It was days after a tweet went viral accusing Border Patrol agents on horseback carrying whips and using them on Haitian immigrants that an AP reporter decided to post her footage of the incident. It was a shame she waited because from her angle it was absolutely clear that there wasn’t a whip in sight.
That viral tweet went up on Sept. 20, and as late as Sept. 27, the Seattle Times was publishing an op-ed claiming that “images of Border Patrol agents on horseback whipping Haitian asylum seekers at the Texas-Mexico border have reminded Americans of the racist origins.” It wasn’t until a day later that the Times changed “whipping” to “corralling”:
Editor’s note: This guest column was corrected to say that federal agents were corralling immigrants at the border. Previously, the column suggested agents were whipping the immigrants.
It didn’t “suggest” anything — it came right out and said it. Fox LA’s Bill Melugin caught a screenshot of the Times’ tweet promoting the op-ed:
How does the @seattletimes allow such a blatantly dishonest Op-Ed?
The whipping false narrative has been repeatedly disproven, including by the photographer who took these images and multiple videos & angles showing nobody was whipped.
Where’s the fact check disclaimer? pic.twitter.com/IxTPJr0RFA
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 29, 2021
"You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war."
– William Randolph Hearst
— Tony Giglio (@tonygig) September 29, 2021
Because it fits their narrative and gets clicks
— azcat92 (@azcat92) September 29, 2021
Why aren’t they held accountable for perpetuating a public hoax?
— Clair Mark Cordes (@redrevolution22) September 29, 2021
I grew up in Washington, I can tell you that they went full on communist ages ago. It's sad because it's spectacularly beautiful, however I would never move back there. It's like Alice in Wonderland level crazy.
— Fakename123 (@Fakename12318) September 29, 2021
Mass media is a clown show, an ocean of lies.
— JR (@hdb9865) September 29, 2021
Even for the media whores this is embarrassing 😉
— Reminiscences of an American Capitalist (@4Awesometweet) September 29, 2021
They call it an op-Ed so they think they can say whatever the hell they want including knowingly lie to their readers. It’s so dishonest but with no checks and balances the sheep will follow.
— Craig Reed (@craigreed32) September 29, 2021
The lie is better than the truth.
— steveyuhas (@steveyuhas) September 29, 2021
They know their target audience
— Flagon of Rice (@alx730) September 29, 2021
Um it's Seattle
— WINNING WINNING WINNING (@theromanylife) September 29, 2021
Any Op-Ed authored by someone named Angelina Snodgrass Godoy should arouse immediate skepticism. Is she any relation to Semolina Pilchard??
— Ron Mann (@RonMann19) September 29, 2021
The Seattle Times that’s in a blue city in a blue county and in a blue state is never fact-checked. Hence why Seattle is getting worse year by year. They have to project this and no one calls them out. They also don’t issue corrections.
— Bryan McNally (@BryanDMcNally) September 29, 2021
To give them credit, they did, finally. It looks like they also turned off comments on the op-ed: “The Seattle Times occasionally closes comments on sensitive stories.”
Nobody seems to care about facts anymore. It’s their interpretation and how they can twist and lie to make things fit their agenda. Sad times.
— FaithFollower (@Kris0625) September 29, 2021
The fact Seattle Times printed such a libelous, unconscionable op-ed should determine the subscription numbers and if folks continue to pay them for “journalism”, then they deserve what they get; inaccurate, fake news at its best.
— Kyle Osborne (@kyleosborne80) September 29, 2021
Fact checking is only for conservatives. We have learned that the party of hypocrites can do anything they want when it fits their agenda. Liberals are clowns.
— Patrick B. O'Malley (@PBOCOP) September 29, 2021
— Buzzo (@BigBob1481) September 29, 2021
It’s Seattle need we say more?
— Tim (@Tim87410044) September 29, 2021
And of course, the op-ed author is a professor.
Jen Psaki says the White House’s reaction to those photos of Haitians not being whipped hasn’t changed https://t.co/DjHvweaiam
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 27, 2021