MSM Claims That Strong Wind Made Border Wall Fall, That’s Not the Whole Story
It’s true that President Trump has boasted that the wall is something strong enough that it practically cannot be knocked down. So when a small segment fell down last week after some strong winds, the mainstream media seized the opportunity to talk about it and how bad it was.
Here are some of the headlines and comments that a few news outlets published:
CNN: Portion of US border wall in California falls over in high winds and lands on Mexican side
NBC News: Portions of California border wall wilt and fall into Mexico after high winds
HuffPost: “Trump’s signature border wall fell over in Mexico from high winds a day after he boasted about the strength of his barrier.”
AJ+: Part of President Trump’s proposed border wall fell over because of high winds.
NowThis: “Strong gusts of wind knocked over new sections of Trump’s border wall into Mexico”
You’ll recognize that all of these, of course, are far-left organizations.
However, all of these headlines are completely misleading. Yes, it is true that a segment of the wall was knocked over by strong winds, but what the media is failing to also report is that the fallen segment had not yet been anchored down.
Washington Post border reporter Nick Miroff also stated that these headlines are misleading and specifically called out CNN’s coverage of the incident. He tweeted: “I get the urge to dunk on the border wall, but this is misleading. The panels that fell over in the wind were not anchored yet. You can clearly see that in the photo. And adjacent sections did NOT fall, likely because the concrete base had time to harden.”
“When there are issues, flaws, problems etc with the border wall and its construction, we will continue to cover them. This incident was not one of those.”
Here is one of the posts from HuffPost:
Trump’s signature border wall fell over in Mexico from high winds a day after he boasted about the strength of his barrier. pic.twitter.com/YJOGPWMI3g
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) January 30, 2020