The southern border is now being hit with a huge wave of unaccompanied children, the wholly predictable consequence of Joe Biden’s foolish open-border immigration policies. Once again, photos show “kids in cages.” But this time, the Big Media are mostly silent, or making excuses, as are the Democrats who helped create this inhumane mess.
On Monday, as the crisis worsened and criticisms grew, Biden imposed a “lid” on the White House and, by extension, media coverage of the border disaster. Not without reason. Flustered White House spokesperson Jen Psaki was unable to answer a few simple, but direct, questions from Fox News’ Peter Doocy.
Nothing to see here, media. Go home.
“Two years ago, President Biden said ‘We’re a nation that says, if you want to flee, and you’re fleeing opposition, you should come. They deserve to be heard. That’s who we are.’ Now he says, ‘I can say quite clearly, don’t come over.’ So why was his position different campaigning than it is governing?”
But Psaki offered no real answer. You can find it here, at about 15:28 into the presser, but without her verbal stumbles.
Even so, the questions Doocy posed were devastating, since they get at the very core of the problem: Biden’s reopening of the border to illegal immigrants. And the cynical media, not surprisingly, have a moral blind spot when it comes to leftist politicians and policies.
Don’t believe it?
During the Donald Trump years, “kids in cages” became a media catch-phrase to describe Trump’s “inhumane” policies. Enraged indignance was the emotion of the day.
A casual Google count of citations for “kids in cages” turns up 420 million mentions. So the far-left media, and their hyper-left allies in academia, did a great job of spreading the idea that Trump was putting kids in what both the Washington Post and Newsweek called “concentration camps.”
What about today?
First, for the record, today’s problem is far worse than under Trump. The total number of kids in border facilities peaked at 2,600 under his presidency. Under Biden, NBC.com reports, there are “more than 5,000 kids” locked up, many in the same “cages” that were built by Barack Obama — not by Donald Trump.
By overturning Trump’s tough-but-fair border rules, Biden has set off a mass exodus to the U.S., and placed thousands of children into what under Trump were considered inhumane conditions.
Indeed, leaked photos from centrist Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar to The Epoch Times shows it’s just as bad under Biden as under Trump.
And yes, the photos are disturbing.
Yet, from the very beginning, the current administration denied any culpability for the sudden border chaos that occurred after Biden signaled — wink, wink — he would be opening the border after Trump closed it.
As for “kids in cages,” the left will hear none of it. The media’s uncritical denial comes through loud and clear in this Feb. 23 headline from Reuters, after Biden announced he would put kids back in cages:
Add to that a couple of Washington Post headlines from about a week ago, also taking their cue from Psaki:
Pathetic, isn’t it? But, don’t worry, the media remain sympathetic to the Democrats’ and poor, misunderstood Joe’s plight, as these two Associated Press headlines show:
Yes. “Tough choices.” Unlike what Trump faced. Then there’s this wholly benign take on Biden’s policy from Vox, earlier this month:
So Biden’s not putting “kids in cages,” or “concentration camps.” He’s merely “reopening temporary shelters” for them. And Vox is explaining it all to you, poor benighted soul.
That’s the media spin. It’s true that hard-left progressives in the Democratic Party have criticized Biden’s policy. But that’s only because it doesn’t go far enough.
You see, they want entirely open borders. Not because they give a fig about immigrants. No, Democrats believe that every new immigrant from south of our border will equal a new Democratic voter. Loosen voting laws, mandate vote by mail and online, import lots of new voters, and disenfranchise those born here.
That’s their model for permanent rule.
Just imagine if Trump had won the election and promptly doubled the number of kids housed on the border. The cries of “Nazi,” “racist,” or whatever other hate-fantasy the left has would be heard from coast to coast.
Not now. The left-media have again disgraced themselves in not truthfully reporting on an issue vital to our nation. Sadly, these days the media print lies like the Fed prints money. It’s up to all of us to hold them accountable.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board