Biden Admin Suspends Border Patrol From Using Horses Because They Fell for a Fake News Story
Fake news is having real world consequences once again.
It all began with a widely mocked article published in the El Paso Times claiming that border patrol was using whips to round up Haitian migrants at the border. In reality, the journalist who published this non-revelation was simply confusing the horse’s reins for a whip. The photographer who took the photos featured in that article has since said that he never saw the agents whipping anyone.
But because no other journalist knows what horse reins are either, the story spread like wildfire and was uncritically picked up by countless publications. PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor tweeted out the story, and a separate journalist asked Jen Psaki a question about what would be done about the non-existent whips at the border during a press briefing. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas refuted the story hours after Psaki’s comments – than did a 180 on that as to not contradict the now-official narrative.
After reality failed to win out, Jen Psaki just announced that the fake news would lead to a policy change in that horses would no longer be used at the border once again. “I can also convey to you that the secretary also conveyed to civil rights leaders earlier this morning that we will no longer be using horses in Del Rio so that is something, a policy change that has been made in response,” she said.
To journalists and the administration, their problem isn’t record numbers of illegals pouring over the border, it’s the optics of preventing it.
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