It’s an everyday occurrence for NBC, Time Magazine, the Washington Post, CNN, and the rest of the mainstream media to shove fake news down our throats; it is not, however, an everyday occurrence that it blows up in their faces quite this spectacularly. So let’s enjoy this moment while it lasts.
Only a couple of days after Time introduced their new cover – a picture of an iconic crying immigrant child standing in front of a superimposed Donald Trump, with the caption “Welcome to America” – we are learning the real story behind the child in the picture. She’s been featured in every story about the EVIL of this administration for the last week, coming to symbolize the hopeless plight of families victimized by Trump’s heartless war on migrant families.
According to her father, though, the media might have chosen the wrong cover model.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Honduran immigrant Denis Javier Varela Hernandez – the father of the famous 2-year-old in the photo – said that his daughter was never taken from her family. Rather, the child’s mother abandoned her three other children, paid a smuggler to take her to the U.S., and left her family behind of her own accord.
“I didn’t support it,” Hernandez told The Mail. “I asked her, why? Why would she want to put our little girl through that? But it was her decision at the end of the day.”
As it turns out, though the infamous photo was taken after mother and child crossed the border and ran headfirst into U.S. Customs agents, the two were never separated. Thus, everything about this entire story – and the photo that symbolized it – is fake. A made-up fiction to serve Democrat interests.
What a perfect encapsulation of this entire “crisis.”
What has happened over the last two weeks is only possible because we have collectively allowed our mainstream media to get completely out of control. There are no restraints on what they will air or on what they will publish. Slander, fiction, and actual news live side by side in an incoherent collage that cannot be picked apart by your average American. Our information sources have shifted from “news with a bit of bias” to outright left-wing propaganda. And too many people are still falling for the show. Our only saving grace is that we are still a nation of people who do not – by and large – like to be told what to think.
If that calculation ever tips in the other direction, though, we’re in trouble.