The media has done us a real disservice and has for years given up any pretense of presenting us with the facts. Case in point is the latest reporting on Pres. Trump’s EO (see below). The media–TV (including FOX), print, and Online–is purposely misrepresenting the facts in a way that can only be considered as
counterfactual lying. Their reporting propaganda, on this issue misleads the public.
The certain members of the blog-o-sphere has been a necessary watchdog on the press. Not only are they smarter, they actually read. Legal Insurrection here, and Seth Frantzman (a decent journalist), have reported the truth of the matters in this regard.
The media should be reporting on the relevant authority of the United States to protect its borders. That would be a debate to have. But instead, they go the easy route and engage in a propaganda campaign to suit their ideology.
There are some stark policy differences about immigration and refugees over which people can disagree — those were argued at length during the election season. But the hyperbole and frenzy being exhibited in the media and by leftist pundits is hyperbole at best, fakery and lying at worst.
The frequency of the media’s
counterfactual fake representations. Seth:
The Department of Homeland Security targeted these seven countries over the last years as countries of concern. In February 2016 “The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries.” It noted “the three additional countries designated today join Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria as countries subject to restrictions for Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals.” It was the US policy under Obama to restrict and target people “who have been present in Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, at any time on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited government/military exceptions).” This was text of the US Customs and Border Protection in 2015 relating to “the Visa Waiver Program and Terrorist Travel Protection Act of 2015“. The link even includes the seven nation list in it: “Iraq, Syria, Iran, SUdan, Somalia or Yemen.” And the media knew this back in May 2016 when some civil rights groups complained about it. “These restrictions have provoked an outcry from the Iranian-American community, as well as Arab-American and civil-liberties groups, who say the restrictions on dual nationals and certain travelers are discriminatory and could be imposed against American dual nationals.”
It was signed into law on December 18, 2015, as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of FY2016.
I have noted the Omnibus act and it’s roll call here [note: Sen. Warren voted in favor of it]. One thing to note on its face, is that Muslims may still immigrate to the U.S. Another thing to note, is that the president is fulfilling a campaign promise to vette immigrants better and is instructing his executive to figure out ways to do that. Why? It states in the purpose, and is noted in the Declaration (and the oath of office) to provide for the safety of the citizens of this country.
Seth nails the motive:
Because mainstream media has been purposely lying, either due to ignorance or because of unwillingness to read the document and ask questions and because they are too ready to accept “facts” without investigating. They want to blame Trump for a “Muslim ban” because they were ready with that script since last year. And indeed Trump has enacted a harsh executive order cracking down on visitors from these countries (particularly Syrians), but his crackdown only includes those seven countries because of Obama’s policy. Trump’s decision to go beyond the policy and increase the Obama policy harms refugees, but it only increases an existing discriminatory policy, it doesn’t invent it. Reading media reports you would never know that. Most disingenuous, truly bordering on fake news, are the reports that claimed the seven countries were connected to Trump business interests, as if Obama’s DHS picked them because of Trump?
So why didn’t anyone of the thousands of reporters covering this read the same document and ask the same question and do the same investigation of where the seven “countries of concern” came from?
A good question. We know the answer.