Trump Calls Out ‘Lamestream Media’ for Running Fake Hitler Bible Photo…That No Cable News Network Covered?

President Donald Trump holds a Bible while visiting St. John's Church across from the White House

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President Donald Trump lashed out at the “lamestream media” for allegedly covering a photoshopped image that compared his holding a Bible during a Monday evening photo op at St. John’s church with Adolf Hitler similarly holding a Bible. A quick search of television transcript database TVEyes, however, shows that no cable news outlet covered the fake image, which you can see below.

Some context: reportedly irked by press coverage of his Friday night sheltering in a bunker during protests adjacent to the White House, Trump arranged a walk to nearby St. John’s church Monday, where he posed with a Bible in a press event that has largely been derided by his critics. Particularly because of how peaceful protestors were cleared out with brute force in the moments before.

That image of Trump posing with a Bible was photoshopped next to an image of Hitler with a Bible, going viral on social media despite the fact that a Bible had been photoshopped into Hitler’s hand.

Robby Starbuck, a conservative filmmaker, claimed to have reached out to Twitter “to ask about this totally fake photoshopped photo that has gone viral where they added a bible to Hitler’s hand,” before claiming that Twitter “will be adding a manipulated media label to tweets sharing it soon.” This tweet was quote-tweeted first by reporter Henry Rodgers, then by President Trump, who said “The knew it was Fake and went with it anyway. Lamestream Media is CORRUPT! ” See tweets below:

TVEyes is a professional tool that allows users to search a database of transcripts. In a simple search of “Hitler” and “bible” reveals 62 total mentions across television and radio, though none are mentioned on cable news. The vast majority, if not all mentions, in fact, present the news as fake and a Photoshop-manipulated image.

Trump followed with a now-standard critique of the “Fake and totally Slanted News(?)”:

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