Tragic Photo Undermines Media Credibility on ‘Manufactured Crisis’ at Border

All kinds of Democrats said it, so why not their allies in the media?

I’m speaking here of the media chorus that insisted — insisted —  that what President Trump, in an Oval Office address to the nation in January called a “humanitarian crisis” at the border — was in fact nothing more than a “manufactured crisis.”

It’s one thing for partisan Democrats to make such a preposterous charge thinking they can get away with it. They are in this case, after all, seriously Trump-hating partisans. 

But the media? Those who insist that an “Apple is not a Banana” because “Facts Come First.”

In light of the now viral photo of Salvadoran Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his two-year-old daughter Valeria face down in the water in the Rio Grande —  drowned in an attempt to enter the country illegally —  even Nancy Pelosi has been shamed enough to reverse course and get a border bill passed, albeit over the vociferous objections of the likes of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive allies.

But the focus here is on the media - and the utter resistance to acknowledging what in January was in plain sight. A stubborn refusal to acknowledge a fact that has now resulted directly in the deaths of that father and young child. So here, for the record, is a list of some of those in the media who insisted - insisted - that the “humanitarian crisis” Trump said was quite real was nothing more than a “manufactured crisis.” Or, as it were, they were telling their audience that an apple is really a banana.

Townhall put together a montage insisting not only that Trump had made up a “manufactured crisis” but outright lied that there was a crisis at the border in the first place. The clip begins with CNN’s Don Lemon asking:“This last ditch effort to persuade Americans that there is a crisis at the border - did it work?

Then the following media people appear, saying as follows:

Eddie Glaude on MSNBC: “This is a manufactured crisis. At the heart of this whole thing are a whole bunch of lies.”

MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt: “We have a president who will go on TV tonight and lie and lie and lie some more. This is a manufactured crisis.”

CNN’s Chris Cuomo: “Wouldn’t we (CNN) be there ‘cause it was a crisis , they were being overrun? (Don Lemon: “Yeah.”) There’s something manufactured about this.”

Univision’s Jorge Ramos: “There’s no crisis. It’s a manufactured crisis.”

CNN’s Symone Sanders: “This is a manufactured crisis.”

CNN’s Don Lemon: “This whole mess is manufactured. It’s a manufactured crisis. A non-crisis at the border that’s really not fooling anybody.”

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin: “This whole thing is absurd. It is a completely manufactured, you know, appeal to the ugliest sentiments. And frankly, you know, I wonder about our complicity in just talking about this.”

MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt: “It’s complete and utter nonsense trying to solve a problem that in fact doesn’t exist because there’s zero net illegal immigration coming across the southern border.”

CNN’s Don Lemon on the President: “He’s determined to convince you that there is a crisis at the border. They’re playing the public - you - for suckers.”

In April, The Media Research Center’s Bill D’Agostino put together a montage of media figures finally admitting that it was a crisis.

Over at Fox, Tucker Carlson put together his own montage of mainstream liberal media acolytes insisting as follows:

NBC’s Chuck Todd: “Folks, the President has manufactured one heck of a political crisis for himself.” 

CNN’s Amanda Carpenter: Donald Trump is manufacturing a national security crisis. 

CNN’s Jen Psaki: “You will hear them say is that this is a manufactured crisis. It’s not a national security crisis.”  

Politics Editor for The Root, Jason Johnson: “From Nancy Pelosi down to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, no one will give him a dime for this project.” To which MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace responded:  “Because it’s manufactured

Former Bill Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart on CNN: “It's a manufactured crisis for the president to get a political win.”

Doubtless there’s more of this kind of utter wrong-headed frothing denial out there in the media.

But there is one fact that is now crystal clear. 

Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his two-year-old daughter Valeria are dead precisely because there is in fact a serious, serious humanitarian crisis at the border. And for all those in the media who insisted this was a “manufactured crisis” and a “whole bunch of lies” that was “playing the public for suckers” —  they need to take another look at that tragic photo.

And the damage that photo- and their own words — have inflicted on their own credibility.

Column Immigration Eddie Glaude Symone Sanders Joe Lockhart Jeffrey Toobin Chris Cuomo Jorge Ramos Don Lemon Chuck Todd Jason Johnson Steve Schmidt Nancy Pelosi Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Jen Psaki Nicolle Wallace