“These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on teargas” Fake news headline carried by the US mainstream media (aka MSM) this last week of November 2018.
The flashing headlines says US CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) personnel were teargassing women and children at the border crossing to prevent them from seeking asylum in the US. This fake news is so egregiously biased that it deserves an in-depth break-down. The photo you see above is the same photo being used by all the major MSM media outlets and shows a Honduran girl in diapers with no shoes about 5 years old crying and in distress.
The immediate questions that comes to mind is why is a 5 year-old Honduran child in diapers (children are typically out of diapers by 1 years old in Central America due to the cost of diapers) and barefoot while the “mom” appears to be well-equipped with clothes and shoes? How did she make it hundreds of miles from Honduras barefoot? The full sized version of the picture shows the girl with her finger stuck in a ball. Why is she really crying? Lastly, why would a parent attempt to storm a heavily guarded border with children in tow especially since Mexico seems willing to give them safe refuge?
Below: The full-sized version of the headline photo.
Taking a scan of social media, more questions are also raised by bloggers and other sharp observers. This picture emerged (below) of the same “family” on the US border running from what appears to be white smoke in the background. I haven’t seen any firsthand accounts of the incident outside of the MSM but there are some questions. My firsthand knowledge from my days in the US Army is tear gas come in either a green or gray (with a prominent red stripe) canister but the particular canister shown in the picture below is a civilian market smoke grenade. Also in the picture, the tear gas is nowhere near the family and they could easily walk away from the smoke.
Picture below: Photos of the “tear gas” event.
Picture below: Maria Meza holding the same so-called “tear gas canister” as “proof”
Next, let’s zoom out on the scene around the family and you can see that there seems to be a lot of staging going on by the MSM to dramatize the incident. A heck of a lot of reporters all seem to be creating their own made-for-prime-time news scenes, more like a staged Hollywood movie production than an actual depiction of a real event.
Picture below: Look at what is going on in the background of this scene.
Picture below: Another observation.
Picture below: Take a closeup look at the kid on the extreme left of this scene being pushed towards the fence.
Photo below: Must be tough being a reporter trying to make “fake news” these days.
While the actual use of tear gas to control crowds on the border is not in question, the MSM coverage of the event is. It is also worthy to note that during the Obama administration, tear gas was also regularly used when crowds of illegals attempted to storm the border crossings. However, that fact is conveniently neglected in the backstory by the MSM. It doesn’t fit with their “Trump Bad” theme.
Picture below: CBP statistics on the use of tear gas at the border.
What is clear is that the story and the images reported by the MSM is clearly fake and staged by the media themselves for their own purposes. The purpose is to push a certain point of view and to influence the public (instead of informing) using emotional hooks to elicit reaction. Just in time for the holidays.