Sunday, February 19, 2017

The story of mobilizing 100,000 National Guardsmen to deport immigrants not so fake

David A. Graham writing in the Atlantic, analyzes the origin of the story that Trump's spokesman denied (well, sort of). Excerpt:
"Friday morning, the Associated Press dropped a bombshell report: “Trump administration considers mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants,” the new agency’s Twitter account announced.
"The hubbub that followed, as the White House denied the report, is a case study in the strange dance between the press and the Trump administration, and the complicated environment of information asymmetry, and misinformation, that characterizes the current moment in American politics. "And it shows how the Trump administration deflects genuine reporting by caricaturing it, sometimes clumsily, as 'fake news.'. .
". . . the memo was in fact real. The full text was available online within about 90 minutes of the original AP tweet. It is hardly a skimpy document—it’s full of bullet points, legal citations, and footnotes. And it also offered some clarity. . ."
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