For some reason, people are still protesting President Trump's now-repealed immigration policy. Every day, we get a fresh example of outrage that is dubious or unsavory or sometimes even violent.
There was the graphic cartoon by Occupy Wall Street, the abuse of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi as she left a theater, where she'd been watching Won't You Be My Neighbor, the similar abuse of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the mistreatment of Sarah Sanders (boy, for a group that calls itself feminist, progressives sure do mistreat a lot of women), and the bungled Time magazine cover story, which saw the magazine use a photo of an immigrant girl being kidnapped from her parents, all of which turned out to be false.
The girl had never been taken from her mother. That didn't matter, though, Time magazine concluded, it was the message that counts.
Oddly enough, a similar incident happened today, when Alexis Ren, Maxim's Mexico cover girl in 2017, a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie for 2018, posted an image of a sobbing child reaching through a chain leak fence.
"I'm f---ing disgusted right now," Ren wrote. The assumption is that she'd posted evidence of children being taken from their parents at the US border. It wasn't until after the tweet went viral that people realized the photo had nothing to do with the current border situation. Not even close. The photo was actually taken last year, for a Metro UK article titled "Thousands of children separated from parents during battle to free Mosul from ISIS."
She's a Sports Illustrated model. Who cares what she has to say?
She's a Sports Illustrated model. Who cares what she has to say? Well, strange as it is, her tweets can have a real-world effect that is both divisive and precarious. Before Ren deleted the tweet, it had garnered 16,300 retweets and 50,300 likes. With roughly 12.2 million followers on Instagram and 1.5 million followers in Twitter, Ren has the ability to spread a false message, to influence public opinion.
Fake news, I believe it's called.