We’ve previously reported on how, predictably, neither the mainstream media nor the Biden White House gives a rip about the truth on the “issue” of the border patrol agents on horseback allegedly using “whips” on Haitian migrants.
It did not take a rocket scientist to examine the photos and to Zapruder the videos in order to figure out that the narrative crafted by the Biden administration and their apologists in the mainstream media was false (obviously, it was reins seen in the photos, not whips) — especially after border patrol officials themselves weighed in and noted that not only are they are not even authorized to carry whips, but that sometimes reins are twirled to get migrants away from the horses in order to keep all involved from getting hurt.
“We do not carry whips and the only thing I see in their hands is reins.” – Border agent to me, about this tweet https://t.co/d2cZTNkIsA
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) September 20, 2021
In any event, here we are, several days later, and the photographer behind the photos is speaking out, telling the KTSM news outlet that the photos were “miscontrued,” undercutting claims from Biden, Harris, Psaki, and some MSM outlets about any “whipping” taking place:
The photographs, which were taken Sunday, appear to show agents on horses with a whip in hand. The photos caused outrage because from certain angles, it appears to show Border Patrol whipping migrants, but photographer Paul Ratje said he and his colleagues never saw agents whipping anyone.
“Some of the Haitian men started running, trying to go around the horses,” Ratje said.
“I’ve never seen them whip anyone,” Ratje said. “He was swinging it, but it can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the picture.”
NEW: The photographer who took the now infamous photos of mounted Border Patrol agents in Del Rio says he and his colleagues never saw agents whipping anyone and the photos are being misconstrued.
However, the false narrative is off and running. @FoxNews https://t.co/scwhoqOqYS
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 24, 2021
In an interview Ratje did with the Washington Post earlier this week, he described what he thought were whips, but he also said in that interview that he never saw what he thought was a whip used on anyone:
It was not clear to observers what the agents had in their hands. Ratje also described it as a whip; [WaPo reporter Nick] Miroff speculated that, given how agents are generally outfitted, it may have been a riding crop or the horse’s reins. (He added that actually using something to whip migrants to prevent entry would not be authorized.) Neither [Martha] Pskowski [El Paso Times reporter] nor Ratje describe seeing anyone struck by the objects, though Ratje said he did see a migrant almost trampled.
In light of this fresh information, think the White House will walk back what they’ve said and try to undo the damage they’ve done to the reputations of border patrol agents? Don’t count on it. As we’ve learned all too often before, false “racism” narratives are far more important than the actual facts of the matter, especially for a president and an administration beholden to wokesters to whom everything boils down to racism, sexism, etc.