For people who claim to be up in arms over “fake news,” the mainstream media and their shrinking liberal audience sure seem to love what can only be called “real fake news.”
We’ve all seen it, because the MSM would have little to report without it:
“Hate crimes” that turn out to be hoaxes; “scientific breakthroughs” and “studies” that “prove” nothing; moral panics about “global warming” — and perhaps the worst of all, those “human interest” sob stories that are really there to play on readers’ emotions for a political purpose.
Even the Senate Democrat Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, threw a teary fit, and President Trump called him out on it:
So of course, after President Trump’s 90-day pause in the influx of would-be immigrants and refugees from seven unstable countries, the media went digging for “victims” of this “ban,” and soon discovered what they thought was the perfect poster boy.
Joel B. Pollak at Breitbart picks up the story:
An Iraqi-American man who made headlines earlier this week by claiming that his ailing mother had died because of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration lied, according to the imam of his local mosque, Detroit’s Fox 2 reported Wednesday.
The original story was that Mike Hager, a U.S. citizen born in Iraq, was visiting relatives in Iraq but was forced to abandon his mother in that country when he tried to return home.
But the story was a lie, concocted to feed opposition against Trump’s executive order, which suspends most travel from terror-prone countries previously identified as problematic by the Obama administration.
Pollak credits a Fox News affiliate for digging into the story and uncovering the truth:
Fox 2 reporters discovered that the man’s mother “died five days earlier” — the so-called “Muslim ban” had no bearing on this tragedy.
Credit is due in part to the leader of a mosque in Dearborn, Michigan, who told Fox 2 the truth. That city is a hotbed of anti-American Islamic extremism, so this forthright, on the record statement is surprising and commendable.
However, as is usual with the mainstream media, don’t expect them to trumpet their “retraction” on the front page — presuming they even bother issuing an apology at all.