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This week’s cover of TIME will feature an orange cartoon version of President Trump cornered in fright as orange paint on the adjacent walls boxes him in.
See it yourself:
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 26, 2019
Obviously, the cover comes in response to the Democratic Party’s attempt to launch an impeachment inquiry based on a flimsy whistleblower report in which an unnamed intelligence official effectively attempts to smear President Trump as pressuring the country of Ukraine to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden based entirely on third-party hearsay.
Of course, TIME has engaged in this sort of bias against the president on more than one occasion — such as its cover from June of last year that featured a smug Trump standing over a crying illegal immigrant child:
TIME’s new cover: ‘Welcome to America’ pic.twitter.com/AioggFYKUj
— Antonio Arellano (@AntonioArellano) June 21, 2018
And just like the implication of the “orange man bad” cover provided by TIME this week, the illegal immigrant child cover turned out to be misleading: The featured girl was not separated from her parents at the border (as was implied), but was taken from her family in Honduras by her mother and was only crying due to hunger and dehydration. As Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro explained at the time:
The cover is total bull. It’s not just total bull because Trump hasn’t implemented a newly-developed policy of separating children from parents — that’s an operation of law under the Flores settlement as modified by a 2016 Ninth Circuit court ruling. It’s bull because this particular child wasn’t separated from her mother, her mother wasn’t fleeing persecution but did falsely claim asylum, her mother did put the child in danger, and Trump was targeted by the media for treating this mother and child exactly the same way the Obama administration would have.
Here’s the real story.
The little girl is from Honduras. She wasn’t separated from her mother; she was crying because her mother was crossing illegally into the United States and the little girl was “tired and thirsty,” according to Border Patrol.
After being caught in a blatant lie, TIME attempted to play the “factually accurate but morally true” card by saying the cover accurately reflected the essence of the Trump administration’s policy at the southern border.
“The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason: Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents. Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment,” TIME said in a statement.
As to whether or not Trump is actually frightened and cornered in the wake of this “whistleblower” report, the president has made his opinion clear that this is yet another political witch hunt and that he will fight back, accordingly.
“A whistleblower with second hand information? Another Fake News Story! See what was said on the very nice, no pressure, call. Another Witch Hunt!” Trump tweeted on Thursday