Now that Time Magazine has made a fake news story into an icon for “The Resistance” the media is not sure what to do.
The media hasn’t shown a united front after the Time Magazine cover story was shown to be false. In the two stories below, the reports used the typical Democrat phrase to make it about Republicans: “Republicans pounced” or, in the Reuters story, “the White House siezed on.”
But on CNN the “Republicans pounce!” strategy was not fully implemented. While some in the media want to defend Time Magazine, others attack it for besmirching all journalists with a reputation for fake news.
Reuters reports, “White House accuses Democrats and media of exploiting toddler photo.”
After weeks of criticism over the separation of immigrant families, the White House seized on a photo of a Honduran toddler seen sobbing at the U.S.-Mexican border to accuse Democrats and the media on Friday of exploiting the picture to push their agenda on immigration.
The photograph, taken by Getty Images photographer John Moore at the scene of a border detention this month, became a powerful image in the media coverage of the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexican border.
Dozens of newspapers and magazines […] published the image.
The image, widely seen as showing the girl crying over being parted from her mother, helped swell outrage at home and abroad that pushed President Donald Trump to back down on Wednesday on his administration’s policy of separating children from their families while the adults were prosecuted for illegally crossing the border.
Getty’s caption on the June 12 picture taken at the Texas border town of McAllen said the photo showed a 2-year-old Honduran asylum seeker crying as her mother was searched and detained. The caption said the detention could lead to possible separation, not that this had occurred.
Amazingly, a few panelists at CNN were angry at Time Magazine.
The Daily Caller reports, “CNN Panel Blasts TIME Over Newest Magazine Cover.”
“Not only Republicans should pounce, media should pounce, Democrats should pounce, because when you make someone the emblem of a problem in a land where people have a lot of suspicions about media coverage — and think this might be somebody messing with them or exaggerating a problem that like existed in a different capacity under Obama,” Mary Katharine Ham, a CNN contributor stated.
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