Times columnist Oliver Kamm likes to accuse others of propogating fake news. Here are some examples:
— Oliver Kamm (@OliverKamm) January 11, 2018
— Oliver Kamm (@OliverKamm) December 29, 2017
— Oliver Kamm (@OliverKamm) January 31, 2017
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. It strikes at the most basic requirements of human obligation & dignity. https://t.co/SCkwekfXL1
— Oliver Kamm (@OliverKamm) June 19, 2018
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.