Hollywood is using all its persuasive tactics to undermine President Donald Trump’s border initiatives.
Add HBO to the latter club.
The pay channel, already home to left-leaning shows like “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “Last Week Tonight,” serves up a pair of docu-features this month designed to influence the way we think about the immigration debate.
“Torn Apart: Separated at the Border,” airing Oct. 10, looks at a pair of families ensnared in the border wall debate.
Here’s the official HBO press account of the documentary:
Nearly 3,000 families with children were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018. TORN APART: SEPARATED AT THE BORDER, debuting THURSDAY, OCT. 10 (9:00–9:40 p.m. ET/PT), offers first-person stories of how the immigration crisis has affected two of those mothers whose children were separated from them….
The film illuminates the laborious journey migrant families — including many women and children escaping violence and abuse — make to reach the U.S., only to be detained indefinitely and have their children transported to facilities hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away. Providing a human context to a fraught political issue, the documentary short reveals how arduous reunification is after separation for asylum seekers. Families detained at the border in 2018 were separated for an average of three months and some have yet to be reunited.
Such stories are tragic, no doubt. Showcasing them without the full context of the open borders debate, though, suggests the purposes are as much propaganda as raw storytelling.
And let’s not forget one critical factor -- timing.
President Barack Obama embraced policies similar to Trump’s in regard to the border, earning him the nickname “Deporter in Chief.”
The former Democratic administration’s mass deportations of 3 million people provoked fear and fury in the community … Enriquez Henry, who is mobilizing Latinos to influence the Iowa caucuses, called the “major deportations” during Obama’s presidency a “terrible time” for Latinos and said Biden “needs to do his penance.”
Yet HBO didn’t uncork this project during Obama’s eight years in office.
The project isn’t HBO’s only “October surprise,” though.
“Liberty: Mother of Exiles” narrows the focus to the Statue of Liberty. It, too, suggests more open borders propaganda, albeit on a more subtle scale.
The filmmakers themselves reveal their intentions in the press notes for the project, which will debut Oct. 17.
“Lady Liberty, chains broken and striding forward, has become the symbol of the struggle for freedom all around the world,” say directors and producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. “As the ‘Mother of Exiles’, she welcomes millions of immigrants seeking a better life in America. This film could not be a timelier reminder of the values that the statue has always stood for.”
The teaser trailer showcases a protest with placards demanding, “No Ban, No Wall,” in direct opposition to Trump’s polices, plus highlights from the radical protester arrested for climbing the statue.
Fair and balanced? Or just more hard-left messaging from Hollywood? All the clues suggest the latter.
Documentary filmmakers can pick and choose the stories they tell. And the aforementioned HBO films may feature riveting testimony and heart-breaking tales.
What about balance? Context?
What about the stories of Mollie Tibbetts and Kate Steinle, women murdered by illegal immigrants who made a mockery of the nation’s border enforcement efforts? Their stories deserve a fair hearing, too.
Chances are they’ll never get the HBO treatment, though.