People are saying that the cover photo on the latest issue of Time magazine (July 2) is an example of fake journalism. It shows a 2-year-old Honduran girl crying at our southern border as her mother, an illegal immigrant, was being patted down by a border patrol officer while President Donald Trump stood tall looking down on the little girl. This wording accompanied the photo: “Welcome to America.”
It later was learned that the girl was not separated from her mother.
On Page 4 of the Time magazine, here is what Time wrote: “Behind the Cover: The photo-illustration on this week’s cover is based on an image that quickly became a symbol of the human cost of the Trump Administration’s immigration-policy crackdown: John Moore’s photograph of a 2-year-old Honduran girl crying as a U.S. border patrol agent pats down her mother. ‘All I wanted to do was pick her up,’ the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, who has covered the border for many years, told Time. For more, visit time.com/cover-photo.”
The picture of President Trump was superimposed on the photo with the girl for effect. That was not explained by Time. It should have been.
In a sense, it was a fake photo, or “doctored” photo. Time’s explanation was inadequate and that’s what hurts journalism in general.
Computers make it easy to “doctor” photos. If a photo is doctored, readers should be told.
Is Time biased against Trump? It does seem to be!