Monday, June 25, 2018

TIME: The Art of Deception

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The sensibilities of most decent people were shocked when they saw the full page image of 239-pound, 6' 3" President Trump standing over a toddler on the current cover of TIME Magazine.

As the president looked down at her, she was looking up him and crying.

TIME included the words, "Welcome to America."

It is said a picture is worth a thousand words. It's also said you can't tell a book by its cover.

In this case, you already know the storyline of TIME Magazine---It's always pretty much the same.

But the picture made an impact.

And it is a lesson in the art of deception.

The Motto of deception--"Never miss an opportunity."

The picture of a little Honduran toddler sobbing before President Trump on the cover of the latest issue of TIME is a powerful image, but even more so given the deep divide and anger over the sovereignty of our nation and its borders.

When TIME revealed their cover image before the issue was released, dozens of newspapers and magazines around the globe re-published the picture. Reuters News Services reported that the picture created a "swelling tide of outrage that pushed Trump to back down" on his zero tolerance policies.

The cover of TIME went around the world in 80 seconds. Social media exploded.

Thousands of tales were spun of how the little girl was "ripped from her mother's arms" by US agents.

So-called progressives and globalists rejoiced in a thousand ways over the picture and its message.

And TIME is selling lots of magazines.

However, by last Friday, TIME Magazine was also issuing a major correction.

The Honduran toddler's name is Yanela Denise and she was never separated from her mother. Clearly, the cover image of TIME is edited and most of us knew the picture was photoshopped.

TIME said Friday: "The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she was taken from the scene." The correction says, "The girl was not carried away screaming by US Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together."

There's more that TIME didn't bother to tell you.

The girl's father, Varela, says that her mother, Sandra Sanchez, and the child were detained together trying to cross the border at McAllen, Texas where the mother was asking for asylum. They were never separated. Varela says he was "awestruck" and "pained" when "he first saw the photo of his crying daughter on TV."

"Seeing what was happening to her in that moment breaks anyone's heart," he said.

The mother, Sandra, and Yanela had left Puerto Cortes, a major Honduran port north of Tegucigalpa, without telling Valera or the couple's three other children.

He said, "I am waiting to see what happens to them."

One of the border agents has since told CBS News that Yanela was crying not from fear, but due to thirst, and lack of sleep."

So the toddler was, in fact, separated from her father, but not by our border officials. And she was crying, but not from fear---from hunger and thirst imposed upon her by her mother's decisions.

The motive of deception.

So the picture was photoshopped and the story, for the most part, fabricated. But TIME got what they wanted. They are selling copies and driving a narrative that advances their own globalist worldview and their hate for Trump.

On June 12, filmmaker and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas shared a photo that also went viral on the internet, and was published and broadcast by a number of news organizations.

You've probably seen the photo. It's an image of a little boy in a cage crying and sobbing, wanting to get out.

Vargas wrote under the photo, "This is what happens when a government believes people are 'illegal.' Kids in cages."

However, the photo was not taken at a detention facility. The boy is not a detainee. The photo was actually taken on June 10 during a protest in Dallas, TX. of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

Leroy Pena, head of the Brown Berets' in Dallas-Fort Worth, says the little boy was... "taking part in a protest. He got confused on how to get out [of the cage] and cried when he saw his mother. He was only in there about 30 seconds."

Sure, Leroy. We understand.

He said he was frustrated the photo was taken out of context, "but was glad it helped to start a discussion."

He said, "Trump's supporters are mad at this simulation, but not mad at Trump for actually throwing children into dog kennels."

Leroy has obviously recovered from his frustration about his photo. He's already forgotten it was he and his comrades who put the child in the dog kennel.

Facts are not important to people who believe the "end justifies the means."

And facts are not important to folks who raise lots of money from these kinds of events.

Hillary raised more than $1 million last week to help her resist the people who are enforcing these immigration policies that "put children in cages."

And a Facebook fundraising page showing the photo of the child in the cage had raised over $18 million as of Friday.

Washington State's Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal told MSNBC over the weekend the Republicans and their president "don't want a solution to immigration issues"...they simply want to "drum up the racism and hatred."

She said, "They create these crises, with children being kept in cages" because they think "all immigrants are criminals."

The art of Christian response.

Friday night, Press Secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders went out for dinner with a number of family members. They went to the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia.

When the owner of the Red Hen discovered who she was, Sarah and her family were asked to leave.

This is the second time this week that has happened to a member of the administration. Last Thursday evening Homeland Security Sec. Kristjen Nielsen was confronted in a DC restaurant, with shouting and heckling protestors causing her to be forced to leave with her personal security person.

A server at the Red Hen posted this on Tweeter: "@PressSec got kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, VA tonight. Apparently, the owner didn't want to serve her and her party out of moral conviction."

Rep. Maxine Waters told MSNBC Saturday that the way Sarah Huckabee Sanders was treated is "a new reality in America." And she said it's going to get worse.

Waters said, "I have no sympathy for these people in this administration who know it's wrong for what they're doing on so many fronts...People are going to turn on them. They're going to protest them. They won't be able to stop at a gas station, they're not going to be able to shop at a department store, they're not going to be able to eat at a restaurant ---people will turn on them."

She may be right. One of many deceptions of the Left is that while claiming to care for the kids, they use them to advance their agenda---even fraudulently so.

Although they carry the banner of tolerance and diversity, they attack those who disagree with them.

How should Christians and conservatives respond?

First, we must stand firmly for the Judeo-Christian values upon which this country was founded. We must not be silenced.

Secondly, read Sarah's response.

The art of Christian grace.

Sarah posted this:
Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA. to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say for more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Bold. Be Faithful.