Photojournalist Catches the Truth Behind Trump’s TelePrompter Flub

Photojournalist Catches the Truth Behind Trump’s TelePrompter Flub

President Trump stepped up to the podium last Monday to read prepared remarks about the shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. Except that in the final blessings of the speech, he named Toledo instead of Dayton, a different city about 150 miles away.

While many in the media were quick to blame a staffer or a teleprompter error, as is often the case, it took a photojournalist to provide a definite answer. Leah Millis, a photographer for Reuters, tweeted out a photo that clearly showed the president’s teleprompter during the part of the speech in question:

In the text, the words “Texas and Ohio” are clearly visible with Toledo nowhere to be found.

The White House, in what seemed to be a moment of self-awareness, did make a note of the error, which seemed to be entirely on Trump, via a strikethrough in the official transcript that was released to the media later on Monday.

It’s unclear if that would have been the case if the Millis photo had not been widely circulated after the statement.

This isn’t the first time Trump has been held to account by eagle-eyed photographers. Washington Post photographer Jabin Botsford has previously captured Trump’s notes about Ilhan Omar and some really egregious spelling errors in remarks about democrats in the past.

It’s a bit of a sad commentary on photojournalism today when photographers have to worry equally about capturing the moment and surreptitiously capturing the president’s notes at the same time, just to make sure that they can prove their case if the president attempts to label their reportage as “fake news.”

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Arthur Morgan's picture

What does this have to do with photography?

Camden Bokehen's picture

I agree.. Contributors feel that once they have you reading their topics, they can start voicing their political, social or sexual views on those reading. Keep the topics relevant and keep your views out of these communities.

Matt Williams's picture

"Keep you views out of these communities"

Why? Because some people get upset when they are apparently forced to read an article about their dear old white supremacist?

This idea that a photography website should be devoid of politics or opinions is incredibly stupid.

What's incredibly stupid is having arguments that will NEVER change anyone's mind about, well... anything! And we already get enough of that on topics that actually relate to photography. There are plenty of websites for that sort of thing.

Jonathon Rusnak's picture

The term white supremacist sure gets tossed around willy nilly these days.

Not really. It' just more prevelant unfortunately than some people would care to believe. Also, White supremacy isn't just guys with white hoods and swastikas.

Jonathon Rusnak's picture

No shit. But if Trump is a white supremacist then my three year old daughter is the Grand Dragon.

Robert Nurse's picture

If I give gasoline and matches to known arsonists and they burn down the joint, have I set any fires?

If I put water and toothpicks (but some people call it gasoline and matches) in my yard and a known arsonist picks them up and they burn down the joint with actual gasoline and matches ...

Jonathon Rusnak's picture

Are you trying to say Trump started white supremacy in America? If so you need a history lesson. Do you know that white supremacists existed and acted out during Obama's term as president? Anyways if anyone believes that Trump or any other president has control of mentally ill people or their actions then they probably won't be swayed to believe otherwise.

Robert Nurse's picture

You didn't read that he started/originated anything in my post. What I said was he knows how to push their buttons without getting his hands dirty. Which is just as bad.

Jonathon Rusnak's picture

I'll just leave the politics at the door from now on. I'd much rather converse about photography with you.

Spy Black's picture

"If I give gasoline and matches to known arsonists and they burn down the joint, have I set any fires?"

Yes, it's called aiding and abetting.

Curious. How do YOU know if something is racist? You act like knowing something is racist is a forgone conclusion yet you act as if it's obvious that trump ISN'T racist. Is it possible that someone might have a more informed perspective on the subject than you? Just askin'.

Matt Williams's picture

People of color, maybe? People who have always been - and still are - victims of racism? They know what it looks like pretty damn well.

A vast majority of black Americans believe Trump is a racist. So that's one informed perspective.

Jonathon Rusnak's picture

I don't know why I give a shit about your country. I'm Canadian. Talk to some one that cares.

Matt Williams's picture

You asked a question. I answered.

And you SHOULD give a shit about the US, just like I give a shit about other countries. Each country isn't an isolated bubble. The U.S. affects the entire global economy, for starters.

But you do you.

Jonathon Rusnak's picture

Don't care. Once you tards tear yourselves apart in a civil war fought over bullshit ideals Canada and the rest of the world will breathe a sigh of relief.

Trump is hard at work demonizing Canadians already. I might note that the misfortune we suffer here greatly redounds to the Canadian economy.

Jonathon Rusnak's picture

I hope we crash and burn along with you.

Jonathon Rusnak's picture

Well I happen to be a self loathing white man. That's right I hate myself. I guess I'm a rascist. Now who is informed?

JetCity Ninja's picture

so does the word "duck" when there's a lot of them around.

Why do we have to listen your views?

Camden Bokehen's picture

For the record, I'm not a trump supporter, nor do I like Dems.. I'm merely here (Fstoppers) to teach and learn from others. But when articles like this interfere with my pleasure of being here & seeing your works has no bearing on what I want to know, learn and see. It makes no senses to see these types of posted on Fstoppers because the author adds his own opinion to these topics. Give me a topic I want to read & enjoy without adding your political, social or sexual views.

Robert Nurse's picture

Photographers doing something seems to be the source of this article.

Good question! Zero. Photography is not the gold standard of truth when it can be so easily manipulated anyway.

Robert Nurse's picture

Photography, audio and print can all be manipulated. Therefore, when "truth" is presented in these categories, what do we do?

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