And the mainstream media wonders why Americans hate them so much. The media went into a tizzy over a speech Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave to border patrol agents on Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal published an article with these two paragraphs:

In remarks Tuesday to Border Patrol agents at the US-Mexico Border in Nogales, Ariz., Mr. Sessions spoke in stark terms about the threat he said illegal immigration posed.

“We mean international criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into warzones, that rape and kill innocent citizens,” Mr. Sessions said, according to the text of his prepared remarks. “It is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth.”

That’s NOT what he said.

Distortion

But the WSJ left out an extremely important detail from Sessions’ prepared remarks, which the Department of Justice published on its website (emphasis mine):

Here, along our nation’s southwest border, is ground zero in this fight. Here, under the Arizona sun, ranchers work the land to make an honest living, and law-abiding citizens seek to provide for their families.

But it is also here, along this border, that transnational gangs like MS-13 and international cartels flood our country with drugs and leave death and violence in their wake. And it is here that criminal aliens and the coyotes and the document-forgers seek to overthrow our system of lawful immigration.

Let’s stop here for a minute. When we talk about MS-13 and the cartels, what do we mean? We mean criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into warzones, that rape and kill innocent citizens and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders. Depravity and violence are their calling cards, including brutal machete attacks and beheadings.

It is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth.

So when Sessions mentioned filth in his prepared remarks, he specifically meant the criminal organizations that leak into our land.

Question is, why would WSJ do this? Did they look at the prepared remarks? I’m going to say yes because when Sessions delivered his speech, he omitted the word filth as T. Becket Adams at The Washington Examiner pointed out:

Here is what the attorney general told border agents Tuesday:

“[A]long this border … transnational gangs like MS-13 and international cartels flood our country with drugs and leave death and violence in their wake. And it is here that criminal aliens and the coyotes and the document-forgers seek to overthrow our system of lawful immigration,” he said.

Sessions added, “Let’s stop here for a moment. When we talk about MS-13 and the cartels, what do we mean? We mean international criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into war-zones, that rape and kill innocent citizens and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders. Depravity and violence are their calling cards, including brutal machete attacks and beheadings.”

He concluded with this line: “It is here, on this sliver of land, on this border, where we first take our stand.”

Media Reaction

The mainstream media went crazy over this, with top journalists at major outlets tweeting about it.

Thing is, when Mashable’s Chris Taylor, WSJ’s David Enrich, and MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin tweeted about it, they included the remarks that proved Sessions meant criminal organizations!

Retractions

The Washington Post‘s Daniel Drezner issued an apology to Sessions this morning. But of course he started off the article by reminding the readers how much he does not like Sessions.

Unfortunately, that tweet barely received attention unlike his original tweet.

The others have not issued any sort of apology.

The Wall Street Journal did update its article:

“We mean international criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into warzones, that rape and kill innocent civilians,” Mr. Sessions said in his delivered remarks, referring to gangs run by illegal immigrants. “It is here, on this sliver of land, on this border, where we first take our stand.”

The passage had drawn attention because the prepared remarks released by the Justice Department had included the phrase “take our stand against this filth.” But Mr. Sessions deviated from his prepared remarks and didn’t say “filth” as he delivered his speech.