Did the White House Censor French President’s Use of “Islamic Terrorism”?

Sat, Apr 2, 2016


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According to MRCTV, the White House pulled the original, unedited version from  WhiteHouse.gov and YouTube and then reuploaded the video with the words “Islamist terrorism” silenced.

Media Research Center, a non-profit media watchdog, was the first to report the White House censorship.

While the official transcript available on the White House web page includes Hollande’s use of the phrase “Islamist terrorism,” the White House video of the remarks muted the audio during that portion of Hollande’s remarks. The audio of the French-to-English interpreter stops right before Hollande characterizes “Islamist terrorism” as the root of terrorism in Syria and Iraq.

Here’s a clip from that video from MRCTV.

The remarks not translated in the video are bolded below:

“But we’re also well aware that the roots of terrorism, Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. We therefore have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we’re doing within the framework of the coalition.

“And we note that Daesh is losing ground thanks to the strikes we’ve been able to launch with the coalition. We are continuing to support Iraq. …”

Today, however, the White House has the following description attached to the complete video on the White House YouTube Channel.

A technical issue with the audio during the recording of President Hollande’s remarks led to a brief drop in the audio recording of the English interpretation. As soon as this was brought to our attention, we posted an updated video with the complete audio here and on WhiteHouse.gov (https://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and…), which is consistent with the written transcript we released yesterday.

You make the call.

The complete video.



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