CNN: OK, we admit that Obama separated families at the border. But…

CNN: OK, we admit that Obama separated families at the border. But…
Samantha Vinograd (Image: YouTube screen grab)

With apologies to the estate of Erich Segal, whose blockbuster hit novel “Love Story” popularized the catchphrase “Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” for cable network CNN it’s hate — not love — that “means never having to say you’re sorry.”

The network is so consumed by its unbridled loathing of Donald Trump that it will go to any lengths to smear him. On Monday, as a case in point, network legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin insisted that  outgoing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen would be remembered as “the woman who put children in cages” and “broke up families across the border.”

It was an indirect way of reprising the heavily debunked myth that Donald Trump initiated the border separation policy when it fact it began under the Obama administration.

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CNN never got around to publishing a “correction” for Toobin’s distortion, much less apologizing to the president, though the following day, during a panel discussion on the same topic, the network’s National Security Analyst Samantha Vinograd did concede that Obama separated families at the border. But this being CNN, Vinograd couldn’t stop at merely setting the record straight. Instead, she had to manufacture a difference between Trump’s implementation of the policy and Obama’s. So what was that difference? That Obama did it for the children’s own good — to “protect” them — while Trump was … well, being Trump.

Vinograd didn’t stop with that fiction. She went on to suggest that Trump is behaving as if he believes that “two wrongs make a right.” That argument first misses the point that currently the number of migrants showing up at the border is infinitely greater than it was under Obama. Second, on what grounds does Vinograd justify her claim that detaining families at the border is a priori wrong? What alternative does she recommend?

Finally, if detention is perforce inhumane then why was the Left silent about it for the three years that the Obama administration carried out that program?

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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