A story that has been lost in the fast-paced news cycle is growing more bizarre by the day.
On April 7, the Western world learned of a horrendous tragedy in the city of Douma, Syria, just outside of Damascus. An alleged chemical attack, which occurred mere days after President Donald J. Trump ordered American troops out of Syria, was immediately and unquestioningly blamed by our non-curious media on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
Assad denied the attacks, and those who dared to question the official narrative were ridiculed as Russian stooges, in reference to the alliance between Syria and Russia.
But nearly three weeks later, there is still no evidence that a chemical attack ever happened in Douma. In fact, the evidence shows the opposite.
Both the Syrian and Russian governments have openly invited outsiders to visit the location of the supposed attacks, which they have en masse.
Reporters from CBS, CNN, AFP and one veteran Middle East independent reporters have filed reports of their observations and their interviews with residents of Douma. All reporters have said that they had unrestrained access, and everyone whom they interviewed has said that no chemical attack occurred.
One report in particular, from One America News Network’s Pearson Sharp, stands out among the rest. Sharp was at the site of the attacks in Douma days after it occurred, and was not able to confirm that the Assad regime was behind the atrocity.
“I spoke with about 10 residents in that neighborhood [where the attack happened], and not one of the people that I spoke to in that neighborhood said that they had seen anything or heard anything about a chemical attack on that day,” Sharp said. “They said they were going about their normal business. Everything was pretty much business as usual.”
Pearson also visited the hospital where the alleged victims were treated.
“When I asked [the doctors at the hospital] what they thought the chemical attack was, they told me –all of them told me– that it was staged by the rebels who are occupying the town at the time,” Sharp said. “They said it was a fabrication and a hoax an when I asked them why, they told me it was because the rebels were desperate, and they needed a ploy to get the Syrian army off their backs so they could escape.”
The residents of the town say the attack did not happen. The doctors at the hospital blamed the attack on Syrian rebels, not Assad. Either way the mainstream media appears to be caught in yet another lie.
The alleged chemical attacks were used to justify U.S. and allied military strikes on three suspected chemical weapons production sites in Syria on April 14.
Inspectors from the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) made a second visit to Douma on April 25 to collect additional samples for testing. The samples will be brought back to the OPCW laboratories in Europe.
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New Gallup Poll Shows Immigration Tops Most Important Problem List
When Americans were asked what they feel is the most important problem facing the nation, immigration topped the list for just the second time in Gallup’s history. The top issue each month since January of 2017 has been the government, but immigration has just replaced its position according to a new Gallup poll.
When asked the same question in June, immigration ranked at 14% when Gallup asked Americans what’s the “most important problem” the nation faces. It jumped from 14% to 22% from June to July 2018.
Each month, Gallup asks the same question and the answer of immigration has always averaged 5% over the 17 years Gallup has included it in their polls. So why the sudden jump from 14% to 22%?
The past several weeks social media and news outlets alike have focused on the issue of separating families at the border with President Trump’s stance on immigration and his modified policy that would keep families detained together (if detainment must occur) continuing to be a hot button issue.
Just last month, TIME ran the cover story, “A Reckoning After Trump’s Border Separation Policy: What Kind of Country Are We,” with the cover photo that was proven to be fake news. The cover showed a 2-year-old little girl crying while President Trump towers above her looking on as she wails. The cover read simply “Welcome to America.” The claim made by Time was that the little girl had been separated from her family at the border, but Yanela, daughter to Sandra Sanchez had never been separated from her mother at all. Sanchez and her daughter were arrested by Border Patrol agents under the zero tolerance policy that criminally charges anyone attempting to cross the border illegally, but at no point were they separated.
Every week immigration has remained in the news cycle, and continues to be an issue that is important to Americans. The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that The National Guard’s deployment to the southwest border in mid-April has led to 10,805 “deportable alien arrests” of people who entered into the United States from Mexico illegally. The National Guard has also intercepted more than 3,300 others who were turned back at the border before crossing into the U.S., and have seized 11,686 pounds of marijuana.
In April of 2006, immigration reached 19% when Congress was working on passing a comprehensive immigration bill. During this time period, immigration protests popped up all across America and saturated the news cycle. The last spike, according to Gallup of immigration as the top problem was in 2014 when the news focused its attention on a large number of immigrants who were attempting to enter the U.S. from Central America.
The issue of immigration is important to Americans, but for starkly different reasons. Republicans are more concerned about potential crime, impacts on the nation’s economy, and jobs being taken away from native-born families. Democrats, in contrast, support a path to citizenship for the undocumented, but more over, they know that they need all the help they can get at the polls, with Trump’s base stronger than ever heading into the Midterms.
The Gallup poll is based on telephone interviews conducted July 1-11 with a random sample of 1,033 adults in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points and a 95 percent confidence level.
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