A CNN Panel Blasts TIME For Fake News Story – Yes, You Read That Right

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump look on before departing from Luis Muñiz Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria thrashed through the US territory, much of the islands remains short of food and without access to power or drinking water. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Time Magazine’s newest cover shows President Trump towering over a crying little girl with the text: “Welcome to America.”

The cover undoubtedly makes reference to recent weeks of the immigration situation where two thousand children were separated from their parents along the border.

After its publication, the photo of the girl was found out to be fake. She was never separated from her mother, Fox News reports.

From the report:

A little girl shown in a viral photo crying as a U.S. Border Patrol agent detained her mother – and used by TIME magazine to symbolize the Trump administration’s family separation policy – reportedly was never separated from her mom.
“Welcome to America,” declared a somber TIME cover, which showed the picture of the Honduran child Yanela Sanchez next to a towering President Trump.

TIME, which is standing by the cover despite the new information, originally called it “an image America could not ignore” and interviewed the photographer, as did other outlets. TIME followed up with another article entirely about the cover and “the story behind” it.

As Fox News reports, multiple outlets contacted the girl’s father, Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, over the picture. He denied the substance of the story and said, though the child and her mother were detained at a facility in Texas, at no point were they separated. Reuters confirmed the father’s story via a statement from the Honduran government.

Per the Washington Post, the father further revealed that the woman was deported in 2013 back to Honduras and left, taking the child, without notifying him.

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“You can imagine how I felt when I saw that photo of my daughter. It broke my heart. It’s difficult as a father to see that, but I know now that they are not in danger. They are safer now than when they were making that journey to the border,” Hernandez told The Daily Mail.

A CNN panel took a swipe at Time Magazine for the false reporting, the Daily Caller reports.

“Not only Republicans should pounce, media should pounce, Democrats should pounce, because when you make someone the emblem of a problem in a land where people have a lot of suspicions about media coverage — and think this might be somebody messing with them or exaggerating a problem that like existed in a different capacity under Obama,”  CNN contributor Mary Katharine Ham said.

“Then yeah, when you put that person as the symbol and it turns out she is not affected by that policy and was in fact not separated and her mother was a repeat offender coming over the border again,” she added, per the report.

National Review reports Time Magazine is standing by their use of the misleading photo:

“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,” a Time spokesman said in a statementprovided to CNN. “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.”

The photo, which shows a two-year-old Honduran girl crying as her mother is being patted down by border-patrol agents, accompanied a Time article that falsely stated the girl was carried away from her mother screaming. The story was later corrected to state that the girl and her mother were loaded into a van together.

Time Magazine was not the only publication to utilize the photo. The New York Daily News also featured the girl on the cover of its June 16 issue. The photo was captioned: “Callous. Soulless. Craven. Trump.”

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