Donald Trump wrongly blames Hillary Clinton for creation of ISIS … Donald Trump and his vice presidential candidate Mike Pence gave their first joint interview to 60 Minutes and used the show to point the finger at Hillary Clinton for ISIS … The intervention in Libya, which she supported, did give ISIS an opening, but Trump is overstating her role by saying she is responsible for ISIS. This claim is inaccurate. We rate it False. -PolitiFact
Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact writes Hillary is NOT “responsible” for ISIS. (See above.)
PolitiFact may be technically accurate but in a larger sense it is inaccurate.
But PolitiFact like the rest of the mainstream media wants to impugn Trump’s credibility. Point out how Trump is wrong and maybe people will stop believing him – and in him.
But debunking Donald this way is probably not going to have the desired impact.
In fact, it is actually symptomatic of what’s wrong with the mainstream media generally. And why the mainstream is bleeding credibility.
In this Internet era, Western media is increasingly corrupt because its analysis is resolutely and narrowly based around “news” from “reliable sources.”
Of course the news is narrowly sourced and the “reliable sources” are all sharing the same resources and research.
More from PolitiFact:
“Hillary Clinton invented ISIS with her stupid policies,” Trump said in an interview that aired July 17. “She is responsible for ISIS.” Trump has made this claim repeatedly. It’s wrong, and we’ll explain why.
… The sources of ISIS are complex and interconnected, said John Pike, an expert on defense and director of GlobalSecurity.org, a website that provides information on defense.
“She may ‘share some of the blame’ but there is more than enough share to go around. She was in no sense the singular author of the thing,” Pike said.
The article goes on to explain that “long-time Sunni extremist Abu Mus‘ab al-Zarqawi established Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) which became known as ISIS.
Al Qaeda grew after Saddam Hussein was pushed from power, and thus Democrats blamed George W. Bush. On the other hand, Obama’s Iraq leave-taking post 2011 also helped create a vacuum exploited by terrorists.
True enough, but then there is CNN.
In late March, CNN reported on a “sharp criticism” HERE by Rudy Giuliani that linked Clinton to ISIS.
“She had her chance to (rally people against ISIS) [but] she helped create ISIS. Hillary Clinton could be considered a founding member of ISIS,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani is certainly not an objective observer, but his point is generally correct.
For instance Hillary could have exposed the roots of ISIS, which as we’ve shown in detail in other articles were manufactured by the CIA, Saudi Arabia, London’s City and Israel.
This is the sort of frame-of-reference the mainstream media will never provide. Trouble is, there are plenty of articles on the Internet and videos too that comprehensively explain what’s going on.
Only the mainstream media will never point them out.
Trump is wrong to say that Hillary founded ISIS, if he is speaking individually, but Giuliani’s point that she is a “founding member” is accurate in the largest sense.
PolitiFact, like many mainstream facilities, won’t provide a broad-enough viewpoint.
Trump in many ways is willing to. This is one reason why the “establishment” is having such a difficult time cooperating with him or covering his campaign.
Conclusion: Because Trump is willing to say what has not been said, mainstream political and media attacks are not working. Even when Trump doesn’t tell the truth, he “hovers” around it. And often that makes him difficult to injure or debunk.