Saturday, April 6, 2019

CBS Portrays Human Smugglers As Humanitarians In Misguided Border Coverage

The mainstream media doesn’t want to admit there’s a crisis at the border, so it’s portraying the players in the crisis in the best possible light.
In a misguided attempt to find an edgy new angle on the border crisis, CBS aired a documentary segment Sunday that casts a sympathetic light on a pair of coyotes, or human smugglers, in Panama.
Under the headline, “The human coyotes helping migrants survive Central America’s grueling Darien Gap jungle,” CBS portrays two men, Gonzalez Jimenez and his smuggling partner Augustin, as humanitarians just trying to help get migrants safely through a dangerous stretch of jungle:
Emerson Gonzalez Jimenez said he typically charges $700 to get people safely from Capurgana, Colombia, to Bajo Chiquito, Panama. He said he sometimes makes exceptions and lowers the cost, especially if he encounters migrants who were abandoned by their group. “Many get lost. They lose the path,” said Gonzalez Jimenez.
“I helped a lot of people, particularly women with children,” he said. “Because many have passed through here and not made it.”
Viewers must take Mr. Gonzalez Jimenez at his word: there are no women and children featured in the CBS segment, and in fact no migrants at all who are interviewed on camera.
The piece is the first chapter in a new CBS series called, “Border Business: Inside Immigration,” with forthcoming chapters on each stage of migrants’ journey to the U.S. border, profiling the people who help them along the way—all of whom, it seems, will be portrayed as humanitarians. The next chapter, “the rest stop,” is set in Tapachula, Mexico, on the border with Guatemala, where migrants rest and prepare for the trip through Mexico. “For locals like Concepción González Ramírez, it’s a business opportunity—as well as, in her case, something of a calling.”
Read the rest from John Daniel Davidson HERE at The Federalist.

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