June 24, 2018

Time magazine issued a “correction” after smearing President Trump with a PhotoShopped cover designed to make him look like a monster who wants to rip children from the arms of their parents at the border, only to discover that the child in the photo hadn’t been separated from her mother at all.  Time used the photo after it went viral, inflaming passions of the research-deficient – but it was soon revealed that the child was actually crying because her mom had set her down for a minute, it was late, and she was tired and thirsty (turns out that like liberals, two-year-olds will cry for virtually any reason). The two were never separated and are still together in a family detainee center in Texas. Here’s Time’s statement:


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“The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she taken from the scene. The girl was not carried away screaming by U.S. Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together.”


Yet in the grand liberal journalistic tradition of Dan “Fake but Accurate” Rather, Time admitted the cover was misleading and based on a totally false narrative, yet still stood by it (aka, a "Samantha Bee Apology"), while other liberal media outlets that apparently can’t afford fact-checkers either, such as CNN and the Washington Post, hailed the misleading cover as “powerful” and “resonant.”  Time’s rationale is that, well, it is true that the “The child was detained, along with her mother, after allegedly crossing the border, illegally.”


So since her crying had nothing to do with being separated from her mother, which never happened, we should all still be OUTRAGED that she and her mother were detained after being caught trying to cross the border illegally (and for the second time: she was already deported before in 2013)?  I’m having a hard time working up outrage over that news.  It’s what’s supposed to happen under federal law to everyone who’s caught trying to enter the country illegally, especially repeat offenders.


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Not that there aren’t things to get outraged about in this story.  For instance, the slander of our border guards as heartless bullies and goons.  Here’s the real story of how the mother and daughter were apprehended:


“We were patrolling the border. It was after 10 o’clock at night,” Border agent Carlos Ruiz told CBS News. “We asked her to set the kid down in front of her, not away from her, she was right in front of her… So we can properly search the mother. So the kid immediately started crying as she set her down. I personally went up to the mother and asked her ‘Are you doing OK? Is the kid OK?’ and she said, ‘Yes. She’s tired and thirsty. It’s 11 o’clock at night.”


What a monster! 


It’s also worth a bit of outrage to learn that the girl was indeed separated from a parent without permission, only it was her father, who awoke to discover that his wife had taken off with their daughter, leaving him and their other kids behind, and put the child's life in jeopardy by dragging her 1800 miles across Central America and Mexico and paying a coyote $6000 (which I assume she had because her husband actually has a good job back in Honduras) to sneak her across the border illegally. 


Finally, I think we can toss in a bit of outrage at the total disregard for journalistic standards of our media in covering this, at the threats and violence from the left in reacting to the propaganda “journalism” and by the way liberal mouthpieces such as the oxymoronically-named ThinkProgress are now accusing the White House of “exploiting” that little girl by pointing out the truth.  I guess it’s only okay to exploit children by lying about them.


If Time were sincere about “correcting” its cover to make it reflect the truth, it would run the PhotoShopped version that James Woods shared on Twitter:


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