Media imply Trump to blame for Olympian’s detention; Obama did it

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Backlash against media’s falsehood on the detained Olympian was predictable. (Via Twitter)

In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s travel ban applying to a small number of Muslim majority countries, an Olympian stepped forward to share her tale of detention at a US airport.

Ibtihaj Muhammad, an avid devotee of the patriarchal hijab for Muslim women, gave media the impression she might have been detained because of Trump’s ban.

Turns out she either had a memory lapse or she deliberately falsified information. Media didn’t bother to ask questions although they certainly should have. 

As T. Becket Adams explained in an article at The Washington Examiner, amid hysteria over Trump’s ban, Muhammad told reporters she had been detained “just a few weeks ago.”

“A few”?

Try December, 2016. As in while President Barack Obama was still in office.

Muhammad, who won a medal for fencing, finally ‘fessed up to the actual date on Twitter on Feb. 11. Virtually no media have corrected their fake news and fingered the right president. Backlash on social media was deserved and not unexpected.

Adams does a great job of picking media’s falsehood apart in his article.

Needless to say, I have little trust in national branded media these days. Fake news seems to be the standard.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Feb. 14, 2017)

About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.

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