In its effort to maintain its editorial position that anything done by President Trump or the Immigration and Customization Enforcement (ICE) is evil, the NY Times published a report about the arrest of an illegal immigrant from Mexico that was both technically true and fake news at the same time.
The headline of the article published on August 19th was disturbing. It gave the reader an idea that an illegal immigrant a man rushing his wife who was in labor to the hospital was stopped and arrested by ICE. However, the headline left out some essential facts which would have told a much different story:
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After the shocking headline, the lede told a bit more of the story, filling in some of the important blanks left out of the headline. The woman wasn’t in labor, they weren’t rushing to the hospital because the wife was in labor, actually, they weren’t rushing at all. It was a scheduled “C” section.
A man was driving his pregnant wife to a scheduled cesarean section on Wednesday when immigration officials arrested him — leaving her to drive herself to a hospital and have the baby on her own, according to the woman and the family’s legal representative.
Perhaps a better headline would have been, “ICE Detained Man Who Was Driving His Pregnant Wife to Hospital For Scheduled ‘C’ Section.”
But that revised headline would still be skewed:
The couple had pulled into a gas station in San Bernardino, Calif., on their way to deliver their child. While they were there, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers came to their car window and asked for identification, said the woman, Maria del Carmen Venegas.
Her husband, Joel Arrona-Lara, 35, did not have his driver’s license with him, and officers arrested him, she said.
The arrest quickly provoked outrage and fed into a growing anger toward ICE and the Trump administration’s sweeping immigration policies, which have expanded who is considered a priority for officers to arrest. In recent months, immigrants have been arrested while delivering a pizza or watering the lawn.