Accuracy in Media

Attorney General Jeff Sessions deviated from his prepared remarks, where he said that MS-13 and other gangs are “filth” and that the U.S. government will work to eliminate the problems with gangs. However, people on social media saw the word “filth” and mistakenly attributed it to Sessions disparaging illegal immigrants and blasted Sessions for the remark.

The¬†word “filth” was in his prepared remarks, but he actually did not say it in his speech. Yet, people like one Tufts professor took the prepared remarks out of context. The professor apologized in a Washington Post piece, but it shows that context matters.

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