Critics ripped Axios on Sunday after the outlet deleted a tweet referring to Border Patrol brokers as “whipping at” Haitian migrants making an attempt to cross from Mexico into the U.S. on the Southern border.
“We deleted a earlier tweet that referred to Border Patrol brokers as whipping at Haitian migrants. The story has been up to date to incorporate feedback from some journalists on the border who didn’t see whipping happen,” Axios tweeted, referring to a weekend story it revealed about Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vowing to rent the brokers seen on horseback in viral photographs that had been taken out of context and resulting in accusations of abuse towards the migrants.
Media fact-checkers were largely silent final week because the false narrative surrounding the photographs, consisting of claims the brokers had been utilizing “whips” to assault the Haitians, continued to be peddled by lots of their very own retailers, in addition to a variety of Democratic lawmakers. The photographer who took the images informed a Texas outlet final week that he by no means noticed brokers utilizing reins as whips.
Critics took to social media to slam Axios, with one declaring that “journalism” was speculated to imply discovering out what really occurred first after which reporting on it, whereas one other accused President Joe Biden and Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of utilizing the “lie” as an excuse to additional open the border to unlawful immigration.
One other critic recommend the “lie” was “too good” for the liberal media to take the time to reality examine, whereas one other referred to Biden’s Friday statement that the brokers who perpetrated the faux incident would “pay.”
Different critics known as Axios’ actions’ with the unique tweet “unacceptable,” whereas one other prompt the outlet was nonetheless attempting to “hedge” between the reality and what their viewers wished to listen to.
Amid the backlash over the false “whipping” claims, the Biden administration additionally confronted intense scrutiny for releasing as many as 12,000 of the Haitian migrants into the U.S. As of Sunday afternoon, 5,000 of the migrants had been nonetheless being processed, that means extra may doubtlessly be launched.
Fox Information’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.