Breitbart News reported that eight Syrians were apprehended as they tried to cross the border from
Mexico into Texas. It was enough for Texas Governor Greg
Abbot to vow to prevent any Syrian refugees from entering into Texas. Donald Trump
speculated that the Syrians might be members of ISIS.
The attempted infiltration showed the need to build a “big, beautiful wall,”
Trump added. People who read “news” article like this are likely to picture
eight terrorists trying to sneak into America
where they can create carnage like that which happened in Paris. We can almost see eight young Middle
Eastern men like those who killed 129 people in France.
Part of any news story is what is omitted. What the Breitbart report omitted is that these eight Syrians were made up of two families, two men, two women, and four children. To say that they were apprehended suggests that they were caught trying to sneak across the border. In fact they were not “caught.” They presented themselves to border agents as they sought asylum in the
Did Breitbart leave these things out because he was ignorant of the facts, or did he deliberately leave them out to distort what really happened?