There’s a reason people swear to tell “the whole truth” when they take the witness stand: Leaving important pieces out of a story may not exactly be lying, but it is a blatant form of dishonesty.
It seems much of the mainstream media still hasn’t accepted that elementary lesson.
A recent story about a man who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement quickly went viral online … but the way the story was presented demonstrates exactly why fewer people trust the news these days.
As a story by The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on Saturday, Joel Arrona Lara — an illegal immigrant — was stopped by federal officers while he was taking his pregnant wife to the hospital for a Cesarean section.
“(Lara’s wife) told CBS 2 in Spanish that Arrona Lara had never been stopped by police and didn’t have a criminal record of any kind, including traffic violations,” Western Journal reported.
What an outrage! How inhumane and unhinged do the Trump administration’s goons need to be to harass an innocent man and his expectant wife like that?
That, at least, was the general response from most of the left-leaning media. A quick glance at the tear-jerking headlines shared by outlets like The Hill, CBS News, and The Washington Post confirm that they pushed the emotional angle hard.
There’s just one pesky problem: Those outlets all neglected to include the fact that the illegal immigrant was wanted for murder at the time.
This is a great example of why the media has lost credibility. What possible justification can there be for multiple news organization omitting that the person ICE arrested was wanted for murder? pic.twitter.com/dtg2Jo2JsR
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) August 19, 2018
“This is a great example of why the media has lost credibility,” pointed out the Twitter account AG Conservative, which also provided several screenshots to back up the point.
“What possible justification can there be for multiple news organization omitting that the person ICE arrested was wanted for murder?” that user asked.
Good question. As The Los Angeles Times and other outlets finally reported, there was much more to the story than the “innocent man harassed by ICE” angle.
“Mr. Arrona-Lara was brought to ICE’s attention due to an outstanding warrant issued for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges,” ICE said in a statement obtained by The Times.
Apparently “Illegal Alien Wanted For Murder Arrested” just doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Innocent Man Pulled From Pregnant Wife’s Side.”
The fact that law enforcement officers were doing their jobs and detaining a likely violent criminal who is accused of murder — and may even have fled his country to escape the charges — seems like a pretty big part of the story. Yet headlines from the mainstream media appeared to purposely cover this up.
“(R)ead this thread and tell me there’s not a concentrated effort by the media to spread misinformation on behalf of the Leftists,” challenged Twitter user Jesse Kelly.
“Is it a massive conspiracy? Almost certainly not,” he acknowledged. “Does the 90% Democrat media who constantly lectures about public about ‘diversity’ suffer from a serious echo chamber issue? Absolutely.”
That is perhaps the most important point. There comes a time when widespread rejection of reality becomes indistinguishable from purposeful deception.
The media’s blatant biases may not be a back-room conspiracy, but the effect is the same. They are no longer telling the whole truth, but instead push everything through a skewed filter so that headlines match a one-sided world view.
No wonder so many people just don’t trust establishment news sources any more.
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