Time Magazine has a misleading new cover photo that displays President Trump Photoshopped next to a crying migrant child. You probably saw it on social media over the weekend.
The cover story is about migrant children who were separated from their parents at the border because of our country's immigration policies.
Of course, we now know the child in the photo was never separated from her parents. The photo might look bad, but that kid was kept in her mother's arms after they were detained.
With a little bit of research, I figured out who's to blame for the misleading explanation of that image.
Getty Images is a popular photo website that supplies media outlets with high-resolution images to topical news stories.
That photo is available for purchase on Getty Images' website, but it's unlikely your average news consumer would have ever seen the original image because only journalists and news editors subscribe to the Getty Images' photo service.
Here's how Getty Images describes the photo:
Border Patrol Agents Detain Migrants Near US-Mexico BorderMCALLEN, TX - JUNE 12: A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. The asylum seekers had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents before being sent to a processing center for possible separation. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is executing the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Getty Images explained that the girl's mom was being detained, but neglected to mention that they were never separated. This made the photo seem extremely enticing to left learning news reporters and journalists.
Meanwhile, the editors at Time Magazine saw this photo with its description and they decided to just go with it - forget the rest of the story, people love sensational news!
Time Magazine is definitely guilty of parlaying fake news, but Getty Images was their accomplice in the task.
Image by Getty Images