Hardworking Americans of all species are struggling to make ends meet in Joe Biden's economy. Just weeks after the Labor Department reported disappointing job growth during the month of August, the Biden administration ordered Border Patrol agents in Del Rio, Texas, to stop riding horses.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki last week announced the policy change in response to a misinformation campaign orchestrated by American journalists. The hysteria began after several photos emerged of border patrol agents on horseback attempting to secure the U.S. border near Del Rio, where thousands of mostly Haitian migrants have attempted to cross from Mexico.
Several mainstream media outlets advanced the false narrative that the horse-mounted agents were using "whips" to attack the migrants. Psaki was then asked by reporters to respond to the "photos of border agents on horseback using what appear to be whips on Haitian migrants" and agreed that the images were "obviously horrific."
The media's typically diligent fact-checkers were oddly reluctant to weigh in on the matter, but the photographer who took the photos attempted to set the record straight in an interview with a local NBC affiliate. "I've never seen them whip anyone," said the photographer, Paul Ratje, on Sept. 23. "He was swinging it, but it can be misconstrued when you're looking at the picture."
Ratje's comments were not sufficient to dissuade journalists and other Democrats from promoting the false narrative. Biden, for example, vowed to punish the falsely accused border agents. "To see people treated like they did, horses barely running over, people being strapped—it's outrageous," Biden said as he made a whipping motion with his hand. "I promise you, those people will pay."
The news blog Axios on Sunday was forced to correct a story that falsely described the border patrol agents as having "whipped at" migrants while attempting to corral them on horseback. Meanwhile, many journalists continue to express concern about the prevalence of "fake news" on social media websites such as Facebook.
It is not known how long the Border Patrol horses will be out of work, or if the government will provide unemployment assistance. In any event, the Biden economy continues to wreak havoc on American workers, and humans aren't the only ones suffering.