Media Fail At Reading Comprehension [VIDEO]

Media Fail At Reading Comprehension [VIDEO]

Media Fail At Reading Comprehension [VIDEO]

What do you think when you see the words “BREAKING NEWS” or “NEW”? That the story being reported is brand-new, right? Well, the story of the day is a horrific AP story detailing alleged abuses in a Virginia juvenile detention center.

And Twitter is up in arms over it – especially journalists and media.

AP reporter Michael Biesecker:


MSNBC’s Lawrence “Stop the hammering” O’Donnell:


A blue-check journalism professor:


Bloomberg opinion writer:


And a lot of comments like this:
https://twitter.com/accidentalflyer/status/1009680836566794240


Well, this story is apparently “NEW” and “BREAKING NEWS” if you slept through the eight years of the Obama Administration. Which, it’s becoming increasingly clear, the media actually did.


Well, it’s “new to you!” Like a used car!


Anyone think the AP buried the dates in the story for their own click-baiting purposes? Paragraph 12 states the date the shelter opened.

The Shenandoah detention center was built by a coalition of seven nearby towns and counties to lock up local kids charged with serious crimes. Since 2007, about half the 58 beds are occupied by both male and female immigrants between the ages of 12 and 17 facing deportation proceedings or awaiting rulings on asylum claims. Though incarcerated in a facility similar to a prison, the children detained on administrative immigration charges have not yet been convicted of any crime.

This article is actually detailing the allegations in a LAWSUIT… allegations from the Obama era.

The lawsuit filed against Shenandoah alleges that young Latino immigrants held there “are subjected to unconstitutional conditions that shock the conscience, including violence by staff, abusive and excessive use of seclusion and restraints, and the denial of necessary mental health care.”

The complaint filed by the nonprofit Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs recounts the story of an unnamed 17-year-old Mexican citizen apprehended at the southern border. The teen fled an abusive father and violence fueled by drug cartels to seek asylum in the United States in 2015.

After stops at facilities in Texas and New York, he was transferred to Shenandoah in April 2016 and diagnosed during an initial screening by a psychologist with three mental disorders, including depression. Besides weekly sessions speaking with a counselor, the lawsuit alleges the teen has received no further mental health treatment, such as medications that might help regulate his moods and behavior.

Now, the article got a “refresh” by the AP after its original reporting from last December, which allows them to now claim that it is “breaking” and “new” – except that the internet is forever, and it’s clear the article was originally published last December.

Should the allegations be fully investigated? Of course, and that’s why there’s a lawsuit in progress. But this has now become the problem with Twitter outrage – the headline is all people see. People don’t bother to actually read the ARTICLE. The HEADLINE is what gets people’s attention and scores a comment or a retweet.

Even from people who should have reeeeeeeally looked before they stepped on that rake.


Get the popcorn.


Yes, Jesse Lehrich is OFA (Obama For America)’s communications director and a former Hillary Clinton spokesman, per his Twitter bio.


It’s always an interesting moment when journalists begin to wake up about things they should have noticed years ago.


And this from June 2014:

The media knew that it was happening, but they just loved Obama so much, and they didn’t want to beat him over the head with it.

In announcing his long-hyped executive actions, Obama included a key caveat that didn’t get much attention at the time: The relaxed deportation policy would only apply to people who entered the U.S. before the start of 2014, and not to the 100,000 estimated to have surged over the southern border from Central American countries that summer. Dozens of those families were the ones targeted by ICE officials over the weekend, and a total of 121 migrants were detained, the government reported.

“This should come as no surprise,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday in a lengthy statement confirming the raids. “I have said publicly for months that individuals who constitute enforcement priorities, including families and unaccompanied children, will be removed.”

And now the media is rushing to cover and retweet an issue that has been in the open for years, in hopes of slapping Trump around.

And they have the gall to wonder why they have credibility problems.

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3 Comments
  • GWB says:

    story detailing alleged abuses
    Note that even acknowledging it was 0bama’s admin, these are still alleged abuses. They most certainly haven’t been proven in any way.

    And, bringing up Abu Ghraib (or Gitmo) makes it even less solid of a story. Because, despite there being some real abuses at Abu Ghraib, none were as bad as the stories the progs cooked up.

    Which, it’s becoming increasingly clear, the media actually did [sleep through the eight years of the Obama Administration].
    Well, they were sleeping with the 0bama admin. Not sure if there was anything more than metaphorical sleeping going on, though.

    young Latino immigrants
    No, they are “illegal aliens”. That means they are alien to this country – not admitted through any legal process – and that they are here illegally – meaning they broke the rules to enter into our country (where they are aliens).

    subjected to unconstitutional conditions
    Well, since they are neither citizens nor legal residents, they really aren’t possessed of any “constitutional” rights. Those belong to people legally in this country (you know, “under the jurisdiction of”).

    the nonprofit Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
    “Nonprofit”. You keep using that word……..

    they just loved Obama so much
    Again, the “sleeping” part of “sleeping with” is totally metaphorical.

  • J. Jeffrey Baxter says:

    All of this is pure deflection away from the real story of the commie dems themselves getting stripped naked in front of Congress.

    And the Vagina Chronicles called the MSM cannot bring itself to say so.

    Not surprising. They are all tangled up in those strings that give puppets their pretense of movement.

  • askeptic says:

    Just asking, but isn’t this detention center under the control of Gov. “Global Crossing” of VA – a Democrat and close Hillary ally?

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