After Publishing Lie on Cover, Time Nominates Illegals as 'Person of the Year'


As 2018 draws near a close, Time magazine has released a list of 10 nominees to be honored on an upcoming cover as Time’s “Person of the Year,” a formerly great honor from a once-widely respected media outlet.

Time‘s shortlist of nominees — the person or group of people who had the most impact, both good or bad, on news and the world for the past year — contained several recognizable individuals, a few groups of people and a handful of less well-known individuals that would certainly be a stretch to be considered “Person of the Year.”

At the top of the most recognizable people on the list stood President Donald Trump, who without question has had an incredible impact on the news and the world over the past year. Other recognizable faces included Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Russian President Vladimir Putin and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The second tier of nominated individuals for the great honor included people like the newest member of the U.K. royal family, Meghan Markle, as well as murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoogi, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford and “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler.

The groups of people nominated for Time’s honor included the left-leaning gun control advocates of the “March for our Lives” student group that rose in media prominence following the Parkland high school shooting in February, as well as the illegal immigrant families temporarily separated for processing at the border following their illicit entry into the country.

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In nominating the separated families of illegal immigrants for the honor of “Person of the Year,” Time chose to use the widely known and now-famous picture of a toddler girl from Honduras who was crying while her mother was detained and searched by U.S. Border Patrol agents … but the use of that picture in that context would seemingly constitute the worst sort of “fake news” by Time, which they had previously been called out and rightly shamed over earlier in the year, as the little girl was never actually separated from her mother.

The Daily Wire reported in June on a controversial “fake news” Time magazine cover that featured the little crying Honduran girl next to an image of President Trump staring down at her, superimposed on a glaring red background.

Has Time completely undermined their own credibility with this?

The obvious implication was that of an uncaring Trump lording over the vulnerable and lonely little girl, which by extension was meant to represent the narrative of how little Trump cared about immigrants and their children. Except, both the cover and the narrative were complete and utter B.S.

As was noted by other media outlets at that time, the little girl had never actually been separated from her mother, nor did the family separation policy originate with Trump.

The separation policy actually stemmed from a 1997 court decision known as the Flores Settlement that was bolstered and modified by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2016, prior to Trump’s election.

The little girl also wasn’t separated from her mother — who had abandoned a husband and three other children in Honduras to illegally enter the U.S., as per a Reuters report — and was crying because she was “tired and thirsty” after crossing the border illegally with her mother, according to the agents who apprehended them.

Yet, despite numerous media reports revealing the truth behind the emotion-inducing photo of the crying Honduran girl, Time and other agenda-driven media outlets continued to highlight and use the photo as an example of just how terrible and heartless Trump really was.

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Now six months later, and no doubt fully aware by now of the reality of the story behind that famed photo, Time has nevertheless continued to use it to promote the narrative that Trump is cruelly separating families.

This — and not any of Trump’s fiery tweets about the “fake news” media — are why some liberal outlets are increasingly living up to the billing of being “enemies of the people,” as the blatant partisanship and adherence to leftist narratives displayed by those outlets have exposed just how biased and partial toward Democrats they truly are.

The liberal media seemingly can’t help but shoot themselves in the foot as part of the never-ending quest to “get Trump,” and the decision by Time to not only nominate “separated families” as the potential “Person of the Year,” but to also use the debunked photo of the crying Honduran toddler to represent those separated families, has figuratively cost Time magazine a toe or two with this latest misfire.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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