7 December 2019

Mass media`s huge mistake with Trump

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An independent expert leading a UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty has falsely attributed 100,000 migrant child detentions to Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policies. The story made headlines in the US, but it soon emerged that the 100,000 detentions actually were reported under Barack Obama. reports citing foreign media that several major media outlets in the US and elsewhere have been forced to publish retractions after mistakenly shaming President Donald Trump for Barack Obama’s migrant detention numbers.

On Monday, Manfred Nowak, an outside expert working with the UN Human Rights Office, told reporters that the US “still has more than 100,000 children in migration-related detention.”
Major news organizations, including AP, AFP, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NBC picked up the story and shamed Donald Trump for his harsh immigration policies.

The DNC War Room and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders tweeted it out as well.

The following day, however, Nowak admitted that the figures were from a 2015 UN report, the latest figure he could find. President Obama was still in office at the time.

2019.11.20 / 15:13
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