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The Truth About the Border Crisis

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The Truth About the Border Crisis

The Truth About the Border Crisis
June 27
16:17 2018

There is that old adage that a photograph is worth a thousand words. But, they can be lies. No, I am not talking about those photoshopped images that permeate social media. This is about the tendency to use images to advance preconceived narratives. It is a visual form of propaganda.
We have seen a disturbing amount of this in recent years as the media – with malice of forethought – uses imagery to bolster specious news stories.

Recently, we have seen scores of images of children of illegal border crossers standing around with adults. Were they parents or caretakers? We do not know. We are told by reporters, Democrats (repeating myself) and even pseudo psychologists that these are children being “ripped from the arms of their mothers” – likely to be traumatized for the rest of their lives.

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Of course, none of that interpretation is evident in the photographs. We see a bunch of well-dressed children standing around rather calmly. That is all that we can take from the image. Everything else is imposed and improper interpretation – propaganda.

In one photo, we were told that it was a sad child looking through the “cage” in which he was confined without his parents. Turned out that it was not one of the refugee children at all, but the child of a bystander peering in from outside a restricted area. Other photos were totally unrelated to the refugees — intentionally posed by activist photographers attempting to create more dramatic images.

Some media outlets showed photos of real refugee children. They implied, by lack of proper identification, that they were contemporary photos when, in fact, they were archived images from years back.

The photo that was used repeatedly to stir the emotions of the public (pictured above) was of a young child surrounded by adults. It would appear that a border officer was giving the mother a “pat down” as part of an arrest – a necessary and normal procedure for obvious reasons.

It was repeatedly claimed that this was a child traumatized by being separated from her parents. So, who were the adults? We can only presume it was the mother – although adults using children who are not their own as a ticket into the country is a major problem. Why was the little child crying? We do not know.

But what we have learned is that the child in that image was not among the children separated from their parents. The media claim was totally false – a lie. In a calculated effort to wreak political damage on President Trump, his key Cabinet members and Republicans in Congress, the press fraudulently used a photo that showed a child crying – a very common occurrence – to dishonestly stir public animosity for partisan political purposes – to help Democrats take over the Congress in November. Time Magazine even used a photoshopped version of the misrepresented image as a politicized cover (below).

The media has used images that are remarkably undramatic to go so far as to say that, in addressing the problem of Illegal border crossing, America is replicating Nazi concentration camps – or the Japanese-American internment camps of Franklin Roosevelt. This is not only wrong, it is a slander on all the hardworking border security workers who risk their lives – and occasionally lose them – trying to protect Americans from that small percentage of very bad people trying to get into America for evil purposes. Nothing in the photographic record even remotely justifies such slander.

The abuse of photographs to promote a biased viewpoint is not limited to the situation at our southern border. We have seen how the media gave its prejudicial meaning to a photograph from the G7 summit featuring German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump. So far, no one has any idea why the First Lady temporarily wore a raincoat that said “I really don’t care. Do U?,” but that has not stopped the news folks from offering up their own biased interpretations – from her contempt for the refugee kids she was about to visit to a push back against her husband – maybe even a jab at the media.

Anyone with a camera knows that snapshots often convey a very erroneous impression of what is really going on. To give them baseless interpretations for biased political purposes is just another form of media misrepresentation.

About Author

Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Kate
    Kate June 30, 14:33

    I agree.

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