Biased Media Reports Illegal Immigrant Arrest, Leaves Out Major Fact
On Saturday the mainstream media again embarrassed itself by getting ahead of a story before it got all of the facts.
For hours the media reported that an illegal immigrant was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as he was innocently bringing his pregnant, in labor, wife to the hospital. Sounds heartless doesn’t it?
“ICE Officers Arrest Man Who Was Driving Pregnant Wife to Hospital for C-Section,” Slate reported.
“ICE arrested a man driving his pregnant wife to give birth. She drove herself to the hospital,” The Washington Post headline blared.
“ICE arrests husband taking pregnant wife to hospital for delivery,” ABC News declared.
Newsweek took it further, linking the arrest to President Donald Trump himself. “ICE AGENTS, PART OF TRUMP CRACKDOWN, DETAIN HUSBAND DRIVING PREGNANT WIFE TO DELIVER BABY,” it wrote.
“ICE detains man driving pregnant wife to hospital to deliver baby,” CBS wrote, with photos of the distressed wife.
“ICE Agents Detained a Man Driving His Pregnant Wife to the Hospital,” Time Magazine proclaimed.
“I feel very bad right now,” the man’s wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas, told CBS Los Angeles from the hospital. “My husband needs to be here,” she said. “He had to wait for his son for so long, and someone just took him away.”
There was even a GoFund Me Page started to help the family.
But there was more, much more, to the story. By the time night came some, but not all, of those news agencies had to add a wrinkle to their story. The man who as taken into custody, Joel Arrona-Lara, 36, is wanted in Mexico for the crime of murder.
ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley said that Arrona-Lara “was brought to ICE’s attention due to an outstanding warrant issued for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges.”
“ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security. ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. However, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement,” she said.
It is part of a frightening pattern of the mainstream media not focusing on doing its job but, rather, focusing on going after its enemy, President Trump. It has been doing this by ignoring the news that damages those who stand against the president and heightening stories it believes will be detrimental.
I will be focusing on these cases in an ongoing series here on Citizen Truth called “Bias In The Media. An Expose.”
Like the story of the chicken and the egg the question is a matter of which came first. Did the media conspire against, and attack, President Trump forcing him to fire back? Or did the president’s consistent attacks on the media cause it to become what he claimed they were, a weapon against him?
The truth is in the eye of the beholder, but one thing remains. The media has an obligation to report the truth and not skew the news to fit an activist agenda. Right now, be it Fox News, OAN, Drudge or Breitbart who are firmly on the right, or the mainstream media like CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS who have entrenched themselves on the left, there appears to be no more Walter Cronkite type journalist interested in simply reporting the facts.