Oliver Kamm and Fake News

Times columnist Oliver Kamm likes to accuse others of propogating fake news. Here are some examples:

The thing is, Kamm works for The Times, which is a real news outlet. The likes of RT and seemingly any organ which represents views outside the M25 merely peddle fake news. Which brings me to this tweet:

Evil, eh? You can actually feel the moral preening. Now two things occurred to me when I saw the photo of the crying girl. The first was that she looks much like any toddler you see in the aisle of a supermarket on a Sunday morning; she could as well have been wailing over not getting an ice cream as being cruelly separated from her parents by Trump at the US border. That should have given journalists pause for thought. The second was that I knew – just knew – within 24 to 48 hours the entire story would unravel and we’d find the media had been lying to us, aided and abetted by the likes of Oliver Kamm. And whaddya know:

The father of the Honduran girl who became the face of the family separation crisis has revealed that he still has not been in touch with his wife or daughter but was happy to learn they are safe.

Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, 32, said that he had not heard from his wife Sandra, 32, who was with his two-year-old daughter Yanela Denise, for nearly three weeks until he saw the image of them being apprehended in Texas

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Hernandez, who lives in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, says that he was told on Wednesday by a Honduran official in the US that his wife and child are being detained at a family residential center in Texas but are together and are doing ‘fine.’

‘You can imagine how I felt when I saw that photo of my daughter. It broke my heart. It’s difficult as a father to see that, but I know now that they are not in danger. They are safer now than when they were making that journey to the border,’ he said.

Denis said his wife and daughter were never separated by border control agents and remain together.

Turns out, not only was this photo (and others) highly misleading but the policies being described as “evil” were in place throughout the Obama administration. Nobody who has observed the media since Trump’s election should be surprised by this; I write this post only to serve as a handy reference next time Kamm accuses someone else of peddling fake news. They’re all as bad as each other.

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11 thoughts on “Oliver Kamm and Fake News

  1. My first thought when I saw the photo was that the shoes looked in pretty good nick for someone who’d just walked across Mexico.

    My second was to wonder what goes on in these people’s heads. No, as an illegal alien, you don’t get family reunion. No, you cannot apply for asylum by proxy by sending your wife. Third, if you’re picked up on the Mexican border, it’s pretty obvious you were in Mexico, which is an AOK place, officially, to get refugee status.

  2. Bearing in mind that the kid’s mum is in the photo ( ok, only her leg in the cropped version) this ain’t a mistake.

  3. They even take small children’s shoelaces to stop them banging themselves! Check out the trainers.

  4. I am forever indebted to RT for revealing that the Tottenham and Croydon rioters were not exclusively white nor middle class as shown on BBC and Channel 4.

  5. I don’t think there’s been a single true story in the MSM for years. Not even a cat stuck up in a tree story. Even the stories based on real events get twisted.

  6. policies being described as “evil” were in place throughout the Obama administration

    And the Bush administration before that.

    The reason that they separate the kids is because a lot of the gangs and organised crime either steal or kidnap the children to gain an easy admission to the USA and/or traffic them. Plus putting children fitting that scenario into cages with known paedophiles and hardened cartel criminals is not, IMHO, a very god idea, hence the separate and screen policy in place.

    However, let’s not allow facts to stand in the way of political points scoring, eh?

  7. The saturation coverage that this relatively trivial issue received kind of boggles the mind. It feels like an information op that the propaganda ministry of some fictional totalitarian country would have dreamed up. You heard of nothing but “separated kids” for days at a time. Every media outlet was running this story and virtually nothing else. Local murders – who cares! There are pictures of crying waifs to broadcast.

    And it worked, I guess. People who knew nothing of the asylum claims process a week ago (and still don’t!) are changing their Facebook profiles to decry the outrageous outrageousness of it all. It certainly seems to have energized Dem voters. And they got Trump to change course, which tarnishes his brand a bit. So all in all a victory for Trump’s enemies.

  8. “As the late great Terry Pratchett observed a lie can be halfway around the world before the truth has got its boots on”

    That expression predates Pratchett by at least a couple of hundred years.

  9. That expression predates Pratchett by at least a couple of hundred years.

    Pratchett is held in great esteem by people who have never read anything else, and therefore don’t realize he’s peddling Very British Socialism in the guise of silly fantasy.

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