According to the NY Post, a story was removed — not updated or corrected, but removed — from both Agence France-Presse, or AFP, and Reuters in 2015 because it made then-President Obama look bad.
The story revealed that the United States has “the world’s highest rate of children in detention.” This information was collected as part of a “United Nations study” on migrant children detained at the US-Mexico border.
Then the two agencies retracted the story. “Deleted, withdrew, demolished,” the NY Post reports.
However, when the same story about “child-caging” is re-analyzed in 2019 when Donald Trump is President, then suddenly news companies find the issue worth reporting. Convenient, isn’t it? Are news companies looking to push a certain narrative? Is “fakes news” a much more systematic and deeply entrenched issue with the traditional and mainstream news outlets?
We all know who the president was in 2015. It wasn’t evil, child-caging monster President Trump. It was that nice, compassionate, child-caging monster President Barack Obama.
Zap. The story made Obama look bad. Hence the story was removed. Not updated or corrected, removed.
I know it’s a heavy news environment. Who can keep up? But try to remember this one, because it’s instructive. People think news organizations flat-out fabricate stories. That isn’t often the case. Fake news is a problem that pops up here and there, but the much more systematic and deeply entrenched attack on truth is the casual, everyday bias of reporters.
AFP and Reuters deleted a story that was, in a narrow sense, true — that a UN study claimed the United States had some 100,000 children in migrant-related detention. The United Nations is horribly biased against America and the West. Still, on the level of lazy, news-release-driven journalism, the locked-up-kids story was minimally valid.
There’s one fact that news agencies cannot run from: It was Obama, rather than Trump, who locked up a lot of children.
AFP and Reuter deleted a story, but it couldn’t erase Obama’s legacy and what actually transpired.
Despite the media’s help, Obama’s approval ratings were low comparable to Trump’s approval ratings.
The problem of using, or ignoring, facts remains a problem: The media ignores gaffes and mini-scandals of Democratic 2020 candidates. For example, Pete Buttigieg promoted a list of black supporters, many of whom either were not black or did not support him. Further, crimes committed by illegal immigrants are ignored. Problems arise out of sanctuary cities and counties are ignored. CNN does not report on these issues, the NY Post reports.