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ABC News Perpetrates a Fraud on the Nation and the Intrepid Media Fact Check Organizations Are Totally Missing in Action

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Yesterday, ABC News combined the roles of Leni Riefenstahl and Josef Goebbels for the NeverTrump movement by releasing a video that purported to Turkish forces attacking “our allies” (thought experiment, if “out allies” are working in coordination with Russia and Iran and Assad’s Syria, what does that make us?). The purpose was clearly to stoke the hysteria over the withdrawal of a few hundred US troops from their role of trip-wire-and-speed-bump calculated to restrain the actions of the Turkish military in Syria and convert this action into an electoral issue.

The video originated from a firepower demonstration billed as “The World’s Largest Machine Gun Shoot and Military Gun Show” at the privately owned Knob Creek Gun Range near West Point, KY.

Sorry, wrong video. This is the actual clip ABC edited for broadcast.

ABC News is portraying this as some huge mistake

But I think if you been involved with imagery, either video or still, at a professional level you have a great deal of difficulty in believing this story. Every film clip or image used has to have its provenance clearly established because, in most cases, you owe someone money for using it. Even if you simply ripped off YouTube video, you need to know that in case some shyster hits you with a DCMA letter. Someone, probably a lot more than one person, at ABC knew this video was a misrepresentation and they still produced and aired the segment.

So where were our intrepid Fact Checkers here? As of this writing neither Snopes.com nor Politifact.com have addressed the issue. Why is this important? The ABC clip was widely promoted during two of the most highly watched broadcast news programs in the country. The videos were pushed out on social media and shared by (conservatively) tens of thousands of people. Leftwing blogs picked up the video and spread the story to that critical Woke Illiterate demographic upon which the Democrat party depends.

While the video was eventually pulled down, the apology will only reach a small fraction of the people who saw the original. Within two weeks, you can say with some certainty that this news clip will be resurrected and recirculated. This is the kind of thing both Snopes (which seems to have some kind of sick sexual fantasy about Babylon Bee) and Politifact should be all over. But they aren’t? And it is fair to ask why the biggest media hoax of the past two days has been totally ignored by the people who are supposed to be ensuring that we only consume the purest and most unblemished forms of information.

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Say What? Bernie Sanders Says Elizabeth Warren Is a Capitalist As a Diss

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Bernis is back.

Kinda.

He is READY TO RUMBLE.

Maybe.

Sanders in a new interview with ABC’s Jon Karl says that the big difference between him and his female counterpart who is also white, rich and boring is that she is…..GASP…A CAPITALIST.

From The Hill

In an interview airing Sunday with ABC’s Jon Karl, Sanders struck a stronger tone in distancing himself from Warren’s views on economic policy than he has in previous months, and again asserted that he was the strongest candidate to take on entrenched, powerful corporations and special interest groups in Washington.

“There are differences between Elizabeth and myself,” Sanders said, referring to Warren. “Elizabeth, I think, as you know, has said that she is a capitalist through her bones. I’m not.”

Ohhhhh can you feel the BERRRRRNNNNNNNNNNNN?

How pathetic.

In case you had forgotten Bernie while you have been taking it easy since the ticker attack, you have a net worth of around 2.5 to 3 million dollars according to Business Insider and Warren is worth around 10 million. So she is a better capitalist than you. et you still made money selling books from a company that makes big profits selling books.

Color thy hypocrisy green. As in money.

This is obviously an attempt to stem the inevitable bleed off of his support after his recent health episode. When a 78-year-old guy has any sort of heart event they shut them down for months. Running for President is not the shutdown type of activity that most doctors would recommend.

So he goes after Liz, the New York Times goes after Biden and hopefully by the time Iowa and New Hampshire come around he is strong enough to mimic Biden’s campaign schedule which is one or two appearances a week. Maybe.

This will not work and the time is ticking before he will have to drop out. I do appreciate the effort though.

One last thing.

Capitalism is the most perfect of all the imperfect systems of economics. That the democratic party has a candidate that says this as a diss and he is not roundly booed shows that the fringe left in this country is becoming more delusional by the day. I know that might infuriate at some of you while you are reading this in a Starbucks on your i phone 11 but I promise you that you will survive.

Unlike Bernie’s campaign.

Viva la CAPITALISM!!!

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Legal Team Says It Represents a Second Whistle-Blower Over Trump and Ukraine

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WASHINGTON — A lawyer for the whistle-blower whose complaint set off an impeachment inquiry of President Trump said Sunday that the same legal team was now representing a second whistle-blower, an intelligence official with firsthand knowledge of the president’s interactions with Ukraine.

The new whistle-blower “made a protected disclosure under the law and cannot be retaliated against,” Mark S. Zaid, one of the lawyers, said on Twitter.

Mr. Zaid confirmed a report by the ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos on his show, “This Week,” which said the new whistle-blower had already been interviewed by the intelligence community’s inspector general’s office, but had not yet communicated with any congressional committees.

Another member of the legal team confirmed on Twitter that the firm was now representing “multiple whistleblowers” but declined to comment further.

The New York Times reported on Friday that an intelligence official with more direct knowledge of Mr. Trump’s dealing with Ukraine than the first whistle-blower, and who had grown alarmed by the president’s behavior, was weighing whether to come forward. The second official was among those interviewed by the intelligence community inspector general to corroborate the allegations of the original whistle-blower, one of the people briefed on the matter said.

The new whistle-blower matches the description of the official that The Times reported on last week. Mr. Zaid said he did not know whether the individual was the same person.

It is also not clear if the new whistle-blower will file a formal complaint. Mr. Zaid said the second whistle-blower’s act of coming forward to the inspector general had already secured whistle-blower protections.

The first whistle-blower, a C.I.A. officer who was detailed to the National Security Council, filed a complaint in August outlining how Mr. Trump used his power to push Ukraine to investigate his domestic political rivals, setting off an impeachment inquiry. Mr. Trump has tried to undermine the credibility of the first whistle-blower, whose identity is not publicly known, by saying that the individual was trading on secondhand information.

“The first so-called second hand information ‘Whistleblower’ got my phone conversation almost completely wrong, so now word is they are going to the bench and another ‘Whistleblower’ is coming in from the Deep State, also with second hand info,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday night, referring to his now-infamous July 25 phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, in which he leaned on Mr. Zelensky to investigate Joseph R. Biden Jr., the former vice president and current presidential candidate, as well as his son Hunter Biden. “Keep them coming!”

Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, framed the news of the new whistle-blower on Sunday as a political hit on the president. “SURPRISE Democrat lawyer has other secret sources,” Mr. Giuliani wrote on Twitter. He added that the bottom line was that there was “no quid pro quo” attached to Mr. Trump’s pressure on Ukrainian officials to investigate his political rivals, and called the story an “ORCHESTRATED DEM CAMPAIGN LIKE KAVANAUGH,” referring to the sexual misconduct allegations against Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Mr. Zaid works for Compass Rose Legal Group, a law firm that specializes in representing whistle-blowers. He is part of the legal team that is now representing both individuals who have come forward. The team also includes Andrew P. Bakaj, the lead lawyer, and I. Charles McCullough III.

“I can confirm that my firm and my team represent multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General,” Mr. Bakaj said on Twitter. “No further comment at this time.”

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Second Whistle-Blower Has Been Interviewed Over Trump’s Ukraine Dealings

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WASHINGTON — The legal team for the whistle-blower alarmed by President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine is now representing a second whistle-blower, an intelligence official with firsthand knowledge of the president’s interactions, the ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos reported Sunday.

The new whistle-blower has already been interviewed by the intelligence community’s inspector general’s office, but has not yet communicated with any congressional committees, Mr. Stephanapoulos said on his show, “This Week.” The new whistle-blower has the full legal protection for those who raise alarms about wrongdoing in the executive branch, he said.

A member of the legal team confirmed on Twitter that the firm was now representing a second whistle-blower.

The New York Times reported on Friday that an intelligence official with more direct knowledge of Mr. Trump’s dealing with Ukraine than the first whistle-blower, and who had grown alarmed by the president’s behavior, was weighing whether to come forward. The second official was among those interviewed by the intelligence community inspector general to corroborate the allegations of the original whistle-blower, one of the people briefed on the matter said.

The new whistle-blower matches the description of the official that The Times reported on last week. But Mr. Stephanapoulos said that Mark Zaid, one of the lawyers representing the whistle-blower, did not know whether the individual was the same person.

The first whistle-blower, a C.I.A. officer who was detailed to the White House, filed a complaint last month outlining how Mr. Trump used his power to push Ukraine to investigate his domestic political rivals, setting off an impeachment inquiry. Mr. Trump has tried to undermine the credibility of the first whistle-blower, whose identity is not publicly known, by saying that the individual was trading on secondhand information.

“The first so-called second hand information ‘Whistleblower’ got my phone conversation almost completely wrong, so now word is they are going to the bench and another ‘Whistleblower’ is coming in from the Deep State, also with second hand info,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday night, referring to his now-infamous July 25 phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. “Keep them coming!”

Mr. Zaid works for Compass Rose Legal Group, a law firm that specializes in representing whistle-blowers. He is part of the legal team that is now representing both individuals who have come forward. The team also includes Andrew P. Bakaj, the lead lawyer, and Charles McCullough III.

“I can confirm that my firm and my team represent multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General,” Mr. Bakaj said on Twitter. “No further comment at this time.”

Mr. Zaid did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Another Supposed Bombshell On Trump-Ukraine Goes Up In Flames

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I feel like I’m writing one of these every few hours because I suppose I am. There’s been so much misinformation reported in regards to the Trump-Ukraine saga that I can hardly keep up at this point. The original reports of a quid pro quo were wrong. The reports that Trump brought up Biden eight times were wrong. Reports the Intel Chief threatened to resign were false. Claims he demanded an investigation were also false. I could keep going.

To put it lightly, the media have gotten almost every detail of this story wrong along the way. I wrote about most of the above in a story yesterday and one of the things I noted was a new claim being bandied about.

Here’s the tweet I quoted and my response.

And look, I like Guy. He works for Townhall, one of our sister sites, and also does Fox News stuff. I’m not trying to pick on him. But at what point do you just wait before running with this stuff? What part of that story is even worth considering right now given how badly these same outlets failed us just a day earlier?

Sure enough, that accusation has now fallen completely apart. It’s almost like clockwork. Maybe I should go play the loto?

But maybe they just got his identity wrong? Perhaps he still had knowledge of what he claimed?

A big nope on that score as well. He has refuted the report.

In other words, this guy was simply repeating media reports that we already know are wrong because we now have the transcript. Nothing more. He was not an advisor to Zelensky and he did not have any knowledge of any precondition being arranged. He pointedly admits that.

Axios rushed to repeat the ABC “scoop” and got caught with their pants down as well. They issued a correction that no one saw.

Ask yourself why these news outlets don’t just take down the original false tweets and stories? The answer is because this is all being done on purpose. It’s about the narrative and as long as they get the fake story to enough people, they’ve accomplished their goal. Once again, there will be no consequences and the same people who fell for this, even after days of provably false reporting, will bit the hook again. It’s a cycle that never stops.

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Cokie Roberts, Veteran Broadcast Journalist, Is Dead at 75

Cokie Roberts, the pioneering broadcast journalist known to millions for her work with ABC News and NPR, died on Tuesday in Washington. She was 75.

ABC News, in a posting on its website Tuesday morning, said the cause was breast cancer, which was first diagnosed in 2002.

Ms. Roberts started her career at CBS, then began working for NPR in 1978, covering Capitol Hill. She joined ABC in 1988. Her three decades at the network included anchoring, with Sam Donaldson, the Sunday morning news program “This Week” from 1996 to 2002.

“Cokie’s kindness, generosity, sharp intellect and thoughtful take on the big issues of the day made ABC a better place and all of us better journalists,” James Goldston, president of ABC News, said in a statement.

Ms. Roberts was both reporter and commentator during her career and was widely respected both by her fellow journalists and by those she covered. Representative Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, recalled on Twitter a 2001 talk in which she “encouraged all of us, Republicans and Democrats, to always seek consensus where we could.”

“I’ll never forget how moving she was,” he added.

Danielle Kurtzleben, an NPR reporter, praised Ms. Roberts as an example for younger generations of journalists.

“I’m proud as hell — proud as hell — to work at a news organization that has ‘Founding Mothers’ whom we all look up to,” she said on Twitter. “God bless Cokie Roberts.”

Michelle and Barack Obama, in a statement, called Ms. Roberts “a trailblazing figure; a role model to young women at a time when the profession was still dominated by men; a constant over 40 years of a shifting media landscape and changing world, informing voters about the issues of our time and mentoring young journalists every step of the way.”

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[Read about Ms. Roberts’ marriage, which lasted for more than half a century.]

If Ms. Roberts brought deep knowledge and keen insight to her work, that was in part because she was a child of politicians and first walked the halls of Congress as a girl. Her father was Hale Boggs, a longtime Democratic representative from Louisiana who in the early 1970s was House majority leader. After he died in a plane crash in 1972, his wife and Ms. Roberts’s mother, Lindy Boggs, was elected to fill his seat. She served until 1991 and later became United States ambassador to the Vatican.

Her background gave Ms. Roberts a deep respect for the institutions of government that she covered, and she didn’t hold herself or her journalism colleagues blameless for the problems of government.

“We are quick to criticize and slow to praise,” she said in a commencement address at Boston College in 1994.

“But,” she told the crowd, “it’s also your fault.” Constituents, she said, needed to allow members of Congress to make the tough votes and “let that person live to fight another day.”

In an oral history recorded for the House of Representatives in 2007 and 2008, she expanded on the impact of her childhood experiences in shaping her admiration for America’s institutions.

Ms. Roberts with the ABC News anchor Peter Jennings in 1996.CreditGetty Images

“Because I spent time in the Capitol and particularly in the House of Representatives, I became deeply committed to the American system,” she said. “And as close up and as personally as I saw it and saw all of the flaws, I understood all of the glories of it.”

“Here we are, so different from each other,” she added, “with no common history or religion or ethnicity or even language these days, and what brings us together is the Constitution and the institutions that it created. And the first among those is Congress. The very word means coming together. And the fact that messily and humorously and all of that, it happens — it doesn’t happen all the time, and it doesn’t always happen well, but it happens — is a miracle.”

Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs was born on Dec. 27, 1943, in New Orleans. She said that her brother, Tommy, invented her nickname because he couldn’t say “Corinne.”

She, her brother and her sister, Barbara, were immersed in political life, accompanying their father on campaign trips, attending ceremonial functions and witnessing the discussions when other political leaders would come to dinner.

“Our parents did not have the children go away when the grown-ups came,” Ms. Roberts said. “In retrospect, I’ve sometimes wondered, ‘What did those people think to have all these children around all the time?’ But we were around, and it was great for us.”

Although her father had considerable influence on her, so did her mother, who was active in furthering her father’s career, along with other women she came to know, like Lady Bird Johnson.

“I was very well aware of the influence of these women,” she said, adding, “I very much grew up with a sense, from them, that women could do anything, and that they could sort of do a whole lot of things at the same time.”

The author of eight books, Ms. Roberts explored in many of them the role of women in shaping the country, with titles like “We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters” (1998) and “Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation” (2008).

She attended Catholic schools in New Orleans and Bethesda, Md., and graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts in 1964 with a degree in political science. In 1966 she married Steven V. Roberts, who was a correspondent then for The New York Times. Journalism was a largely male world at the time, something driven home to her when she went job hunting.

“In 1966 I left an on-air anchor television job in Washington, D.C., to get married,” she told The Times in 1994. “My husband was at The New York Times. For eight months I job-hunted at various New York magazines and television stations, and wherever I went I was asked how many words I could type.”

She eventually became a radio correspondent for CBS before joining NPR in 1978. With fellow newswomen Nina Totenberg and Linda Wertheimer she began to change the journalistic landscape.

“As a troika they have succeeded in revolutionizing political reporting,” The Times wrote in that 1994 article. “Twenty years ago Washington journalism was pretty much a male game, like football and foreign policy. But along came demure Linda, delicately crashing onto the presidential campaign press bus; then entered bulldozer Nina, with major scoops on Douglas Ginsberg and Anita Hill; and in came tart-tongued Cokie with her savvy Congressional reporting. A new kind of female punditry was born.”

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Cokie Roberts, Journalist and Commentator, Is Dead at 75

Cokie Roberts, the longtime journalist and commentator for ABC News and NPR, died on Tuesday in Washington. She was 75.

ABC News announced her death. The cause was complications of breast cancer.

Ms. Roberts, a winner of three Emmy Awards, co-anchored ABC’s “This Week” with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002. She was also a political commentator, chief congressional analyst and a commentator for “This Week” over three decades at ABC.

Inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, she was also named one of the 50 greatest women in broadcasting history by the American Women in Radio and Television. In 2008 she was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress.

[Read about Ms. Roberts’ marriage, which lasted for more than half a century.]

Ms. Roberts came from a prominent Louisiana political family, the daughter of Hale Boggs, a former House majority leader, and Lindy Boggs, who took her husband’s place in the House after he died in a plane crash in Alaska.

A full obituary will appear soon.

Cokie and Steven Roberts: A Half-Century of Changing Together

Dec. 26, 2017

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ABC Tells Democrats to Keep Debate Clean. Looking at You, Beto.

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There was a time in American history when candidates for president did not need to be reminded to avoid using obscene and inappropriate language in front of millions of people.

That time is not now.

Faced with profligate profanities on the campaign trail — and at least one candidate who publicly threatened to work blue on its airwaves (ahem, Beto O’Rourke) — ABC News issued a warning this week to the 10 Democrats appearing on the debate stage in Houston on Thursday: Keep it clean, folks.

“We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that, as the debate will air on the ABC broadcast network, we are governed by Federal Communications Commission indecency rules,” Rick Klein, the network’s political director, wrote in a memo forwarded to campaigns by the Democratic Party.

“Candidates should therefore avoid cursing or expletives in accordance with federal law,” Mr. Klein added, presumably sighing deeply.

There will be no delay on Thursday’s broadcast, leaving ABC censors helpless to bleep any blurted profanities. And the fact that the debate will be carried on regular broadcast airwaves — rather than the more libertine environment of cable — means the network could face penalties from federal regulators if obscenities are transmitted into Americans’ living rooms.

Concerns about uncouth language may seem quaint in an era when President Trump regularly indulges in all kinds of locker-room talk, peppering his social media and rally speeches with oaths once considered unspeakable (publicly, anyway) for a commander in chief.

But Democratic candidates, several of whom have denounced Mr. Trump’s degradation of political discourse, are increasingly dipping into dirty words themselves.

Mr. O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, has dropped the F-word in numerous recent interviews while describing his anger about the spread of gun violence. A T-shirt available for sale on Mr. O’Rourke’s campaign website features the word in question spelled out six times. (In a nod to modesty, one letter is replaced by an asterisk.)

Obscenities, Mr. O’Rourke argues, are an appropriate response to the nation’s recent spate of gun massacres, including a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart in the district he represented. Asked in New Hampshire over the weekend if he planned to swear on the debate stage, the candidate replied: “Maybe.”

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has casually used an obscene word for feces on his Twitter account, and Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, has indulged in a similar obscenity in live interviews. Coarse words like “pissed” or “hell” have also shown up in candidates’ statements.

Still, the ABC memo, first reported by CNN, was widely seen as an implicit warning toward Mr. O’Rourke. (The sponsors of this year’s two previous Democratic debates, NBC News and CNN, did not feel the need to circulate a similar warning against expletives.) ABC declined to comment, and the O’Rourke campaign did not respond to questions.

For television news executives, censoring curse words is typically a no-brainer. But sometimes the swear itself is newsworthy, a predicament that cropped up last year after Mr. Trump used a vulgar term to describe African nations and Haiti during a White House meeting with lawmakers.

The word appeared on cable news chyrons and in some news outlets’ smartphone alerts. Broadcast networks, governed by stricter rules, were more circumspect: Of the major network newscasts, only Lester Holt of NBC News uttered the offending word. On “ABC World News Tonight,” the anchor David Muir, who is serving as one of Thursday’s debate moderators, said Mr. Trump used “a profanity we won’t repeat.”

Technically, the F.C.C. prohibition on “grossly offensive” language on television expires at 10 p.m., so Democrats could hold off on their curses until then. There will still be an entire hour of debating left to go.

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Rashomon: Reporters toured Clint, Texas shelter for migrant children and saw different things

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Wednesday, a group of reporters from various outlets were given a tour inside the Clint, Texas shelter which made news last week after attorneys claimed children insider were dirty and hungry and didn’t have soap or toothbrushes. The tour this week was organized by Customs and Border Protection both because reporters wanted to see inside and because CBP wanted to rebut some of the allegations made about the site. Last week there were over 300 kids in this shelter. After the negative press, all but about 30 were moved out but then nearly 100 were moved back in. At the time of the tour Wednesday, there were just over 100 kids inside.

As you might imagine, the tone of the stories covering the tour ranges quite a bit. In fact, that’s really the point I wanted to make. Depending on whose story you read, you get a slightly different take on what is happening.

NBC News’ story is headlined “Tour of Texas migrant shelter for children shows a system overwhelmed.” That’s really the angle the story takes:

It was only meant to hold 106 migrants.

At one point, it held almost 700 children…

Last week, lawyers who visited the station to ensure compliance with federal laws interviewed children and later spoke to the media about what they heard and witnessed. They told chilling stories of children who went without adequate food, showers or toothbrushes.

Border Patrol agents tell us those attorneys didn’t see the parts of the facility that we were shown. They only spoke with children in conference rooms. Before the start of the tour, one agent said, “We have to defend ourselves.”

At the very end of the story, NBC mentions the facility did have toothbrushes:

There is a two-stall portable shower facility. We’re told the children are usually allowed to shower every two days, depending on capacity. When there are less kids, they’re able to shower every day.

Finally, we’re shown a supply closet holding items such as paper towels and gauze pads.

One agent makes sure we notice the toothbrushes.

The El Paso Border Patrol Sector Chief, Aaron Hull, said the recent headlines accusing guards at the facility of being callous were upsetting because of the agents are risking their lives to enforce the law in a way that’s humane.

“It’s hurtful,” Hull told the group of reporters about the recent headlines. “Most of us are parents ourselves and we genuinely care about the welfare of these kids.”

He said agents are trying to do with right thing with “what we’ve got.” But he admits limited resources is making it difficult for them to do their job – so he’s imploring lawmakers to come up with a solution.

But Fox News’s story wasn’t a whitewash. In fact, it did not paint the facility in a particularly flattering light:

When Fox News toured the facility Wednesday night, there children sitting on cots and bunk beds. There were lots of flies buzzing around since the doors were constantly being swung open. There were seven port-potties outside and military-style showers.

There were pallets of food. Each day, the children eat Oatmeal for breakfast and ramen noodles for lunch. For dinner, they have a burrito.

ABC News’ version of the story is headlined, “Inside the Clint, Texas border facility that’s been accused of child neglect and ‘public health emergency.’” That’s pretty non-committal but the lede definitely went for the heartstrings:

The little face pressed against the glass window of the concrete cell belonged a toddler peering out at a group of journalists allowed access into a remote compound outside El Paso, Texas.

ABC’s actual description of the facility did provide a pretty good sense of what was going on inside. Here’s a sample:

During the tour, ABC News saw children who appeared to be toddlers, mingling with older female children in a crowded cell. The children appeared to be issued a thin foam mattress and thin cotton blanket…

For the girl inmates, those cramped cells are where they take their meals, sleep and use the bathroom. Televisions outside the cells play movies during the day. Some of the children seen by ABC News sat on cots, staring at the walls. One girl left a bank of phones sobbing, for reasons that were not clear.

Further on the ABC story also gave some space to the situation the CBP agents are facing:

Agents, many of them mothers and fathers, draw on experiences with their own families, he said. He claimed some agents have developed close relationships with the kids under their care, doing what they can to make them feel safe in a foreign place.

“We have to be constantly providing things that we typically wouldn’t for a normal adult in our custody,” he said.

Using resources normally spent on guarding the nation’s borders, he said officers have been tasked with changing diapers, helping the little ones brush their teeth and rounding up the kids for a regimented schedule of meals.

Finally, NPR did a brief story on the tour for All Things Considered with the headline “Border Patrol Officials Allow Reporters To See Inside Clint, Texas, Facility.” This actually had one of the most positive descriptions of the facility itself:

We were not able to speak to the kids that we saw, but we did see that they were being monitored by Border Patrol agents and that they appeared clean. A group of girls in one of the cells even laughed when a group of reporters walked by. It was not the scene of despair that you might have expected. The lawyers who were here last week interviewing kids who were held here said that they noted there was little adult supervision, that they found older kids caring for babies. They said the children complained about not having enough to eat, never showering, never washing their clothes. And some were quarantined with the flu. Today, it was really not at all like what those lawyers who visited the place quite recently described…

[Border Patrol] said that the lawyers who were here did not see what they showed us, the reporters, on a tour today. The lawyers were only able to interview kids in a room, not inside the holding facilities themselves. The Border Patrol said that the lawyers did not get to see what they showed us – the supply closet with toothbrushes and soap. And the lawyers didn’t get to see the pantry where the Border Patrol keeps the burritos and the instant cup of soup and the snacks for the kids. And the Border Patrol chief in the sector said he was hurt by the allegations, and he says that the agents do the best with the resources they have. They try to take good care of the kids and give the kids snacks whenever they ask.

I think Media Matters would have exploded in a fireball if a Fox News reporter had offered such a positive assessment of the facility.

In any case, I thought it was interesting how different these stories were despite the fact that they were all about the same facility based on a tour that happened on the same day. In fact, I’m pretty sure all of these reporters were taking the tour at the same time because two of the outlets (NBC and ABC) mentioned the same girl crying after leaving a bank of phones. The point is obvious: Different reporters emphasized different things and depending on which ones you read, you could come away with a very different impression of the conditions inside this facility.

If there is a common thread here it’s that things appear under control now but this facility was never designed to have 700 children inside it or even 300. When CBP says they are overwhelmed, they aren’t making idle chatter. Bottom line: This really is a crisis that needs to be dealt with.

Finally, for those not familiar with Rashomon (in the headline), it’s a great and justifiably famous Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa which looks at a single incident from multiple perspectives.

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