A quick look at the timing makes this blatant attempt to distract and control the news cycle and flow of information, so obvious it is like a shovel to the head.
On May 16, 2018, the WSJ reported the IG had concluded his investigation into the FBI/DOJ's handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, and that "subjects" of the report had been notified, would be able to review the report after signing a non-disclosure agreement, and had days to offer responses.
Despite having signed those agreements, leaks began and it became apparent to the liberal media that there was no way to "spin" the report in a good light, so they highlighted certain things, such as the fact that the report would cast former FBI director James Comey in a bad light, to soften the upcoming blow.
They still needed a distraction and all their attacks on President Trump weren't sticking, couldn't gain traction, so on May 27, 2018, a major "fake news" story went viral, with claims that a picture taken in 2014, of children of illegal immigrants in cages, was "happening right now."
Despite the false claim by Favreau, who just happens to be an ex Obama staffer, linking to a story from 2014, others started rapidly sharing his tweet, then after he deleted it because it was an outright lie, others started showing the image without the link and claiming President Trump was keeping illegal immigrant children in cages.
It went mega viral, some deleted their original tweets and stories, others offered corrections and others never bothered, leaving thousands if not tens of thousands thinking the images were recent.
That same week, another image, from 2016 was shared by a reporter, with claims of "prison buses for children," again, going viral.
Then on June 12, 2018, once again an image went viral on social media, with the claim "This is what happens when a government believes people are “illegal.” Kids in cages."
That tweet is still up on June 16, 2018, has been retweeted over 23,600 times, liked more than 35,000 times and the narrative is completely fake. The kid is in a cage, but his parents put him there as part of a protest. (FB link to the protest page here)
Now that the 500-page IG report has been released, we know why the media needed to build a fake news narrative.
Jump forward to today, that image they carefully tried to implant in their audiences mind of illegal immigrant children being held in cages during the Trump administration, where their deletions, retractions and apologies got far less exposure than the original content, it has gone from we're sorry for that false story, but hey, President Trump is keeping children in "concentration camps."
Laura Ingraham responds to the "concentration camp" narrative the liberal media is running with, slamming the analogy, while pointing out "We can't house kids the same way we house adult criminals, obviously, and sadly, you violate our laws, you're running afoul of the U.S. criminal system, and criminals are separated from their children all the time."
Under Obama these parents were caught and released into the U.S. rather than being arrested for their crimes and charged and prosecuted for attempting to enter the country illegally. Under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy, the laws are being enforced. Try to sneak in, get arrested. If you have children, the U.S., using taxpayers money, arranges for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the Administration for Children and Familes (ACF) to provide for the child until a sponsor, parent, or guardian can claim the child.
This is all the media wants to talk about, so ok..... let's look at the differences of how the Obama administration treated these children without the hyperbolic media screaming about concentration camps, compared to the facilities the children are now housed in.
Illegal Immigrant Children Housing Facility Under Trump, June 2018: (Video provided by HHS)
Via Breitbart regarding the facility above and others like them: "Southwest Key has operated its facilities — 27 in total, across California, Arizona, and Texas — since 1997, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Flores v. Reno that unaccompanied illegal alien minors could not be held in detention facilities. This is not a new problem, even though it took Trump to make the media realize it existed."
Now lets look how the media is describing them while getting a tour of the facility, via NBC's Gadi Schwartz. Schwartz refers to the facility as a "detention shelter," calls the bells the children ring when a sponsor or guardian comes to pick them up "haunting," and AHA found a way to get the word "caged," into his breathless tweet-storm of reporting while touring the facility.
"At this facility, there are 63 kids, all males and most from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. We saw them playing soccer in a caged field with nets. We were told the fencing was because soccer balls kept getting kicked off property," Schwartz tweeted.
MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff was able to tour a different facility earlier in the week and he described the kids as "incarcerated child migrants." He also complained they "sleep four to room. Nearly every room has 5. They’ve received a variance from the state because of overcrowding."
Here is another tweet from Soboroff: "I have been inside a federal prison and county jails. This place is called a shelter but these kids are incarcerated. No cells and no cages, and they get to go to classes about American history and watch Moana, but they’re in custody."
Does he think it would be better to put them in actual cells with their parent/guardian who have been arrested for committing a crime? Or for those that came unaccompanied, should authorities just throw them out on the street instead of providing room, food, clothing, medical care, counseling, etc.. until they can find a guardian or sponsor?
The fake news lie about the Trump administration "throwing children into cages," when every facility toured to date, under the Trump administration has had no "cages" whatsoever, is even being repeated by the White House press corps, during the WH press briefings, as shown below.
I could provide examples all day long as to the media's over-the-top desperation to distract the masses, but the examples are all so similar it is a waste of time. The fact is the Mockingbird Media spent over a year screaming Russian collusion, with CNN actually digging through trash in Russia, while interviewing Russian prostitutes, or sex coaches. Then they shoved "obstruction" down their viewers throats. Then they obsessed over porn stars and strippers.
Now they are pathetically trying to distract from the damning IG report by whining, screaming, complaining and outright lying about "throwing children in cages," when in fact that happened during Obama's term, not President Trump's, just because the U.S. government is now, finally, enforcing its immigration laws.
I seriously doubt the "babies in cages" narrative being pushed by the liberal media, just days after it was revealed the IG had concluded his investigation and was distributing the report, is a coincidence.
This was a concentrated effort where the media has "colluded," to act like 1) These facilities are new 2) Push the term concentration camp and associate it with "Nazi-like" actions; 3) Distract the masses from the IG report, and; 4) Try to find something damaging that will "stick" in the minds of their audience heading into the mid-terms.
They are desperate. They are unhinged. They are dangerous.
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