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Exploiting The Tragic Death of An Immigrant Child


Learn this name, and remember it:


Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin


Her name needs to be known, and her name needs to be remembered. Why? Because her name embodies fierce representation.


Her name represents the desperation of thousands fleeing war-torn countries in hopes of a better life.


Her name represents influence, discovery, creativity, life, and motherhood that, for her, has forever fallen silent.


And yet despite the weight of this grief, the media disgustingly capitalizes off of this tragedy to advance their own agenda by continuing to undermine border patrol and President Trump. Trump-supporters and never-trumpers alike should find great disgust with the media's childish behavior and poor journalistic form.


This is exploitation. Jakelin represents a voice that will never be heard and the sorrow felt by a father who was daringly trying to provide his daughter with a safe, secure, and advantageous future– a future that she deserved.


Quick summary of the story: Jakelin traveled to the US from Guatemala with her father and approximately 160 others. After crossing into the US illegally they turned themselves in to border patrol and were subsequently arrested. Jakelin's father signed a form verifying to border patrol agents that Jakelin was healthy and had been properly nourished. 8 hours later Jakelin started seizing. Border patrol immediately took action and flew her to a hospital. When she arrived she was not breathing but was soon revived. Shortly thereafter she succumbed to dehydration.


Here are four ways the media has exploited this tragedy in a swinely manner:


1. Sacrifice the sorrow on the alter of ratings


A child is dead.


Read it again: A CHILD IS DEAD.


Yet this doesn't stop the media from participating in their most gratifying fetish:


Attacking President Trump. The media knows their audience and they know their audience doesn't like Trump. So, why not give their audience what they want? If honesty is already out the window then why not stir the pot of iniquitous narratives more? More views means more money.


One of the most common methods of attacking a politician is to attack their policies, and instead of explaining the political disadvantages of the policy, the media will twist the policy to push a moral or immoral argument.


Side note: If you use dishonesty to advance a moral argument...you're already failing. If you're being dishonest, then your argument is not sound. Also, dishonesty is immoral and thus the irony of your argument is fascinating, sadly.


2. Use it as a platform to attack someone else - even though they're not a fault


The media doesn't care about immigration. They care about attacking President Trump and border patrol. Trump's immigration policies mirror the policies of democratic presidents Barrack Obama and Bill Clinton, but the media was suspiciously silent during those days.


So who's fault is it? Well, perhaps nobody is at fault. Border patrol literally life-flighted the girl to a hospital for medical attention. That's a big deal. The fact that she died of dehydration proves that it was nothing within the eight hours of her detainment that killed her. Dying of dehydration means that your organs have failed due to a long cycle of dehydration. Her death was tragic but it was inevitable. Her chances of survival were far worse had border patrol not intervened. Her death was not their fault.


The argument could be made that the father wasn't fulfilling his parental duties in taking care of his daughter but I'm not ready to make that argument just yet. He was fulfilling his duties to protect his daughter by taking her away from Guatemala. He didn't exactly have great options. I can't blame him.


3. Twist the narrative to tell your own story


Consider the following headlines:


“7-yr-old Immigrant Girl Dies After Being Arrested by Border Patrol Agents”


“Border Patrol Life-flights Young Immigrant Girl to Hospital Where She Eventually Dies”


Both statements are true. But one pushes a narrative. As I mentioned earlier, the media obviously doesn't like Trump (and he's not much a fan of them either) and thus any way they can make him look bad they'll take. It's sad. Six out of ten people who engages stories only read the headlines. Headlines are fundamental to public narrative and the media knows that. It's sad. It's actually kind of gross how they utilize this leverage to manipulate peoples' minds.


4. Speak truth, but make sure to be dishonest


I read this story a handful of times and yet it wasn't until multiple paragraphs down that the facts of the story even came out. Most people only read headlines, and of those who read the story, many develop their position based on the first few paragraphs. The media know this, too. So while the information in their articles are often true, they're orchestrated to be unseen by the masses. Truth is often a perfect means of dishonesty. The pagination of facts, or strategic spins will secure the "truth" component to the writer while also ensuring their audience is deceived.


Friends, this story is sad.

Don't twist the story.

Don't blame the wrong people.

Don't push a narrative at the expense of facts.

Take time to grieve and pray for the family of sweet Jakelin.


JWR

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