazis, thugs, racists, deplorable, anti semitic, misogynists, bigots, on and on. It's all about name callers with no facts, no reality, intentional distortion, EXACTLY what Nazis do. I guess the left is now the Nazis with their propaganda. Go figure.

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  48. Wanna know what Trump said about Charlottesville? Here are the transcripts from the LA Times. I decided to use my brain and read it for myself. Lines up with everything Mr. Cortes says.

    https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-charlottesville-transcript-20170815-story.html

    Btw…I didn’t vote for Trump or Hillary. I voted for Jill Stein.

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  49. The irony here is that PU glosses over the obvious fact that James Fields' car was attacked before he punched the gas and ran over the antifa girl. Yes, the guy is a white supremacist. But that shouldn't justify lying about the course of events. Had antifa not attacked Fields' car and instead allowed him to drive off, no one would've died that day.

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  50. I entered "the Charlottesville lie Prager university" as a youtube search term and this video comes up WAY DOWN the list. Youtube did helpfully list first all of msnbc's Charlottesville videos including those of CNN denouncing Trump as the instigator of racial violence. Thx, youtube…now we know you're part of the lie, too

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  51. When you talk to people on the Left, you come away knowing much of what they think floats upon a sea of Spin and Subterfuge

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  52. What about Fox News? No reporting on falsified information passed by them? I would appreciate less right-wing bias, and instead the analyzing of lies passed by both the right-inclined and left-inclined media. Otherwise, you just become biased and therefore not a trustworthy source of information…

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  53. "The presidents daughter and son in law are orthodox jews".
    What does that have to do with the topic?

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  54. All u right wings are brain washed drones selling your soul to the eye of back of the dollar bill , wrapped around a flag don’t make u hero

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  55. The people saying this was debunked, that PragerU "lied", are seriously short-sighted. The left are MASTERS of implication. I heard people saying and talking about how Trump is a racist because of Charlottesville incident so many times…. Did these people make this up??? No, whether or not it was stated exactly, it was IMPLIED heavily by "reputable" news sources. For example, read almost all New York Times political headlines attacking the right, and then read their "proof" to back it up. I have not heard or read a single argument of the left that SOUNDLY persuaded me to their side. Not even close. Here I sit in the middle once again, yet I find myself having to defend the conservatives because the left has just gotten so crazy that I can't keep my mouth shut. It's fcking stressful.

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  56. The douchebags with tiki-torches are scumbags, BUT I would bet every penny in my name that if antifa didn't show up the protests would've happened with no incidents.

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  57. I'm pretty sure that if Trump said that there were good Antifa thugs, the media wouldn't be covering him. Because they support them coward thugs. Again, leftist medias are giant hypocrites.

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