This photo was taken in 2014 of illegal alien detention under the Obama administration:
These are the same cages used at animal rescue shelters.
Liberals used the photo on social media, arguing that it was an example of Trump’s cruel policy, which is a verifiably false claim. Even the former speechwriter for Obama, Jon Favreau, tweeted a complete falsehood:
“This is happening right now, and the only debate that matters is how we force our government to get these kids back to their families as fast as humanly possible.”
He later deleted the tweet, but not before it was screen-captured.
Other liberal activists and journalists, Shaun King of Black Lives Matter, Linda Sarsour of the Women’s March, and Muslim activist Qasim Rashid also tweeted the Obama-era policy of keeping illegals in cages– purporting that it was Trump.
I saw this photo floating around and didn’t know if it was real. It is. Children of immigrants are being held in cages, like dogs, at ICE detention centers, sleeping on the floor. It’s an abomination. FULL STORY: https://t.co/V4zRJ43Lvn pic.twitter.com/tbUWSb4B05
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 27, 2018
“I saw this photo floating around and didn’t know if it was real. It is,” Mr. King wrote, then lapsing into the present tense. “Children of immigrants are being held in cages, like dogs, at ICE detention centers, sleeping on the floor. It’s an abomination.”
Rashid specifically blamed Trump:
The US Govt is holding migrant children in small cages like they are animals–just as 45 describes them. This is horrific. This is inhumane. This cannot stand. #ThisIsAmerica https://t.co/JEty91DHvq
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) May 27, 2018
“The US Govt is holding migrant children in small cages like they are animals–just as 45 describes them,” he wrote.
Twitter user Michael Pierce wrote to Mr. Rashid: “Welcome to 2014. I think I have a solid guess on how your selective outrage missed this then.”
Welcome to 2014. I think I have a solid guess on how your selective outrage missed this then.
— Michael Pierce (@MichaelMPierce) May 28, 2018
New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein and Lauren Wolfe, director of the Women’s Media Center Women Under Siege, were among the blue-checkmarked journalists who also spread the misinformation before apologizing.
“I’m honestly lost as to why the Trump troll world has woken up tonight to lambaste me for posting a story that’s a few years old, by accident, & clarifying that once I discovered it. They’re vicious. It’s incredibly demoralizing that this is our public discourse,” Ms. Wolfe lamented.
What’s incredibly demoralizing is that “journalists” would continue to not fact check and push out completely false information. This is worse than fake news. It is called slander, which is a prosecutable offense.
Apologies are not enough. Wolfe and others should be fired.