Conservative pundits are already firing up the racial panic machine once again over a supposed new migrant caravan from Honduras. Their desperation to draw focus away from the government shutdown and Trump’s plummeting approval rating is driving Fox News reporters to spend time in Guatemala yelling at random passers-by.
Fox News is now just yelling at pedestrians and calling them the caravan pic.twitter.com/Jy6CsJlMvj— Madeline Peltz (@peltzmadeline) January 16, 2019
“As we can see, some more, it looks like very young men here,” the reporter says before yelling at two Latino individuals walking down the street for their ages. “He looks to be about 16 or 17, most of them carrying only one sack, and strangely enough, a lot of the young men I’ve talked to had absolutely no money in their pockets for what could be a month-long trip.”
Teens? Carrying backpacks? Outside? With no money? If that were happening in America, you might call it “average kids walking home from school.”
It makes you wonder, if Fox News wants to report on the caravan, why don’t they send reporters to where the caravan is? It seems more like they’re just assuming that every young person of color walking around is heading to join the caravan and reporting on it like it’s the truth. Perhaps this reporter really has been talking to other people who said they were on their way to join the caravan, but Fox News doesn’t exactly have a reputation for accurate reporting. Or being good at reporting.
That seems to be the sentiment among many Twitter users, anyway.
We are improving exports under Trump! Now we’ve exported racism.— Kyra Watkin (@KyraWatkin) January 17, 2019
If I was a teenager walking along a remote road and some old guy on camera started asking me on my age and do I have any money on me, yah, I think suddenly I wouldn’t be carrying any money either. Amazing that everyone he talked to didn’t have money on them!— Jennifer Haake (@JennieHaake) January 17, 2019
omg, and it's not a new thing ... look at this migrant caravan in Rio 2016 /s 🤔🤔🤔— nadine fiddler (@rem_in) January 17, 2019
(pfft, as if racewalking is an actual Olympic sport, get Fox onto this) pic.twitter.com/Qa8ieFrzZY
He would freak if people were walking south. "OMG, a reverse caravan! They're coming at us by walking around the entire globe through Canada!"— lou fisk walsh (@loufiskwalsh) January 17, 2019
When I got a messenger bag, people thought I was promoted to Captain of MS 13. I never confirmed or denied it, but, it is on my LinkedIn profile.— Mical (@the_mical) January 17, 2019
Rounding error— Deep State Space Force Commander🚀 (@FPGarvin) January 17, 2019
I think he's been green screened into the picture.— Kevin (@Kbkibbe) January 17, 2019
He did say that. #CreepyGeezerOnSideOfRoad— Jeremiah Whitehead (@dbzfan4awhile) January 17, 2019
All pedestrians in Guatemala rn pic.twitter.com/dhHrHtG5Cm— WizKiflezgi (@WizKiflezgi) January 17, 2019
"Hello generic fear mongering news anchor. I am currently in another country yelling at teenagers who despite the lack of any evidence whatsoever, are very clearly en route to attempt to enter MY country. That's all for now. Back to you, Dipschitz."— SinkFla (@SinkFla) January 17, 2019
Is he going around asking pedestrians if they have any money on them? They must think he's panhandling for a decent shirt.— Philosopher Goddess (@philosogoddess) January 17, 2019
Can we trade the guy with the mic for the two dudes walking? They look like they'd do more for this country.— Philosopher Goddess (@philosogoddess) January 17, 2019
Pretty sure they are just migrating home from 6th period math— petty labelle (@OMGitsCMoody) January 17, 2019
I can go film people out here in boca Raton amd say one of these kids look like they are going to shoot up a school. Oh I mean them about to snort cocaine— Aldo aguilar (@Aldoaguilar561) January 17, 2019
*Each person in this video represents 1,000 people.— Joshua Magnuson (@j_magnuson) January 16, 2019
Driving into work today in Tampa apparently I saw several caravans.— Uncle Rufus (@Unclerufus1950) January 17, 2019
Fox in a nutshell pic.twitter.com/wxTfSJJtbt— Carpe Craig-em (@semirealcraig) January 17, 2019
They’ll get a grand caravan and say “ITS GRAND NOW THE THREAT IS REAL!”— Austin (@WritingMyLife91) January 17, 2019
I at least expected a few to trample on the people ahead of them to get an advantage, but they’re all just using the ample space around them.— JJ (@Musk_Oxen) January 17, 2019
“Strangely enough, a lot of the young men that I talked to had absolutely no money in their pockets”— Melanie Schmitz (@MelsLien) January 17, 2019
Fox News discovers poor people https://t.co/QjtmdPXdF6
With all due credit to the comedy shows trying to make intentional news comedy, you’ll never be as funny as Fox News is unintentionally. https://t.co/bNF91YKicS— Steve Patterson (@patterballs) January 17, 2019
News outlets have reported on this new, 2000-person caravan since late last October, but they’ve only barely made it out of Honduras. The original caravan has largely vanished from headlines, and it’s safe to say that they haven’t “invaded” the U.S. and are not running through the South murdering white people. But what would Fox News even do if they didn’t use absurd racism to distract from what a terrible job Trump is doing?