Media Corrections Come Too Late for Publicly Shamed Border Patrol Agents

U.S. Border Patrol officers cut off the way of migrants asylum seekers as they are trying to return to the United States along the Rio Grande River, after having crossed from the U.S. into Mexico to buy food, seen from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico September 19, 2021. (Daniel Becerril/Reuters)

Welcome back to “Forgotten Fact-Checks,” a weekly column produced by National Review’s News Desk. This week, we return to the demonstrably false “whip” story, recap the ghoulish coverage of Gabby Petito’s death, and take aim at more media misses.


A week ago, there was already quite a bit of evidence to suggest that mounted Border Patrol agents were not in fact “whipping” Haitian migrants attempting to illegally cross into the United States. 

There was never any photographic or video proof of such a thing having occurred, and while President Biden, his surrogates, and other top Democrats poured gasoline on the controversy, his

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