Authors of much-praised ‘Shattered’ omit key Trump quote, misleading readers

Cover 'Shattered' by Day on the Day

Cover of ‘Shattered’ by Day on the Day

Authors of the book Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign have been courted by a number of media on both right and left.

Some conservative show hosts touted the book, apparently believing it places blame for the loss on the candidate. That’s debatable.

I wonder, not for the first time, do people who interview authors actually read the books?

Early on in Shattered, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes used quotes from Trump’s speech declaring his candidacy. The prose makes it clear these authors have a negative view of Trump. What makes it even clearer, however, is the use of a Trump quote leaving off a key statement and in effect distorting what Trump said.

The truncated quote may have slipped by these two. After all, the majority of media made the same decision. Why? The majority of media favored the Democrat. It was important to cast the Republican as a racist.

Here’s how Allen and Parnes set up this passage:

“About a minute into his own speech, Trump delivered a broadside against immigrants.”

In my opinion, Trump did not do that.

Then the authors quote from his speech:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he thundered. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” [pg. 49]

The authors chose to stop the quote there.

It’s unforgivable to cut a quote short, skewing what someone said.

Here’s the passage containing the sentence those authors omitted. The source is left of center Time magazine. I underlined it:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Omitting that sentence equates to journalistic malpractice, something the vast majority of media could care less about these days.

Federal figures published by The Washington Examiner place Trump’s remarks in an even broader context:

“New Department of Justice data shows that more than 90 percent of foreign-born prisoners held in the U.S. are illegal immigrants.

The data shows that about 24 percent of the federal prison population are foreign born, 45,493. Of those, just 3,939 are U.S. citizens, and the remaining 41,554 are illegally in the United States.”

US taxpayers pay to house criminals we’ve imported.

Legal immigration has nothing to do with criminals who come here for less than honorable reasons. In an earlier article I linked to testimony given to Congress about the Obama administration:

The Administration’s policies have led to the release of 86,288 criminal aliens who committed 231,074 crimes since 2013.”

Media continue to deceive the public on this issue. Not one pundit has asked these authors why they chopped off a key quote in Trump’s statement.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 8, 2017)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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