Over the weekend, CNN began posting a particular photo of an illegal alien rushing her children away from the gas used by the U.S Border Patrol to stop the migrant invaders from breaking through our border wall. But now some wonder if the photo was staged.
Here is the photo as used by CNN in its November 25 photo essay of the unrest on the border:
But, others noted that the photo was cropped in a certain way to exclude certain features that can be seen in the background.
The chairman of the DC Chronicle, Michael Moates, for instance, tweeted out a wider view of the same image showing some interesting things in the background.
If you look in that background area you can see two cameramen taking images of the invaders attempting to illegally break through our border wall. Both seem to be posing people for better shots.
To the left, a cameraman in a teal shirt and cargo shorts seems to be posing a group of three young men to make it look as if they are urgently fleeing the gas.
A second cameraman is seen to the far right with his camera on a tripod. In front of him is a group of about 12 illegals gathered in front of his lens. And another illegal is seen not running away from the border fence but running right toward the cameraman.
Both cameramen seem to be posing these illegal aliens so that they can get better “action shots” of the people supposedly fleeing the gas shot at them by U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Additionally, the larger photo shows that the smoke that seems more prominent in the cropped photo is actually just a small wisp in the un-cropped photo.
But you have to ask yourself this: if the gas was so bad, why were the cameramen standing there so calmly posing people?
Further, you also have to wonder if the cameraman who took the main photo was posing the woman and her children just like the other cameramen in the background were?
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