You would think major news networks would be extra careful what what they air these days with all the talk of “fake news” floating around.
It seems that MSNBC host Joy Reid didn’t leave time to fact-check, and now she’s in some seriously hot water.
It was reported this week by Newsbusters that in addition to some negative commentary, the MSNBC host ran a video clip which showed United States Border Patrol agents kicking around and emptying out full water jugs that had been purposely scattered around the desert in areas that illegal immigrants would be passing through.
Reid forgot to mention one important thing about the video clip, however. It wasn’t even recorded during Trump’s time in office. It was recorded when Obama was still in charge, more specifically during his first term as POTUS.
A chyron obscured the date on the video when it was originally played on screen… but, when the video moved to accommodate a split-screen along with Reid’s guests (Democrat Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Democratic Senator Jeff Merkely of Oregon) the date was visible for a short time, which showed that the video was recorded in 2011.
Reid never drew attention to the fact that the video was not recorded during Trump’s time in office.
Take a look:
Reid’s commentary made it seem that the video had been obtained just recently. She was clearly attempting to blame the Trump White House’s “cruel” treatment of illegal aliens.
Newsbusters reported that the MSNBC host was backing up comments made by fellow MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Friday evening when he aired the same clip during a segment of “The Last Word,” with the same implications.
Conservative Tribune reports:
On Saturday, as part of a discussion about the 7-year-old girl from Guatemala who had died in Border Patrol custody from severe dehydration mere hours after being apprehended with her father for illegally crossing the border into New Mexico — as it turned out, she hadn’t eaten any food or drank any water for several days — Reid brought up the old video that she purported to be new.
“One of the issues was dehydration. We’re going to show you some video … but there is video of Border Patrol agents dumping water on the ground — water that was meant to be left for migrants. This is from a Tucson-based aid group,” Reid stated on Saturday, while the video played, showing Border Patrol agents kicking over jugs of water, then proceeding to pour gallon jugs right onto the ground.
Reid referred to the video on Sunday saying, “We saw Border Patrol dumping water that was made for desperate migrants being dumped out on the ground. This sort of extravagant cruelty is unusual for any administration, but, for this administration, they seem to think it’s effective for their base.”
Keep in mind that the video was recorded in 2011, and Border Patrol agents had good reason to dump out the jugs of water. Conservative Tribune explains, “The supplies of water left in the desert near the border for thirsty illegal immigrants — while no doubt left with the best of intentions — actually served to place more migrants in danger by tempting them to make the dangerous illicit journey across the border through inhospitable regions.”
It was reported by Tucson News Now that the “No More Deaths” video was released in January, encouraging a media response. Border Patrol came out and stated, “All agents in the Tucson Sector have been instructed not to remove or destroy water stations, food or other resources left along trails in the desert. The Border Patrol is aware of the video from approximately six years ago depicting agents damaging water bottles.
“The Border Patrol shares a common goal with Non-Governmental Organizations to preserve human life and to prevent injury. We do not condone or encourage destruction or tampering with any water or food caches. Furthermore, anyone aware of these activities occurring is encouraged to it immediately to the Border Patrol,” the statement added, making it clear that current Border Patrol policy prohibits the sort of actions seen in the 2011 Obama-era video.”
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