You might have heard about this one as it was screamed from the rafters by Democrats, their base, CAIR, and the Credentialed News
(Washington Examiner) Reporters are at it again – and again, and again and again.
The latest spun-up, anti-President Trump story involves Ibtihaj Muhammad, a New Jersey native who made headlines last year when she became the first female Muslim-American to win an Olympic medal for the United States.
Muhammad, a lifelong American citizen, claimed in an interview Tuesday that she was detained “just a few weeks ago” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. She said she was held for a few hours without explanation.
Of course, the Media Industrial Complex didn’t report it that way. They simply ran with a soundbite from an interview in Popsugar, such as at this article on NJ.com (I hang out there a lot and converse under the name DevilUKnow. Been doing it since 2003 under different names. Used to have the best forums, till the formats were changed). The Examiner article by T. Becket Adams notes all the breatheless reporting by the media.Of course, none of the breathless articles, most of which attempted to link and/or Blame Trump, discussed the so-called “Muslim ban”, and yammered about Islamophobia, asked any basic journalistic questions
I’m wondering if any “news” outlet, such as this one, has asked her to provide proof of the allegation. You can bet if a Republican was making some sort of claim, the media would dig dig dig.
Myself and others asked. Well, days later, guess what?
The problem with this particular news cycle, however, is that the alleged detaining occurred in December, before Trump had even been sworn in as America’s 45th president.
Muhammad clarified several days after her Feb. 7 interview that she meant December 2016 when she said, “just a few weeks ago.”
She even tweeted that it occurred in December 2016, as is screen-captured in the Examiner article. Huh, Adams continues
First, it’s mind-boggling that no one thought to ask her for the exact date on which she was reportedly detained. It’s a basic duty of journalism to get the who, what, where, when, why and how to every story. That no one thought to pursue the “when” is astounding.
Secondly, Muhammad isn’t blameless in all of this. A less-than-charitable person would suspect her of being purposefully vague and imprecise. She was asked a simple “yes or no” question about the president’s immigration order. Instead of giving a simple answer, she provided an anecdote involving the very misleading use of “just a few weeks ago.”
And the media wonders why their credibility is low.