June 23, 2018
You know that “iconic” photo of the crying little spiclet that TIME featured on their cover condemning Trump as a bad bad bad bad evil Hitler racist monster?
Yeah, that was a hoax.
That little spiclet was never separated from her fambly.
It’s just more fake news.
A little girl shown in a viral photo crying as a U.S. Border Patrol agent detained her mother – and used by TIME magazine to symbolize the Trump administration’s family separation policy – reportedly was never separated from her mom.
“Welcome to America,” declared a somber TIME cover, which showed the picture of the Honduran child Yanela Sanchez next to a towering President Trump.
TIME, which is standing by the cover despite the new information, originally called it “an image America could not ignore” and interviewed the photographer, as did other outlets. TIME followed up with another article entirely about the cover and “the story behind” it.
— TIME (@TIME) June 21, 2018
The picture was featured in international coverage of the policy around the world. The New York Daily News also put Sanchez on the cover of its June 16 issue with the headline: “Callous. Soulless. Craven. Trump.”
Wow. What a powerful and heartbreaking front page.
'A 2-year-old Honduran girl cries as her mother is detained near the Mexican border in McAllen, Texas.' pic.twitter.com/FAjDWN0FCc
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) June 16, 2018
CNN analyst Chris Cillizza wrote an entire article on the TIME cover: “It shows the compassion gap that exists between the Trump administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ border policy and the real-life people that are affected.”
But multiple outlets interviewed the father of the girl behind the iconic image, and he said he had learned that his two-year-old daughter was detained with her mother at a facility in Texas, and the two were not separated at all. The Honduran government confirmed his version of events to Reuters.
The Washington Post reported that the mother, Sandra Sanchez, had previously been deported in 2013 to Honduras. Her husband told the Post that she left without telling him she was taking Yanela with her and couldn’t contact her. But then he saw the picture on the news.
“You can imagine how I felt when I saw that photo of my daughter. It broke my heart. It’s difficult as a father to see that, but I know now that they are not in danger. They are safer now than when they were making that journey to the border,” Denis Javier Varela Hernandez told The Daily Mail.
He also said he did not support his wife’s decision to make the perilous trek to the U.S. and that they have three other children together.
“I didn’t support it. I asked her, why? Why would she want to put our little girl through that? But it was her decision at the end of the day.”
WOW, no Mestizo Sharia in Honduras, huh?
But this is really the story of virtually all of these poor innocent brown victims, whether it is in America or Europe – they all have family members begging them not to leave, but the idea of free everything is just too big of a temptation.
But despite the dad’s explanation, TIME stood by its cover in a statement Friday.
“The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason: Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents,” TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said. “Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment.”
Literally “real in my mind.”
These people. Man. Wow.
Yet, in its story about the photo, TIME included the following correction: “The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she taken from the scene. The girl was not carried away screaming by U.S. Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together.“
A B S O L U T E L Y F A K E N E W S
They knew it was fake when they published it.
They just didn’t expect to get caught.
Because whatever – they all look alike, right?
Obviously, there are I’m sure a lot of pictures of children who did get separated from their parents – but they weren’t as evocative as the hoax one. So they went with the hoax one.
I wonder if… now I’m wondering if Beach Boy was just taking a nap on the beach, all tuckered out from his ride across the Mediterranean.
The way the Jewish media just lies in the most callous, manipulative ways imaginable really does put you in a position where it just feels ridiculous to take anything they say seriously.
But fake news or not – we’ll always have the memes.