Its no secret that Drudge Report uses scare tactics in their headlines to energize the right wing nut-job base. However, this one today pretty much takes the cake in a thinly sourced headline meant to inflame the media against Obama by citing a report that dead children are floating across the Rio Grande.
You read that right, “Dead Children Wash Up on Banks of Rio Grande.” So where did this story come from? It came from the website GatewayPundit.
That’s right: according to Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft, “Small, Lifeless Dead Children Found Washed Up Along Riverbank of Rio Grande.” Well, where did Jim Hoft get this story from? He got it from a story by Fox News writer Jana Winter who’s headline read:
Yes, you read that correctly. “Endless wave of illegal immigrants floods Rio Grande Valley.” No mention of dead children washing up on the Rio Grande. No screaming headline of bodies floating by either. Instead we get her report on wave after wave of immigrants flooding into the United States. So where do the dead bodies of children come into the story? According to Jim Hoft, she buried the lede. So where is the lede? Well it is pretty much in the lower portion of the article where she claims this:
The life jackets helped many make it across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, the Mexican city across the water from Mission, just west of McAllen. Sources say they come over on rafts ferried by the so-called “coyotes,” the human smugglers whose means of transport are rendered useless whenever discovered by the Border Patrol. Many don’t make it across the river; multiple sources became emotional when recounting their discoveries of small, lifeless bodies washed up along the riverbank.
So in all this headline scaring bluster all we get are anonymous multiple unnamed and unaccredited sources?
Here we go again. We have another case of fear mongering in the right wing nut-job sphere where millions will read that they heard dead children’s bodies are floating in the river, and all attributed to unnamed sources with no actual pictures or evidence or any real valid sources of dead children floating by the Rio Grande.
So who is Jim Hoft and Gateway Pundit you might ask? According to their about page:
Not everyone appreciates our success.
Jim Hoft is active in the Tea Party and was the associate producer of Hating Breitbart. He has a devotion to growing democracy and freedom movements everywhere, from inside Iran to the darkest corridors of the U.S. Capitol. His passion is liberty. His dedication is to a free America.
Oh, I guess that explains it. More Tea Party fear mongering and fakery with headlines like Muslim Prayer Rugs found along the border, which turned out to be a sports t-shirt instead. Yes, chalk it up to more loony bin talking points from the extremist right wing, backed up in part by Matt Drudge who again fails to get it right. Oh the days of breaking Monica Lewinsky stories are so long ago in a land far, far away. Poor Drudge, he just can’t seem to get it right these days.