A short while ago I posted on the Washington Post objecting to President Trump citing the number of criminal illegals apprehended at the US border with Mexico because they didn’t like the number. But there was at least on fact check that was even more hilarious.
In Trump’s speech he talks about the the dangers illegal immigrants face on their journey from their homes to the United States.
This is a humanitarian crisis. A crisis of the heart, and a crisis of the soul. Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the United States, a dramatic increase. These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs. One in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico. Women and children are the biggest victims, by far, of our broken system.
CBS was quick out of the blocks to call bullsh** on this.
I’m agnostic on the number. I would suspect CPB and Amnesty International use different methods to both define what sexual assault is and to gather the data. But regardless of which number is correct, it is large and we should be concerned that deliberately enticing people to make the journey from Central America, through Mexico, to the United States is not cost-free for those making it.
Then someone realized that they’d made the problem much larger than President Trump had stated. There was probably a heated debate about calling him a racist and misogynist for understating the problem but then cooler heads prevailed and they did the logical thing. They deleted the fact check.
'FACT: Between 60 percent and 80 percent of female migrants traveling through Mexico are raped along the way, Amnesty International estimates.'#CBS: Quick delete it! Twice as many were raped! Trump's Right! https://t.co/3lWQ1ejK9U
— Lynne Burke (@BurkeLynne) January 9, 2019
Actually, when you consider the purpose of the whole fact check exercise (imagine a Stalin era show trial with judges all hairy women and guys with pencil necks and no shoulders) was a propaganda assault on Trump and the wall proposal, this is not a huge shock. You can’t very well have them reveal that the situation portrayed by Trump might very well be an optimistic scenario.