On Saturday, dozens of media outlets reported that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested an illegal alien who was taking his wife to the hospital to deliver their baby — but they conveniently left out one key detail: the man was a wanted murder suspect.
Agents arrested murder suspect Joel Arrona-Lara when he stopped to get gas while taking his wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas, to the hospital so she could give birth.
Many media outlets ran with misleading headlines that conveyed a sense of brutality and inhumanity as the political Left is currently trying to demonize ICE. Many publications didn’t even include the fact Arrona-Lara was a homicide suspect in their reports.
Here are some of the headlines featured by the media:
The Washington Post: “ICE arrested a man driving his pregnant wife to give birth. She drove herself to the hospital.”
The Sacramento Bee: “They were on their way to the hospital to have a baby when ICE took him away”
CBS News: “ICE detains man driving pregnant wife to hospital to deliver baby”
TIME: “ICE Agents Detained a Man Driving His Pregnant Wife to the Hospital”
Slate: “ICE Officers Arrest Man Who Was Driving Pregnant Wife to Hospital for C-Section”
NY Mag: “ICE Arrests Husband Who Was Taking Wife to Give Birth at Hospital”
Newsweek: “Ice Agents, Part Of Trump Crackdown, Detain Husband Driving Pregnant Wife To Deliver Baby”
One of the only media outlets to report that Arrona-Lara was a murder suspect in the title and in the report was NBC News, which reported that ICE specifically noted that Arrona-Lara was arrested because of an “outstanding warrant issued for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges.”
The timing of the media’s latest deception to demonize the Trump administration for political gain comes just two days after more than 350 newspapers wrote op-eds bemoaning President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media for inaccurately covering news stories and for sometimes reporting blatantly false information.