They must have drawn straws in the offices of The New York Times to decide who would write this decidedly non-fake news story that appeared in the paper on Tuesday. After publishing reams of absolute nonsense about how President Trump “backed down” on his threat to apply tariffs to Mexican goods, and then another dump truck’s worth of fake news about how there wasn’t any actual agreement with Mexico in the first place, the Times finally corrected the record on Tuesday. Not only is an agreement in place, they admit, it’s actually working quite well!
How about that!
From The New York Times:
Mexico’s mobilization of its security forces has been halting, and for most of the past two weeks it seemed to fall short of the dramatic show of force that the government had promised.
Still, the deployment has already disrupted the usual flow of people and commerce passing over this historically porous border, and sown fear among migrants and their smugglers alike.
“We don’t know anything, whether this is a definitive change, or just for some time,” said Juan Alberto Aguilar, 27, who was traveling with his wife and their 3-year-old daughter. The family sat dejectedly in the central square of Nentón, a village near the Guatemala-Mexico border, waiting for the van that would take them home.
The deployment plan is part of a deal between the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico and the American government to thwart President Trump’s threats of potentially crippling tariffs.
On Thursday, President Trump praised the Mexican president for his early efforts.
“The flow has very substantially slowed down,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s already had a big impact.”
Oof, that had to hurt.
Now, this being The New York Times, they had to find a way to put a negative spin on the news. So of course you get plenty of sympathy for the salt-of-the-earth Central Americans who ought to, you know, be helicoptered straight to Los Angeles courtesy of the U.S. government. In addition, they close out the piece by finding an “expert” to predict that this is just a temporary thing.
“It’s going to be like when Trump became president, and the rate of migration went down for several months, but then went back up again,” said David Tobasura of the American Friends Service Committee. “This is not going to stop migration. Surely in a few weeks or months, it will go back up. It’ll be the same as it was before.”
If that kind of doomsaying sounds familiar, you’ll recall that the Times and the Washington Post always close out their economy article with the same sort of quote. Fake news isn’t just about making stuff up, it’s also about making predictions that never come true. Never change, you dirty scoundrels.