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Debunk scoreboard: Main public Australian news channels

Trump Refuses To Condemn White Supremacy

Here’s the article that went through and thoroughly debunked this topic:

SBS: 31


Now here are the main news channels in Australia that propagated this myth:


SBS For the topic of “Trump refuses to condemn white supremacy” gets 31 debunk points.
You can find out how I arrived at that score by the information below:

If you search their site, 18 articles will come up, but some are the same article, under 2 different headings, or another reference. I will be focusing on the actual article numbers, and also the references or links to other articles within the article (but not the site)

 1  Published 30 September 2020 at 2:55pm

By Maani Truu

Let’s do a count, including the heading of the article, how many times this phrase or similar phrases appears in this article, or any time the lie is perpetuated, including if it is a question that is asked, or if they show a comment, tweet etc of someone else saying it:

1 Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacy immediately celebrated by the far-right Proud Boys

2 US President Donald Trump has come under fire for refusing to outrightly condemn white supremacists during a heated presidential debate.

3 United States President Donald Trump has refused to outrightly condemn white supremacy

4 Chris Wallace repeatedly asked Mr Trump to condemn white supremacist and militia groups and urge them to refrain from violence.

5 “I’m willing to do anything, I want to see peace,” Mr Trump said, after ignoring the question

6 “Trump basically said to go fuck them up! this makes me so happy,” writes one prominent Proud Boy.

7  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took it a step further, labelling the US president a white supremacist.

That brings us to 7 with this 1 article.

2  Published 30 September 2020 at 1:04pm (this one seemed to have vanished, but there’s this one below instead)

8“Donald Trump refuses to denounce white supremacy “

9 “Donald Trump was asked point-blank to condemn white supremacists and militia groups. He diverted the blame.”


10 “The fringe far-right group has become embroiled in US politics this week with US President Donald Trump failing to condemn them”

11 “When US President Donald Trump was asked to condemn white supremacists by the moderator, then prompted by Biden to specifically criticise the Proud Boys, he said, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by”.”

12 “Trump drew widespread criticism for not explicitly criticising the group.”



4  Published 16 October 2020 at 3:19pm

13: “Mr Trump was also pressed on his failure to condemn white supremacy during the first presidential debate, when he told the white supremacist group The Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by”.”

14 “Mr Trump was also pressed on his failure to condemn white supremacy during the first presidential debate, when he told the white supremacist group The Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by”.”

By By Rashida Yosufzai

5: Published 30 September 2020 at 4:02pm By Gavin Fernando

15 “Trump refuses to condemn white supremacy”

16 “But when pressed for a firm statement, the President would not condemn the groups for their actions.”


17: “Donald Trump’s reluctance to denounce white supremacists is ‘stunning’, Joe Biden says”

18: “Joe Biden on Friday described US President Donald Trump’s reluctance to denounce white supremacists as “stunning””

19: Joe bIDEN repeating these lines multiple times

20: “Biden calls Trump’s silence on white supremacists ‘stunning’”

21: “Mr Trump also infuriated many Americans during the first debate with Mr Biden on 29 September when he declined to denounce white supremacist groups”

Published 17 October 2020 at 10:37am

Source: AFP – SBS


 22 “Trump, who as a candidate proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the US, has been criticised as being slow to condemn white supremacy and related violence.”

23 “After a 2017 clash between white nationalists and anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one demonstrator dead, Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the confrontation.”

24 “Did not immediately reject the support of David Duke, a former KKK Grand Wizard, during his presidential campaign.”

Published 18 March 2019 at 6:24am

Source: AAP


25: Defiant Trump defends ‘both sides’ claims”

26: Donald Trump has defended his comments that “both sides” were to blame for the deadly Charlottesville violence.”

27: Donald Trump has defiantly blamed “both sides” for the weekend violence between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators in Virginia.



28: Donald Trump is drawing criticism for refusing to denounce an implicit endorsement from a white supremacist leader.

29: “We cannot be a party who refuses to condemn white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan,”

30: . How are we going to grow the party if we nominate someone who doesn’t repudiate the Ku Klux Klan?”

31 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also lashed out, tweeting: “America’s first black president cannot and will not be succeeded by a hatemonger who refuses to condemn the KKK.”


This brings the debunk tally for SBS on this one topic 31 so far.


ABC: 4



By North America correspondent Michael Vincent, staff

Posted Mon 29 Feb 2016 at 9:07amMonday 29 Feb 2016 at 9:07am, updated Mon 29 Feb 2016 at 11:42am

1: Donald Trump refuses to reject endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke

2: Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been condemned for refusing to immediately reject an endorsement from a former Ku Klux Klan leader.

3: Mr Trump failed to reject or disavow an endorsement from David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, despite being asked about it repeatedly.

4: “This is really sad Donald Trump, you’re better than this,” he said.

“We should all agree racism is wrong. The KKK is abhorrent.” (I’m including this as they are intentionally quoting someone who alludes to this biased narrative)

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