Coverage of these lies and misinformation on the caravan carry significant consequences.
As the Washington Post reported
, “The Soros-caravan conspiracy theory weaves together anti-Semitism, fear of immigrants and the specter of powerful foreign agents controlling major world events in pursuit of a hidden agenda. And it appears to have had real-world consequences on Saturday for Jews attending services, including a baby-naming ceremony, in their synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.” …
The definition of propaganda is information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
The White House and its advisors have openly stated they are using the caravan for political purposes.
. . . It is incumbent on all of us to know and call out when our leaders are pushing propaganda for their own callous, political gain.
And we rely on — and call on — a free and independent media to not give propaganda a pass. The caravan should no longer be treated as a major news story — as was done last week — and it would only embolden this president’s lies to do so. Any mainstream outlet that covers this caravan devoid of the basic facts nowhere near the border and is mainly comprised of women and children is aiding President Trump’s political agenda and contributing to a climate of xenophobia and intolerance.