Accuracy in Media

CBS News praised the NFL’s Super Bowl halftime show performance on Sunday for delivering a “powerful statement” about immigration policy and the Latino community.

CBS tried to tie the performance to children that have been allegedly caged after being detained after attempting to cross the border into the U.S.

As Lopez was finishing her “Dance Again” hit, Hard Rock Stadium turned dark — only to be brightened by her daughter Emme and other children who were caged in neon structures. While moving out of the cage, the younger Lopez began to sing the opening lyrics of “Let’s Get Loud” and cameras focused on kids with sweaters that had U.S. flags on them.

Many on social media believed it was a call for attention at President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which split up hundreds of parents and children at the border. Some of the children that were separated from their families were housed in what were described as cages at detention centers.

The story then went on to describe how Lopez wore a two-sided coat with both the American and Puerto Rican flags and then screaming out “Latinos!” and then singing “Born in the U.S.A. ” with her daughter Emme, noting how viewers including CBS News correspondent David Begnaud, interpreted the performance as a reminder that Puerto Rico is part of the U.S.

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