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Colbert Mocks Trump's Latest Absurd Charge Against the Media

“I demand that the media not release the reports they did not do on the attacks that did not occur."

Photo Credit: The Late Show/YouTube

Late Monday, President Trump slammed the "very dishonest" media for refusing to cover major terror attacks.

"Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland, as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino and all across Europe," Trump announced at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. "It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported, and in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it."

"They have their reasons," Trump added. "And you understand that."

"The president is accusing the media of refusing to cover major terror attacks,” Colbert remarked. “Why? ‘Reasons.’ It makes perfect sense. You know the old news adage, ‘If it bleeds, don’t talk about it."

"But in one case, the president is right," he joked. "In one case, there was a terror attack the press did not talk about. It's something called the 'Bowling Green massacre.'"

Admittedly, the "Late Night" host hadn't planned on discussing the false claim made last week, but Trump's remarks just before the show aired provided the perfect segue. 

The "Bowling Green massacre" "was brought to life by a White House spokeswoman and person who has not slept since the Carter administration, Kellyanne Conway," Colbert began. 

In an MSNBC interview, Conway had justified President Trump's travel ban with a made-up terror attack she dubbed the “Bowling Green massacre,” which she falsely claimed was committed by "two Iraqi refugees" during the Obama administration. 

"Most people don't know that because it didn't get covered," she added.

Colbert agreed.

"Yes! It didn't get covered on the flimsy excuse that there was no Bowling Green massacre," he retorted. “But I think we all remember where we weren’t when we didn’t hear that nothing had happened."

Afterwards, Conway lied again when she called the claim an "honest mistake," although she had made the same claim in at least two other interviews

“But who knows, it could be more media bias," Colbert scoffed. "I say they need to present both sides of the story: The things that did happen and the things that didn’t happen. Then let the victims of the Bowling Green massacre decide if they were killed."

“So far, not one of them has come forward," he pointed out. "But just because it didn’t happen doesn’t mean it wasn’t an inside job. Think about it: If America isn’t going to be attacked, who’s most likely not to do it? Us.”

That's when Stephen Colbert, now a "Bowling Green truther," came up with a tall order.

“I demand that the media not release the reports they did not do on the attacks that did not occur," he concluded. “I will not rest until they don’t.”

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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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