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Trump vows to protect monuments

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/23/20, 04:53 pm

WASHINGTON—Demonstrators climbed on top of the statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square across from the White House on Monday night and unsuccessfully tried to pull it off its pedestal. Police used pepper spray to disperse the protesters. Activists have criticized Jackson’s brutal tactics against Native Americans during his presidency in the early 1800s.

How did the president respond? In a Monday night tweet, President Donald Trump threatened jail time under the Veterans’ Memorial Preservation Act for the “disgraceful vandalism.” On Tuesday, Trump told reporters he plans to issue an executive order to protect monuments across the country from protesters.

Dig deeper: Read Megan Basham’s report on how “cancel culture” is invading American newsrooms.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Wed, 06/24/2020 02:26 am

    Isn't this a very one-sided description of Andrew Jackson? Is  this fair reporting? 

    Posted: Thu, 06/25/2020 11:42 pm

    World is a member of the Associated Press, which advertises: "Our global team of journalists and reporters are the first to break the world's stories. Get in-depth enterprise reporting from across the U.S. and around the world. From live video broadcasts to text reporting to photography, our journalists help get the story to your audience immediately." (my emphasis; note how many photos have an AP credit)

    The Sift states: "Here’s what we’re Sifting today" from that huge AP database of "fast" (but not necessarily "fact-checked") news. Even with a World reporter's byline, the (often limited) details of an article in The Sift are likely from someone who is not concerned with "providing clarity to the news that matters most." So, "fair reporting" may have been thrown out the window by the original writer -- however, that doesn't let World off the hook.

  • not silent
    Posted: Fri, 06/26/2020 08:24 am

    Respectfully, this is a very short article about why people want the statue removed. As such, the focus would be on that aspect of his life.  It's not intended to be a full biography.