MSNBC found themselves guilty of accidental journalism Friday when their reporter on the scene at Martha’s Vineyard revealed the distinct difference in sentiment between illegal immigrants getting transported around the country and the activists working to advance the progressive narrative.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ upped the ante in the effort to draw attention to the crisis at the southern border earlier this week when 50 illegal immigrants were flown to the self-proclaimed “sanctuary” island, Martha’s Vineyard. As evidenced by the swift removal of the illegals at the behest of locals calling the situation a “humanitarian crisis,” the expensive vacation destination was only meant to be a sanctuary for the wealthy and the migrants who had been relocated were pleased to have been “brought to paradise.”
Telemundo’s Cristina Londoño reported as much on MSNBC Friday when she told José Díaz-Balart about how the illegals felt compared to activists who had been circulating to corporate media on their behalf.
“Most of them didn’t know Martha’s Vineyard existed when they were brought her,” she began. “Some thought they had just landed in New York or somewhere. They didn’t know this was an island.”
“And they left here a few minutes ago, they’re moved to Cape Cod to the joint base in Cape Cod with new clothes, new cell phones, having talked to lawyers for the first time and saying they were actually brought to paradise,” the reporter stated.
Clips of interviews were then run with, in at least one case, Londoño appearing to lead an illegal toward responding negatively to being transported, but only receiving positive feedback from the unidentified man who stated in part, “Instead of hurting us, they did us a favor, so I’m not complaining.”
She then continued with an effort to balance the overwhelming positivity from the illegals with the standard progressive spin, adding, “On that plane, some of them were promised that they would get jobs, they were going to get housing on the plane that brought them here to Martha’s Vineyard. So, there’s activists here, José, that are saying that these people were victims of human trafficking. They want an investigation from the Justice Department onto what governor DeSantis is doing, what Gov. Greg Abbott is doing, because they’re saying that these people are being abused and used to bring a border crisis deeper into the country.”
Commentator Stephen L. Miller summed up the exchange on social media where he offered a sample conversation where an illegal immigrant tells it like it is to a liberal explaining to them how they ought to feel.
“You’ve been kidnapped.”
“No I haven’t. This is great. Thank you Ron DeSantis.”
“No you don’t understand, you’ve been smuggled.”
“Ma’am, I’ve been smuggled before. This wasn’t it.”
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 16, 2022
What has yet to be explained as gratitude expressed toward DeSantis is how the governor came to be responsible for this particular group of immigrants to begin with. CNN’s Erin Burnett reported Friday on “OutFront” that a look at the flight manifests showed the origin of the two flights to be in Texas before a stop in Florida and the Carolinas before ultimately arriving at Martha’s Vineyard.
“So, let me just show you what we know. The migrants involved with these first two flights to Martha’s Vineyard had crossed the United States border into Texas, and that is where DeSantis’ two private planes picked them up,” Burnett explained. “So then, they were first flown to Florida. It was a quick stop there, we understand from the manifest. And then, one plane stopped in North Carolina, the other in South Carolina. And finally, both went on to Martha’s Vineyard.”
According to the Houston Chronicle, there was no coordination between DeSantis and Abbott on this transport of illegals, but neither governor has offered further explanation on this point as of yet. What is known, as Londoño pointed out is the illegals, “are not angry at Ron DeSantis, they are actually thanking him for having brought them to Martha’s Vineyard, where they were very well received.”
Of course, she had to take one more shot at spinning the story to a negative when she added, “But other people, well, they’re saying they’re being used as political pawns, they don’t resent it for now and they know they’re the lucky ones”
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