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Media Reports Trump Tossing Immigrants from Military. That’s Not The Whole Story.




On Thursday, the Associated Press ran with this stunning headline: “US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits.” Now, you might think from that headline that the U.S. Army was quietly discharging immigrant recruits . . . for the sin of being immigrants. But that’s not true. In paragraph 4 of the article, we learn that some of those discharged were told “they’d been labeled as security risks because they have relatives abroad or because the Defense Department had not completed background checks on them.” Both of which seem like pretty good reasons to discharge potential members of the military.

Only buried some 37 paragraphs into the story do we learn that some 110,000 members of the military have gained citizenship since September 11, 2001 — which means that a few dozen who were booted for unspecified reasons is a rounding error. We also know that there are some 70,000 non-naturalized members of the military.



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  1. Typical Associated Press:
    Lies by omission, lies by distortion, lies by inflammatory headlines and misleading first paragraph text.
    They get away with it because local newspapers re-print the AP crap without checking it, and because so many readers only scan the headline and first few lines of the story before going to the sports, comics and editorial pages.
    I see this problem regularly in THE DAILY HERALD.