There’s a reason there’s a massive breakdown of trust in the mainstream media, and TIME magazine has demonstrated why with gusto.
As you’ve likely seen, since the cover has been spread to the four corners of the Earth for everyone to outrage over, TIME released a photoshopped image of a crying girl from the border staring at Trump, who is looking down at her seemingly uncaring.
— TIME (@TIME) June 21, 2018
But as it turns out, TIME’s super-duper thought-provoking cover is based off a complete lie. Greg Pollowitz dissects it best in one tweet.
The @TIME cover story blowing up reinforces everything Trump has said:
*Fake News: She wasn't separated
*Not a first time crosser
*Claiming asylum when it doesn't apply
*Photos in media don't show the reality
*Put child in danger
*Treating him differently than Obama
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) June 22, 2018
That’s right. The girl in the photo was not at all separated from her mother, and never was. According to the Daily Mail, they’re still together and doing fine.
The mother, Sandra Hernandez, 31, and her two-year-old daughter, Yanela Denise, are from Honduras. According to the Daily Mail, the duo attempted to cross into America against the father’s wishes, and apparently, Sandra told few she was leaving. She left behind two other daughters, and reportedly, the family didn’t even get to say goodbye.
The way the media portrays it, Trump and the Republicans are callously separating children from their parents, and putting them in Auschwitz-like conditions. This is not true. The children who are separated are actually well taken care of and are not separated indefinitely. In fact, the conditions have improved since Obama took over, and they resembled more of a prison-like atmosphere during his time.
This is not to say that the separation of children and parents is horrible, but America’s policies were very well defined. If you go to prison, you can’t take your children with you, and that even goes for American citizens.
As National Border Patrol Council spokesman Chris Cabrera, the parents who attempt to make the illegal trek put their children in all sorts of danger. Some of the children that come to the border aren’t even accompanied by their own parents. Sometimes they’re people paid to get others across the border. Sometimes, they’re sex traffickers.
As Cabrera noted, while the detention of the children isn’t at all ideal, sometimes it’s necessary. If the press would report like it should, then America would have a much better idea of the problems we’re dealing with and act accordingly. Instead, we get things like the TIME magazine cover, which tells an incomplete story in order to generate a biased narrative.
This solves nothing, and this is why we don’t trust the press.