For over a week now, reporters have been using an image of a crying girl to demonize the Trump administration.
It turns out it wasn’t true. The girl and her mother are together and safe. They were never separated.
The father of the little girl pictured even said, “They are safer now than when they were making that journey to the border.”
This wasn’t the only screw-up this week.
Yesterday, the Associated Press reported about years of abuse of immigrant children housed at a facility in Virginia. The original story mentioned the word “Trump,” five times, and “Obama” zero.
The problem with that? The abuse occurred under the Obama administration, a seemingly important piece of information the AP chose to omit (before later updating the story).
AP report on alleged illegal immigrant abuse at detention centers omits Obama was president at time
by Eddie Scarry
June 21, 2018
An Associated Press report on Thursday detailed a lawsuit wherein a juvenile detention center for illegal immigrants was accused of neglect and abuse of its detainees. The AP report initially neglected to note, however, that the alleged abuse began while President Barack Obama was in office.
The original story said multiple teens have accused Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton, Va., of forcing them to be "handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells."
It also said many of the accusers, including the plaintiff, identified as 17-year-old Mexican "John Doe," suffer from mental health issues, some or all of which began after they were placed in the detention center.
The complaint, filed in October 2017 by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, said that Doe was apprehended at the Southern border in August 2015 and that he was transported between multiple detention centers before ultimately being sent to Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in April 2016, where he has remained ever since.
The complaint said that, "In each of these placements, Doe failed to receive the mental health services necessary to allow him to live in a community setting ..."
It said that just six weeks after Doe arrived at the Shenaodah Valley Juvenile Center in 2016, "Doe first disclosed ... that he had engaged in self-harm" and that "prior to his arrival in the United States, Doe had not engaged in self-harm. He reports that he learned this behavior while in ... custody."
All of this would have happened under the Obama administration, but that is noted nowhere in the Associated Press report.
The report does say that the accusers "were not the children who have been separated from their families under the Trump administration’s recent policy and are now in the government’s care," but it at no point mentions Obama's name.
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