Accuracy in Media

WASHINGTON – Ever since Donald Trump ran for and became our nation’s 45th President of the United States, the fake news and other media organizations have continuously over embellished on their headlines, and their overall reporting to fit what their readers want, rather than the truth. These days it’s all about the headlines that make the most money, what drives readership, membership, and renewals, rather than protecting the first amendment right by reporting fairly and accurately.

On April 30, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan participated in the House Appropriations subcommittee to discuss his agency’s future funding. In his testimony he made note that the department is running out of money amid a spike in migrants crossing the Southern border and the administration will ask Congress for border funds this year.

Yesterday, Fox News reported “The White House is asking for an additional $4.5 billion in emergency spending for border security.”

The same article recorded a summary of the request obtained by the AP says the “White House wants $3.3 billion for humanitarian aid to increase shelter capacity for unaccompanied migrant children and feeding and care of families.

Another $1.1 billion would go toward operational support including personnel expenses, detention beds, transportation, and investigative work on smuggling.”

After reading some of the major news networks headlines we find the following:

  • New York Times: White House Asks Congress for Billions More in Border Funding.
  • CNBC: Trump asks Congress for $4.5 billion more in emergency border money.
  • CNN: White House asks for $4.5 billion in emergency funds for border.

At the end of the day, USA Today reigned supreme with their headline of what is actually being funded at the border, “Trump requests $4.5 billion to address ‘humanitarian crisis’ at border.”

This goes to show how the fake news attempts to sway readers with catchy headlines that may not be appropriate for the exact story but will drive readership and potential membership.

With further explicit breakdown, the funds were asked to be used at the border and appropriated through Congress to DHS.

This is simply is not to fund the border wall construction or wall in general. Although what many headlines, such as the above miss is that the administration is asking for this money to battle the humanitarian crisis that CPB battles as more illegal aliens pour in every single day. 

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.




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