As avid news followers and supporters of President Trump, this zinger of a headline topping an article that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle was nothing short of attention-grabbing:
The bizarre contrivance is proof positive that fake news is alive and well. In reading the report, it’s clear that it had nothing to do with the President of the United States. Seven words in the final sentence were given prominence to contort the report of a criminal illegal alien — slickly mischaracterized as an “undocumented resident” — charged with identity theft and voter fraud.
Student intern Alejandro Serrano, posing as a reporter, also wrote that charged perpetrator Gustavo Araujo Lerma was “convicted by a federal grand jury.”
Alejandro, who is doing a stint at the SF Chronicle, following a 10-week summer internship at the Chicago Tribune, needs a remedial course in basic legal proceedings if this is to be his beat. A grand jury has no power to convict anyone of a crime. After hearing evidence presented by prosecutors they can only issue an indictment to charge an individual with a crime. Trials do not take place before a grand jury.
And the illegal charged with the crimes? Alejandro Serrano writes, “according to one report, Lerma testified he was a fan of President Trump.”
According to the obviously leftist novice Alejandro, that sounds like an even more egregious crime than identify theft and voter fraud.
SF Gate, the online sister site of the Chronicle provided this editorial insight, “The decline of news,” back in 2007. “The situation at the Chronicle has only worsened in the intervening years, resulting in editor-less interns inadequately filling the positions of seasoned journalists. Neil Henry wrote: “Reportedly losing an estimated $1 million a week, the paper’s owner, the Hearst Corp., concluded it had no recourse but to trim costs by laying off reporters, editors and other skilled professionals, or offering buyouts to the most seasoned journalists in order to induce them to leave. The cuts reportedly will amount to a quarter of The Chronicle’s editorial staff.”