Here’s a perfect example of how the media manipulates a story on social media where it’s likely readers will just scan a headline and not click on the link.
From CBS News:
Undocumented transgender woman filing domestic violence claim arrested at El Paso courthouse by ICE, official says. https://t.co/csf99yoFfB
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 16, 2017
Wow! Those evil ICE agents!
Now for the big reveal, again from CBS News. She’s a convicted criminal who was deported 7 times before:
KDBC obtained documents filed in federal court stating that Homeland Security Investigators (HIS) Border Enforcement Security Taskforce (BEST) Agents received information that an individual who had been previously deported was in the United States. The information stated that the individual was residing at the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence. IT also stated that the individual had previously been arrested for possession of stolen mail and illegal re-entry into the United States and sentenced to 12 months and a day.
It also stated HIS BEST Agents conducted surveillance at the county courthouse in attempts to see the individual.
According to the affidavit filed by federal agents, the individual has been removed from the United States six times and voluntarily returned to Mexico one other time.
In other words, the reason ICE acted the way it did was because of her past criminal history. Why is this even a story?
Other media outlets and journos were just as bad as CBS News. Keith Olbermann, for example, declared “ICE is evil”:
ICE is evil here, of course. Worse? The man who tipped them off is the domestic abuser https://t.co/6PGsCD7h7C
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 16, 2017
Emily Bazelon of the NYT said the story made her “heart hurt”:
Today's story that make my heart hurt and my head poundhttps://t.co/VJalfmvQVi
— Emily Bazelon (@emilybazelon) February 16, 2017
BuzzFeed posted a long excerpt that didn’t include the woman’s criminal history which is why ICE took the action it did in the first place:
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 16, 2017
And from Fusion:
— Fusion (@Fusion) February 16, 2017
And many, many more examples here.