Thursday, February 16, 2017
Press Hides Or Ignores Totally The Facts. This Is As Bad As Fake News
Media Say Trump's ICE Arrested Transgender Domestic Violence Victim. They Ignore One Rather Important Fact.
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Here is a headline from CBS This Morning: “Undocumented transgender
woman filing domestic violence claim arrested at El Paso courthouse by
ICE, official says.” The ultimate victim! An illegal immigrant transgender
woman abused by a domestic partner, deported for the crime of showing
up to a courthouse! Stop the presses!
Here are some other media headlines about this horrifying story: “ICE
detains domestic-violence victim in El Paso court.” Huffington Post:
“ICE Reportedly Detained A Domestic Abuse Victim Who Sought
Court Protection.” Newser: “ICE Agents Arrest Woman in Domestic
Violence Court.” New York Magazine: “ICE Arrests Domestic
Violence Victim at Texas Courthouse.” The Washington Post: “‘This
is really unprecedented’: ICE detains woman seeking domestic
abuse protection at Texas courthouse.” Even Fox News: “ICE
Agents Reported Arrest Alleged Domestic Violence Victim At
Now, here’s how the headline should have read: “ICE Agents Arrest
Repeatedly Convicted Criminal For Deportation At Courthouse.”
The transgender woman in question has been deported six times before
and “voluntarily returned to Mexico one other time.” Here’s
the rap sheet from 2013: assault, probation violation, domestic
violence, false imprisonment of a minor.
That information is buried in the second-to-last paragraph of the
19-paragraph CBS News story. The Washington Post buries that
information in paragraph 10. The Huffington Post didn’t mention that at all.
All of the stories mentioned a comment from the county prosecutor,
who said that ICE knew about the deportee’s location because of
an anonymous tip. The prosecutor suggested that the tip came
from the alleged domestic abuser – but admitted that she had no
specific information that would lead her to that conclusion. There
are provisions in US law that apparently prevent arrest of someone
for immigration status based solely on reports from a domestic abuser.
But you don’t get the whole story from the media, particularly not
from their headlines. The crusade is now on to find victims of the
supposedly Gestapo-esque Trump immigration enforcement policy.
And the media won’t let inconvenient facts like repeat criminality of
those arrested stand in the way.