CBS, nearly a decade ago, did a segment on Tim Ballard, now film on child trafficking ‘is QAnon’

If you listen to the mainstream media, “The Sound of Freedom,” a film about the horrors of child sex trafficking, is nothing more than a paranoid, far-right, “QAnon-adjacent” conspiracy theory — a “fantasy” dreamt up by transphobic extremists and starring a cast of “bigots.”

The movie, which decimated Disney’s “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” over the Fourth of July weekend, is based on the true life story of Tim Ballard, a former DHS agent — played by actor Jim Caviezel — who dedicates his life to rescuing children from the clutches of pedophiles who would enslave them.

Since its surprise success at the box office, the media has been working overtime to smear and discredit everyone attached to its production.

“‘Sound of Freedom’ Is an Anti-Child Trafficking Fantasy Fit for QAnon,” screamed Jezebel’s headline.

“[R]eally, how distant can Ballard (and by extension his organization) be from QAnon when the guy who’s playing him, with whom he’s been promoting Sound of Freedom, has been using the press opportunity to peddle QAnon theories about adrenochrome and organ harvesting?” asked critic Rich Juzwiak for the outlet.

But this wasn’t always the view the mainstream media had of Tim Ballard.

In 2014, CBS Evening News featured Ballard and his group, Operation Underground Railroad, in a story that praised him for his work in helping police to break up “a major sex-trafficking ring in Colombia, which has become a destination for tourists looking for sex with boys and girls.”

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“Operation Underground Railroad spent months planning — renting a house, rigging it with hidden cameras to document the crime, coordinating with Colombian authorities and negotiating with the traffickers,” CBS reported at the time.

“Less than 24 hours after the operatives landed, the suspected traffickers arrived on the island and the final deal with the undercover team began,” Elaine Quijano wrote. “Fifty-four boys and girls, aged 11 to 18, were ushered in for what had been billed as a sex party. They were given candy and drinks and told to wait in a small room.”

Quijano continued:

“This little 11-year-old boy, I remember, he asked… one of my operatives for some cocaine,” Ballard recalls with tears in his eyes. “He said, ‘They usually give me something because I’m really scared. To kind of numb myself.'”

By the time the deal was done, the alleged traffickers were set to make $25,000.

That transaction was never completed.

Twenty-five Colombian special operatives stormed the party, arresting five suspects — four men and one former beauty queen — all charged with child trafficking.


“Liberation,” Quijano concluded, “one child at a time.”

Curiously, there were no attacks on Ballard’s character in the segment, no attempts to connect him to what the liberal media assured us was a radical group of domestic terrorists.

For his efforts to take down child sex rings, Ballard and Operation Underground Railroad, were presented in a much-deserved heroic light. Evidently, back in the old-timey teen years of the 21st century, the media still considered child trafficking a clear and present danger to our youth.

Which, on Twitter, begs the question: What’s changed?

“In 2014 CBS did a segment applauding Sound of Freedom ’s Tim Ballard’s work against child trafficking,” tweeted Melissa Tate. “Almost 10 years later the same media is calling the film inspired by his work, ‘paranoid’ ‘Qanon conspiracy.’ Why?”

For many, the answer is obvious.

“For the same reason they won’t release the Epstein Client List,” replied one user. “They are pedophiles.”

“Because of the many times Jim Caviezel has talked about adrenochrome and $70,000 barrels of children. Their dirty secrets, dirtier than pedophile sex and child porn, are being exposed,” said another. “In other words, what WASN’T in the movie.”

“Very telling,” tweeted “Licensed to Lie” author, attorney Sidney Powell, “and a very sick revelation of the state of this country.”


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