A photograph released by the White House last week shows two guests who President Donald Trump recently hosted. Their true identities have now been revealed, but the media has remained tight-lipped about who they really are and where they’re from.
Normally, the White House will choose a “Photo of the Day” in order to let the public know what has been happening inside the People’s House. Last Wednesday, the image chosen showed two girls, Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu.
Bishara and Pogu were two of the 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in Nigeria who were captured by Boko Haram extremists in 2014. They were ultimately able to escape by jumping off of a moving truck that the terrorists were using to transport them, but many others were not as lucky.
One hundred and thirteen Chibok girls are still being held captive by Boko Haram in Nigeria. The terrorists released 82 of the girls in May after more than three years of captivity. The group also released 21 of the abducted schoolgirls in October 2016. One student escaped with her baby in May 2016.
Bishara and Pogu were accompanied on their White House visit by Doug Wead, who appears in the photo on the far left, alongside his wife Myriam. Wead, an author and former assistant to President George H.W. Bush, is the president of Canyonville Christian Academy, the boarding school in Canyonville, Oregon, which Bishara and Pogu recently graduated from.
Wead was an assistant to President George H.W. Bush and has published many books, including Game of Thorns: The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton’s Failed Campaign and Donald Trump’s Winning Strategy. He told NPR that Ivanka Trump reached out to him after his appearance on a BBC program about presidential children. The two got in touch via email and kept in contact.
Wead asked her if she wanted to meet the girls because of her concern about human trafficking. She said “absolutely,” Wead says. [Source: NPR]
“I enjoyed [the visit], it was wonderful,” said Bishara. “Her [Ivanka’s] work is a really good one, at least she’s helping people around the world who have been hurt.”
Trump did not alert the media that this meeting was taking place; he didn’t publicize the sit-down, and the press was not invited. In other words, he is committed to helping those in need whether or not it earns him positive publicity.
Nevertheless, you would think that the media would have picked up the story after it was exposed via the White House “Photo of the Day,” yet have you heard anything about this on CNN or MSBNC? I didn’t think so.
The media is refusing to report this story because it proves that Donald Trump is doing good things, not just for our own country but for oppressed people from around the world, and that he cares about women and children. Coincidentally, though, when Michelle Obama held up a piece of printer paper with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls written on it in a fruitless attempt to free the girls held captive by Boko Haram, the press leaped to cover the story.
Of course, Michelle’s hashtag campaign never actually saved any girls. She never met with any survivors of the terrorist group’s brutalities at the White House, either. Still, she was lauded by the media as if she had just cured cancer and solved world hunger in the same day, all without ever doing anything of actual substance.
It truly is remarkable how the media fails to recognize their own overwhelming bias when it seems as clear as day to the rest of us. Sadly, legitimate journalism is all but dead in the United States.