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Mainstream Media Sharpens Its ‘Caravan’ Narrative

Tue Oct 23, 2018 AT 4:07 PM EDT

Though the origins of the expanding Honduran caravan advancing on the U.S. border remain somewhat mysterious, broadcasters hostile to President Donald Trump and his administration have already crafted the political narrative as a “humanitarian crisis” and are off on a march of their own. The tone and content of the coverage is so clear and unified that even The Associated Press — which officially sets style and grammar use for most news organizations — was criticized for referring to the caravan participants as “a ragtag army of the poor.”

The AP publicly apologized and purged the story of the description.

Another type of coverage is favored, though. The “Big Three” broadcast networks — NBC, ABC and CBS — have set the pace.

“The networks are offering a heroic portrayal of the caravan of thousands of illegal immigrants heading to the U.S. border from Central America. Anchors and correspondents were particularly thrilled by the group ‘defying’ President Trump’s demand that they turn back, and for being ‘undeterred’ from ‘their mission to get to America,’” writes Kyle Drennen, an analyst for Newsbusters.org, a conservative press watchdog… Read More at The Washington Times

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