Fake News strikes again. Multiple mainstream outlets reported that Ibtihaj Muhammad, the female Muslim Olympian who came to prominence for her left-wing politics and anti-Trump rhetoric, was detained by customs during a recent trip because of the current president's executive orders on immigration. The catch is that she was detained while Barack Obama was still in office.
In an interview with PopSugar's Lindsay Milleron on February 7, the New Jersey native said she was detained without explanation "just a few weeks ago" by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. The Washington Examiner provides a transcript:
Popsugar: Do you know anyone who was directly impacted by Trump's travel ban?
Ibtihaj Muhammad: Well, I personally was held at Customs for two hours just a few weeks ago. I don't know why. I can't tell you why it happened to me, but I know that I'm Muslim. I have an Arabic name. And even though I represent Team USA and I have that Olympic hardware, it doesn't change how you look and how people perceive you.
Unfortunately, I know that people talk about this having a lot to do with these seven countries in particular, but I think the net is cast a little bit wider than we know. And I'm included in that as a Muslim woman who wears a hijab.
If only Muhammad didn't later admit in a February 11 tweet that the incident in question occurred in December:
The Examiner parsed examples of how mainstream outlets reported the Muhammad incident:
"Olympic athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad was detained because of President Trump's travel ban," read a headline published by Time magazine's Motto.
The U.K.'s Independent went with a story titled, "US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad says she was detained by customs after Donald Trump's 'Muslim ban.'
"U.S. Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad being detained illustrates why Trump's Muslim ban is not who we are as Americans," read the headline to an article published by the New York Daily News.
The Hill published an article whose opening paragraph read, "A Muslim-American Olympic medalist says she was detained by Customs for nearly two hours without explanation after President Trump's travel ban was instituted a few weeks ago."
Sports Illustrated and ESPN published stories whose entire purpose was to tie Muhammad's customs tale to Trump's immigration order, though the reports don't come right out and say it.
Of course Muhammad was likely being purposely evasive about the date in her PopSugar interview so as to give the impression that her detention was a result of President Trump's executive order -- something that wasn't even instated until January 27. This comes as no shock, however, given Muhammad's history. More disturbing (though not shocking, either) is that so-called "journalists" never even bothered to ask the Olympian the exact date when her detention took place precisely because they're more committed to turning out Fake News than the truth.