We have heard repeatedly from the powers that be at the New York Times that Donald Trump’s harsh words about the paper are untrue and put journalists at danger. There is no doubt that other purveyors of “the news” would make the same claims. Yet, a simple, one-paragraph wire dispatch from Reuters tells you everything you need to know about honesty of the so-called elite media, especially as it pertains to reporting on the presidency of Donald Trump. Here is the report in its entirety:
A Nov. 18 story headlined “U.S. has world’s highest rate of children in detention -U.N. study” is withdrawn.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.
Jennifer Bendery, who writes for the HuffPost, for some reason volunteered the information that she followed Reuters’s lead and killed a tweet linking to the story.
I deleted a tweet from yesterday that linked out to a Reuters story citing a UN report saying the US has more than 100K kids in immigration-related custody.
Reuters has withdrawn that story and said those numbers were from 2015. https://t.co/W1IIYYc60u
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) November 19, 2019
Let that all sink in for a minute. It appears we are being told that a story about the U.S. child detention rates stops being a story because it does not support the Left’s running narrative about Donald Trump as evil incarnate. Even worse, in their view, it reflects badly on the legacy Barack Obama, whom the media admired as much as they hate Trump.
This example is of course nothing more than a latter-day version of “Cagegate” — the dissemination of photos of children sleeping in fenced-in enclosures that were considered damning until they turned out to have been taken in 2014 — but it speaks volumes about today’s media and their reliability.