Here is a headline from WaPo:
I have no problem with that first sentence, although most headlines only have one. As a matter of fact, I’ve never seen a headline that had two complete sentences in it before. But that second sentence is a doozy. This is not a supplemental story, this IS the story.
Check it out:
Elizabeth Iraheta was passing the Koch Foods processing plant in Morton, Miss., on Wednesday when she saw immigration officials swarming outside and a helicopter overhead. Big silver buses lined the driveway and agents blocked the entrance gates.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers were sweeping through the workplace and rounding up all undocumented immigrants. By the day’s end, nearly 700 people would be arrested.
Angie’s mother was one of them.
Friends of Angie’s mother brought the 12-year-old girl to the food-processing plant to say goodbye before agents loaded her onto a bus with dozens of other immigrants. Angie is teary-eyed in a video of an encounter with an ICE agent but also seems confused about what was going to happen next.
“The girl is devastated for her mom,” Iraheta, 49, said. “We still don’t know if she will be released. The girl is in bad shape, very sad. We’re waiting for her mom.”
Ay, pobrecita! How cruel and heartless of Trump’s border Gestapo to arrest someone who has children! They are probably taking the mother to a concentration camp. But what about the children? Those poor, poor children, orphaned by Trump!
“Here’s the deal, all right,” an agent says to an English-speaking woman accompanying Angie. “She just went. Her mom got on the bus. We took her mom’s documents, all right. She’s going to be processed, because she doesn’t have papers to be here legally.”
But “because she’s the only caretaker of the child,” the agent continues, “she’ll be released this afternoon. So with [Angie] being a U.S. citizen and being 12 years old … she’s going to be issued a notice to appear, she’ll have to see an immigration judge, she’ll be released this afternoon.”
“Today?” a woman asks.
“Yes, yes,” the officer responds. “But I’m going to tell you something, she’s not going to be deported because she has a United States citizen child.”
Wait . . . what?
Angie wasn’t the only child without a parent in Mississippi on Wednesday, according to local reports. Many children didn’t have a loved one or family friend to go home to. Some walked home from school but were locked out because their parents were detained in the raid.
Volunteers set up a makeshift shelter for the children at a local gym, WJTV’s Alex Love reported. There was food, “but most children are still devastated and crying for their parents and can’t eat,” Love said on Twitter.
Oh, those heartless bastards!
Bryan D. Cox, a spokesman for ICE, told The Post that all arrested individuals were asked “if they had any children who were at school or child care and needed to be picked up.” He said cellphones were also made available to detainees so they could make arrangements for child care. Cox also said schools were contacted as the raids began so they were aware there could be child care issues and knew whom to contact if parents didn’t pick up their kids.
Any detainee who indicates he or she has dependents “and is not being criminally arrested or is subject to mandatory detention, will be expeditiously processed,” Cox said.
Huh? This doesn’t make sense. It sounds like ICE is bending over backward to help the arrestees make arrangements for their kids. That’s not right, they are supposed to be cruel and heartless. What about the headline?
There is a lot to unpack here. The spin placed on this story is comparable to a high-speed centrifuge.
ICE raided a business in Morton, Mississippi. I’m guessing that Morton is a small town because I’ve never heard of it. Nearly 700 illegal aliens were arrested. Sounds to me like Koch Foods (no relation to the Koch Brothers) has a problem with their hiring practices.
But . . but . . . illegal aliens do the jobs that Americans won’t do! There must not be any Americans in Morton who want to be exploited.
Koch Foods is probably just some tiny company, right?
Koch Foods is a food processor and distributor in Park Ridge, Illinois that is listed by Forbes Magazine as number 163 on the list of the largest private companies in the US. As of October 2014, the company had a revenue of $3 billion, and approximately 14,000 employees. The company is owned by Joseph Grendys.
Huh. That sounds like a newsworthy story: Major Corporation Exploits Illegal Immigrants But that story doesn’t fit any narratives, and Narratives über alles. So we get Orange Man Bad! instead.
(I originally planned to write about media spin and picked this story as one example but then I found out it was worth discussing by itself. Now I gotta go DMD.)