Was Photo of Migrant Mom Fleeing Tear Gas With Barefoot Children Staged?

  • 2018-11-26
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
 Was Photo of Migrant Mom Fleeing Tear Gas With Barefoot Children Staged?
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Shortly after 500-odd migrants swarmed the U.S. border Sunday, one photograph began making the rounds in the mainstream media. 

The Daily Wire's Joseph Curl has more:
 

The photo shows a woman pulling her children, reportedly fleeing tear gas fired by U.S. authorities.

 

Social media immediately filled with outcry. "Trump is tear gassing babies at the border. Read that again. Trump is lobbing tear gas canisters at mothers & children at the border. Lordy there are photos of children running from the noxious gas. This is Trump’s America & America’s shame. Real news, real Trump. Who wants this?" one person wrote on Twitter.

But one observant Twitterer found some unusual things in the very same picture posted above. In the background, it appears as if many people are not fleeing anything, and a photographer with a camera on a tripod appears to be taking pictures of a child running as another photographer shoots people "posing as if fleeing."

 

"Look at the high resolution picture of the guys in the back holding each other for the photographer to make it look like they are running," wrote another.

 
As doubt grew on the veracity of the photo, a video by The Daily Caller's Benny Johnson, juxtaposing CNN's Jim Acosta lecturing the president about the migrant caravan with the disarray at the border went viral.
 
 Source: AAN
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