The mainstream media are so unethical ...
[How unethical are they?!]
... that now they're just flat-out lying.
There was a time when the MSM simply exaggerated or, as they do so well, lied by omission (funny how much they forget to include in their usually biased, often single-sourced stories). But now they're just telling bald-faced lies.
"Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants ‘Animals’ in Rant," said The New York Times in its Thursday paper.
"President Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting on Wednesday, warning in front of news cameras that dangerous people were clamoring to breach the country’s borders and branding such people 'animals,'" said the article's lead.
MSNBC celebrity "journalist" Andrea Mitchell parroted the same thing, saying Trump "calls people trying to get into the country 'animals' not people."
And NPR said it. And C-SPAN said it.
"In reference to ‘animals,’ Trump evokes an ugly history of dehumanization," said The Washington Post.
And USA Today said it. And Vox. And the BBC. And CBS.
And the Associated Press.
And the New York Daily News. And . . . you get the idea.
But The Hill, an inside-the-Beltway publication for people interested in politics, added a couple words to its headline, words that completely changed the entire meaning: "Trump on immigrant gang members: 'These aren't people,' they're 'animals'."
Oh, wait, gang members are animals? No, not "some unauthorized immigrants" (by the way, what's an "unauthorized immigrant"? You've either gone through the immigration process, or you sneaked across the border, which makes you an illegal alien).
That's right, Trump was talking about — and only about — members of a dangerous and deadly gang known as MS-13.
And to show you just how far the media will go to misrepresent what the president said, here is the transcript for the entire section in which Trump discusses "animals," after Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims explains to Trump during a roundtable at the White House just what her department is up against (with key parts bolded):
THE PRESIDENT: Okay, Margaret?
SHERIFF MIMS: Thank you, Mr. President. You know, sheriffs in California are now in an untenable position when it comes to trying to figure out — now, we have state law, we have federal laws, and here we are stuck in the middle. Sheriffs, especially, because most of us run our county jails.
When there became a legal challenge to the 48-hour holds for ICE, it was very frustrating for us. So what I did is I invited ICE to put their officers in my jails so they're able to do their work. We didn’t have the staffing to be able to help figure out who they wanted to talk to or didn’t. I said, come on in, work with our people to keep our community safe. Two weeks later, Mr. President, Kate Steinle was murdered.
Now, I wasn’t the only sheriff to do that. Sheriff Youngblood did, Sheriff Christianson. And it was perfect — because we didn’t have to take our time, with our staff, to do anything. ICE was in there doing their work in a safe, controlled, environment. And then, the initiatives started happening — the TRUST Act, the TRUTH Act, and finally, SB 54, the Values Act. And that is causing us all kinds of turmoil.
So here we are, stuck in the middle, trying to decide. We have federal law, we have state law. And that's why I welcomed Attorney General Sessions's lawsuit, because that will provide us the clarity that we need and direction that we need. What do we do? Because here we are.
And I appreciated Mr. Homan and ICE. We had a great relationship; we still do. But now ICE is the only law enforcement agency that cannot use our databases to find the bad guys. They cannot come in and talk to people in our jail, unless they reach a certain threshold. They can't do all kinds of things that other law enforcement agencies can do. And it's really put us in a very bad position.
THE PRESIDENT: It's a disgrace. Okay? It's a disgrace.
SHERIFF MIMS: It's a disgrace.
THE PRESIDENT: And we're suing on that, and we're working hard, and I think it will all come together, because people want it to come together. It's so ridiculous. The concept that we're even talking about is ridiculous. We'll take care of it, Margaret. We'll win.
SHERIFF MIMS: Thank you. There could be an MS-13 member I know about — if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it.
THE PRESIDENT: We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we're stopping a lot of them — but we're taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we're taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that's never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It's crazy.
The dumbest laws — as I said before, the dumbest laws on immigration in the world. So we're going to take care of it, Margaret. We'll get it done. We're going to ask that man right there, because that man can do it. (Laughter.) Right now he's the most important man in the room. Kevin can do it.
So there you have it. Trump is clearly talking about MS-13 gang members, but Andrea Mitchell — quoting California Gov. Jerry Brown, no less — wants you to believe Trump thinks all immigrants are animals.
Sure, you'd think this column would end with "the MSM oughta' be ashamed," or something like that, but it can't, because the MSM clearly no longer feels any shame about . . . anything. Years from now, people will look back on this time period — the exact one we're in right now — as the moment the media first began to lose its credibility.
It is salvageable, but not by running stories like this.
[Update: Hours -- and hours and hours -- after its story spread across the internet, the Associated Press issued a correction on Twitter.