The White House on Monday night released a list of 78 terrorist attacks in response to an assertion earlier in the day by President Donald Trump that the ‘‘very dishonest press’’ often doesn’t report on them.
“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 declared 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.”
The list, which includes domestic and overseas incidents, starts in September 2014. It includes some very heavily covered news events, including last year’s attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and the series of attacks in Paris in 2015.
Across the world, the list sparked a relatively muted response. A little of that response was positive. In Egypt, a Muslim-majority nation not included in Trump’s recent executive order travel ban, the Foreign Ministry put out what appears to be the only official reaction to the White House’s list.
A perusal of the archives revealed that NBC News covered 57 of the attacks on the list, which resulted in the deaths if 745 people — including the Paris terrorist attacks in November 2015, which killed 130 people, left more than 400 others wounded and resulted in hundreds of stories.
Another terrorist attack that got lots of coverage — the Brussels, Belgium, subway and airport bombings in March 2016, which killed 32 people and injured more than 300 others — was also on the White House list. More than 100 stories about that attack were found in NBC News’ archives.