Time Magazine Backpedals, Issues Surprising Corrigendum In Response To Outcry Against Its Misleading Migrant Girl Story
Time has issued an erratum to correct a controversial cover story about a Honduran migrant girl who the magazine said was taken from her mother by US border patrol agents after it was revealed that the pair were never separated for once.
The cover included an iconic image of a 2-year-old Honduran girl who was photographed crying as her mother was being searched by a immigration enforcement official at the border.
Three-year-old Yanela Denise became the unintentional face of the now defunct family separation crisis after photographer John Moore captured her agonized face screaming as her mother was questioned by agents on June 12.
After the picture was taken, the pair were taken together to a family detention center. Yanela’s father has since told DailyMail.com that they are ‘safe’.
As millions shared Yanela’s photograph on social media and attached to fundraisers for other children who have been separated from their families, Time used it on its cover. The magazine photoshopped an image to place her at the foot of a towering Donald Trump and the words ‘Welcome to America’ appeared next to it.
ln the story, despite Moore having told the magazine that he did not know what became of the girl after he took the picture, the journalist wrote that she had been taken away like the thousands of other children who have been.
But in a sharp twist, Time issued its correction on Friday after US and Honduran officials, along with the girl’s father, confirmed that this was not the case.
The magazine said: ‘The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she (was) taken from the scene. The girl was not carried away screaming by US Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together’.
It continued: ‘The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason: Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents. Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment.’