The New York Times ran a story with the headline, “Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants ‘Animals’ in Rant.” Its lead paragraph read, “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.
USA Today ran a story with the headline, “Trump ramps up rhetoric on undocumented immigrants: ‘These aren’t people.
It’s lead paragraph read, “President Trump used extraordinarily harsh rhetoric to renew his call for stronger immigration laws Wednesday, calling undocumented immigrants ‘animals’ and venting frustration at Mexican officials who he said ‘do nothing’ to help the United States.”
And USA Today — like the Times and Post — included the context of the MS-13 reference in relation to Trump’s “animals” comment, yet the paper’s lead paragraph and headline completely ignored the context and instead greatly broadened Trump’s intent by implying he meant all illegal immigrants.
NPR’s more balanced story noted the context of the MS-13 reference in relation to Trump’s “animals” remark — and mentioned the “debate over which people Trump meant to include within the scope of his remarks” as well as counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway’s statement that many had “rushed to judgment.”
AP has deleted a tweet from late Wednesday on Trump’s “animals” comment about immigrants because it wasn’t made clear that he was speaking after a comment about gang members.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 17, 2018