Bernie Sanders, and most other democrats, had to retract their recent statements condemning President Trump for detaining children at the border.
“Under Trump, America leads the world in locking up little kids,” the socialist from Vermont tweeted. “Including 100,000 children at the border.”
There’s just one tiny problem with Sanders’ claims- they aren’t true. In fact, those numbers reflect the amount of detained children in 2015… You know, when Barry Hussein Obama was president.
On Wednesday several news outlets were forced to retract stories lamenting the number of migrant children detained by U.S. authorities after it emerged the pieces were based on Obama-era figures.
In a Tuesday press conference ahead of the release of the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, independent expert Manfred Nowak told reporters that the United States “still [has] more than 100,000 children in migration-related detention.” Nowak also told AFP, “The total number currently detained is 103,000.”
That figure also formed the basis of articles from NPR and the wire service Reuters, whose version was then picked up by outlets such as NBC News, the New York Times, and HuffPost. Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee quickly seized upon the figures, tweeting, “These numbers are horrifying. The Trump administration’s child separation policy is cruel and shameful.”
➡️ Over “100,000 children are in migration-related detention" in the USA ➡️ Children should not grow up "in institutions where they are deprived of liberty" – Independent Expert Manfred Nowak, who led the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, to be published tomorrow pic.twitter.com/TtrfmdizvC — UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) November 18, 2019
Within hours of the story being published, people began to fact-check for themselves. Would you be surprised to know that the main stream media publishes misinformation, as long as it hurts President Trump? You shouldn’t be…
This is the same mass media that refused to air stories about Epstein because of “journalistic standards”. But if there’s a possibility that a story could hurt the president, well, standards be damned. Just print that sucker.
I'm concerned with these numbers being thrown around. The study's author said "we still have more than 100,000 children in migration-related detention in the (U.S.)." But that's not true. Currently, there are ~1,500? kids in family detention, plus ~5,000 kids in ORR shelters. https://t.co/msQSiX51g9 — Aaron Reichlin-Melnick (@ReichlinMelnick) November 18, 2019
Some outlets have since issued retractions, but have no intention of reporting the actual truth (you know, since it makes Obama look bad, and Trump look good). Reuters writes:
A Nov. 18 story headlined “U.S. has world’s highest rate of children in detention -U.N. study” is withdrawn. The United Nations issued a statement on Nov. 19 saying the number was not current but was for the year 2015. No replacement story will be issued.
Of course no replacement story will be issued, because that replacement story would read “Obama locked up WAY more kids than Trump”. They can’t have that.
It’s all a game, folks. We are just along for the fun times.