Liberals were outraged over reports that found the U.S. had the highest detention levels among children in the world. The reports stated that approximately 100,000 children were currently in immigration custody, which is in violation of international law. The “problem” as it was later discovered, however, was that the figures were from 2015, under the Obama administration.
This is truly one of the biggest self-owns I have seen in recent memory.— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) November 20, 2019
The article the DNC shared was eventually taken down, because it was citing child detention numbers in 2015 during the Obama-Biden administration.
Fake news strikes hard! https://t.co/nvxOFFhDik
Hey @NydiaVelazquez,— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 20, 2019
Thank you for sharing the article that documents what Barack Obama, who belongs to *your* party, did to immigrant children in 2015 https://t.co/f1nEn7VVTp pic.twitter.com/Eiap0TG6XI
Maybe if CNN/NBC/NYT/HuffPo et al took a break from giving Obama an 8-year tongue bath they would’ve noticed that there were more than 100,000 kids in detention in 2015. https://t.co/cMHq454svi— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) November 20, 2019
Rather than issue a correction to the article, both Reuters and AFP completely withdrew the story, stating there would be no replacement. Other news outlets issued a correction or said an updated story was forthcoming.
AFP is withdrawing this story.— AFP news agency (@AFP) November 19, 2019
The author of the report has clarified that his figures do not represent the number of children currently in migration-related US detention, but the total number of children in migration-related US detention in 2015.
We will delete the story. https://t.co/p30UjEWl7u
"A Nov. 18 story headlined “U.S. has world’s highest rate of children in detention -U.N. study” is withdrawn," writes Reuters. "The United Nations issued a statement on Nov. 19 saying the number was not current but was for the year 2015. No replacement story will be issued."
Sure, if the report didn't indicate the data was from 2015. But now the Q is why news outlets are retracting the story instead of updating now that they know the numbers were from the Obama admin ??— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) November 19, 2019
Both Reuters and AFP are pulling down, not correcting, stories on a UN report finding the US had the world’s highest rate of children in detention in 2015 when Obama was President. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/zeGUrHbnUw— Natalie Johnson (@nataliejohnsonn) November 19, 2019