Do you know what’s even more fun than watching the Academy Awards? Watching the press awards roll in every year to see liberal journalists celebrating their achievements in activism.
As Twitchy reported, CNN won a Cronkite Award for the Parkland show trial the network threw together just a week following the mass shooting and before most of the details were in. As Dana Loesch pointed out, the whole debacle was run “like a WWE event,” with participants even given walk-on music. (The Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get It Started” blasting over the PA — a great way to set the somber tone for a serious discussion.)
And then TIME magazine awarded “Person of the Year” to a handful of journalists — real journalists who actually face persecution or even death for their reporting, not CNN journalists crying because they had to sit in the back row at a press conference.
And speaking of TIME magazine, do you remember this cover playing up the separation of migrant children from their families under the Trump administration?
— TIME (@TIME) June 21, 2018
Remember that: “A reckoning after Trump’s border separation policy.”
Well, the photo from which TIME cropped that child has won the World Press Photo of the Year award.
A photo of a 2-year-old girl crying near the US-Mexico border has won the World Press Photo of the Year award. She became an iconic face of President Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy last year. https://t.co/ihwwSFIOag pic.twitter.com/hE39xZB4yS
— CNN International (@cnni) April 13, 2019
Yes, she did become the iconic face of President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy — despite the fact that she was never actually separated from her mother, who can be seen standing directly next to her in the uncropped photo. The child was put down for two seconds so mom could be frisked by Border Patrol agents, having just crossed illegally into the country (again).
“The mother hesitated and then set down the little girl and the child immediately started crying,” said the photographer to People magazine.
The girl was separated from her family in one sense: her mother took her from her father in Honduras.
Here’s what the girl’s father told the Daily Mail: “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,'” he said, adding that they’d been detained at a family residential center in Texas.
So mom takes a two-year-old away from her father, drags her from Honduras to Texas, sets her down for two minutes and she’s caught on camera crying — and that convinced Americans that Trump was putting babies in death camps.
Reposting this photo for ANY reason is the very epitome of fake news.
— clayjohanson (@clayjohanson) April 12, 2019
— Renna (@RennaW) April 12, 2019
This iconic picture was based on a lie…….girl was never separated from mother…..
— Barb D (@goldfish1947) April 12, 2019
Funny thing is that her parents were standing right next to her they just weren’t included in the picture.
— The_Real_Bamaslamma (@TBamaslamma) April 12, 2019
But the background of the story was fake. Her mom was going for the day to find work. She was not separated from her mom.https://t.co/Tj1IUvVemD
— Ergo Liculmno (@ELiculmno) April 12, 2019
So border patrol doing their job
— sinnerxx (@SinnerXX2007) April 13, 2019
This is an iconic photo is because it shows CBP agent doing his job and most likely saving the little girl. It’s obvious the adult she was with didn’t give a damn about about her safety. Journalists have resorted to sensationalism instead of gathering all facts.
— Papa Mike (@mlawren01) April 13, 2019
I don't mean to sound cold but it's her parents who put her in that situation and no one else. This isn't some poor child who just lost her parents in an accident or a natural disaster.
— Martin Alan (@MartinAlan703) April 13, 2019
Never mind the mother who endangered her child by making that poor kid go on that trek. If an American woman did that to thier child, child services would take the child away from her.
— Mike W (@LibertyCampaign) April 13, 2019
and nobody is to blame for that child's tears except those who brought her here and placed her in that position knowingly. Stop. Just. Stop.
— The Devil You Don't (@desertkev) April 12, 2019
The parents of the little girl denied that she was abused or separated, though. So is this award called Fake News Award? Because for sure, this was used as a misleading picture all across the MSM.
— Conservative Filipino American (@conservativeFA) April 12, 2019
Anyone who has any experience with a 2 year old sees crying like that on a regular basis. I don’t see what’s so shocking about it.
— Jeannine Richardson (@COPDLiving) April 12, 2019
— Louise (@CeeRollicking) April 13, 2019
It's a mediocre-at-best photo. I mean, you can literally see the photographer's shadow.
But it's 2019, so photo quality is now measured by woke narrative metrics.
— Jon D. Conqueroo (@jon_d_conqueroo) April 12, 2019
It was, and still is a lie. #FakeNews
— Ben Strange (@BenStrange) April 13, 2019
Award-winning fake news, but fake news.
'Where's the Time Mag cover?' Michelle Malkin DARES media to highlight THIS family separation https://t.co/1Q6gVlob2R
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 22, 2018