The Washington Post appears to have changed its slogan from “Democracy Dies in Darkness” to “Out with the Old, in with the New.” The change is exemplified in an article published on March 25 originally titled “There’s no migrant surge at the U.S. southern border. Here’s the data.”
The article is still running, but the title has undergone a slight change, where slight is defined as “radical.”
So what explains the paper’s migration in the space of a single article from the position that there is no border surge — complete with supporting data! — to the stance that there is one and that it follows a predictable pattern?
The curiosities mount when you do a Google search for the article and discover that appears to be yet a third version of the headline.
This particular iteration seems to mirror a claim that Joe Biden made at his press conference last Thursday in response to a question intimating that his invitation to migrants south of the border to head north accounts for the surge. Said Biden:
There is a significant increase in the number of people coming to the border in the winter months of January, February, March. It happens every year. (RELATED: AP will no longer refer border surge as ‘crisis’)
But a “fact check” by the New York Times (which, despite its own occasional embarrassments, has a history of dunking on the Post when it commits one of these acts of journalistic fraud) paints a different picture. The article begins with the acknowledgment that “the number of migrants apprehended at the southwestern border [is] expected to reach a two-decade high.” The report that follows is peppered with accusations of exaggeration and out-and-out lying. A claim by White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain that “we inherited a government that had allowed the number of beds to safely and humanely house these children … to shrink to a record low number” is declared “false” by Times writers, who submit:
The Biden administration is struggling to find space for migrant children and teenagers who have recently arrived at the border, with some sleeping on gym mats with foil sheets in processing facilities.
Further belying the two contradictory administration claims that they “inherited a mess” and that the surge was predictable are interviews with English-speaking migrants at the border who insist they made the long journey north at Joe Biden’s “invitation”:
Honduran migrant: President-elect Biden is "going to help all of us." pic.twitter.com/LkrVCsXcSb
— The Hill (@thehill) January 18, 2021
Now Biden is attempting to shirk responsibility for a crisis uniquely of his making, and the elite media’s response is to alter the news to conform to his wishful thinking.