Skip to comments.Arizona Republic Corrects Misleading ‘Lost Kids’ Article
Posted on 05/31/2018 11:56:34 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
Arizona Republic corrected Thursday an op-ed published last week that erroneously claimed the the federal government has lost yes, lost 1,475 migrant children in its custody (emphasis added).
An earlier version of this column mischaracterized the legal status of 1,475 undocumented migrant children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents. Those children were placed in the custody of sponsors screened by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. They are no longer in federal custody, the correction reads.
The correction comes days after the New York Times, Vox, and the Washington Post published articles explaining that contrary to the claim made in the Arizona Republic op-ed, which was later reprinted in USA Today HHS did not lose children in its custody. Rather, HHS employees were unable to contact the sponsors entrusted with 1,475 migrant children stopped while trying to cross the border unaccompanied last year. That distinction was made clear in the congressional testimony of HHS official Steve Wagner, which the initial op-ed relied on and mischaracterized.
When asked earlier this week why no correction had been issued given the explicit nature of the error, USA Today referred all inquiries to the Republic, its local affiliate, where the op-ed first ran. The Republic did not respond to multiple inquiries, opting instead to respond by conceding the point in a follow-up column.
The argument goes that once the government turns the children over to others the kids are not technically in its custody. Lets concede that is technically true, the columnist writes, casting the distinction as a matter of semantics before digressing into an argument about the governments ultimate moral responsibility for children entrusted to the care of adult sponsors, who are most often relatives and who may or may not return HHS employees phone calls.
“People’s Republic” is one of the most contemptuous rags on the planet.
Mistake yeah right. Run the story let it fester and take hold then quietly retract mission accomplished
truly, is there any reason whatsoever to give the leftist fake stream media the slightest benefit of the doubt or credibility?
Rather, HHS employees were unable to contact the sponsors entrusted with 1,475 migrant children stopped while trying to cross the border unaccompanied last year. That distinction was made clear in the congressional testimony of HHS official Steve Wagner, which the initial op-ed relied on and mischaracterized.
The Arizona republic did not accidentally print a lie. They used an old trick of yellow journalism which is to print the lie, and then days later bury a tiny "correction" in the back pages. The New York Times and Washington Post are very well versed in this con game; they are experts at it and use it like clockwork against President Trump and other targets of their jihad on truth.
This slimy technique works because while a multitude see the lie and remember it, only a very few will see the retraction. Once the horse leaves the barn, it is all over.
One recent example comes to mind when the Washington Post printed that only 1000 people attended President's Nashville rally. In reality it was at least 5 times that number (a 500% error!) with the fire marshal estimating at least 5000, and Breitbart estimating 8000.
Honest mainstream journalism is dead.
AKA the Illegal Alien Republic
AKA the Illegal Alien Republic
First I’ve heard of this, while yesterday, read hundred of Facebook posts about how horrible Trump was because he “lost” immigrant children. Not to mention S. Bee attacking Ivanka. Hope she gets fired after her show loses sponsors.
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