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Newsbusters
June 25, 2018

After the liberal media went wild for a photoshopped Time magazine cover depicting President Trump looking down at a crying immigrant girl, it was exposed that the girl was not separated from her family after all. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday to defend his outlet’s deceptive and misleading cover. Meanwhile, host Brian Stelter was worried about right-wing media pouncing on the story.

“As soon as it was revealed through an interview with the child’s father that the family had not been separated there was a really strong right-wing backlash to your cover, including from the Trump administration,” Stelter prefaced. “Did you make a mistake by having this crying girl on the cover?”

Felsenthal looked past the false narrative that he and the rest of the liberal media put around the photo and citied it’s viral nature for their selection of the girl. “Look, I think John Moore’s photo was and will remain an iconic one. We chose the photo because this little girl became the face of this story on front pages and home pages and TV screens and Facebook feeds,” he argued.

“But maybe she shouldn’t have been the face of this story if she wasn’t separated from her mom,” Stelter pushed back.

The Time EiC claimed that the mystery surrounding what happened to the girl was reason enough to allow them to use the fraudulent tale. “Well, you know, as John just said and has said all along, none of us in the media who used the photo knew what had happened to the girl after this precise moment. And I think part of the power of the image is that unknown,” he declared.

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