The above photo by President Obama’s former speech writer went viral and fast.  I understand why — seeing two children sleeping on the ground in a cage is enough to sober anyone.  This isn’t how life is supposed to be.  Not here in America.

Liberals were incensed…  and also some conservatives.  Prominent activist Linda Sarsour, CNN’s Hadas Gold, and the New York Times’s Jake Silverstein all retweeted this photo.

There was only one problem. The photo, meant to inflame people to oppose President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, was actually taken back when President Barack Obama was in charge.

But there more Twitter mistakes, too.  This photo of a bus full of baby seats went viral too.  It appeared that a Texas U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility  had a prison bus made especially for babies.  People, incensed that babies were being ripped from the arms of their immigrant mothers, shared the photo far and wide.  You probably guessed that this wasn’t what it seemed either:

The Weekly Standard sets the record straight:

The image in question comes from a 2016 report by the GEO Group, a contractor with ICE, covering two new buses specifically made to take children detained at the Karnes County Residential Center on field trips “to a variety of places, such as the San Antonio Zoo, seeing a movie at the local theater, going to the park, etc.”

Wow…  that doesn’t really sound too bad, does it?  That didn’t stop people all over social media from decrying what “Trump’s America” has wrought.  (This bus, however, was being used back when Obama was President, too.)

David French at National Review writes:

Yes, I know that much of the nation is in the grips of Trump Derangement Syndrome, but does that fully explain the gullibility on display here? After all, while some of the images and stories were shared by activist hacks, some of those who jumped on the outrage train were smart and careful people who ordinarily know better.

This is what happens when narrative trumps truth: Even responsible people are primed to believe lies. We see this all the time in the wars over our current president. We’re forgetting, however, the extent to which narrative still trumps the truth about the Obama administration.

So, what happened to all of those errant tweets?  Once the record was set straight, did these prominent people tweet a retraction?  An apology?  Of course not.  People have one narrative and they can’t deviate from the script.  Trump = Bad.  Obama = Good. Got that?

Now, ask yourself why Americans are so fond of the phrase #fakenews.

Image Credit: Screen shot of deleted tweet

Hat Tip: National Review

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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