On Thursday the mainstream media network CNN contacted a San Diego news station in hopes of learning how locals — particularly U.S. Border Patrol agents working along the San Ysidro Port of Entry — feel about the shutdown battle over President Donald Trump’s proposed southern U.S. border wall.
But when station KUSI informed CNN that its reporters had already spoken with locals numerous times and, in doing so, discovered that they support the wall, CNN retracted the request.
“We believe CNN declined a report from KUSI because we informed them that most Border Patrol Agents we have spoken to told us the barrier does in fact work,” the station announced that afternoon.
Learn more about the retraction below:
“CNN asked if KUSI would provide a local reporter to offer our local view of the debate, especially to learn if the wall works in San Diego,” the correspondents above reported.
“KUSI offered our own Dan Plante, who’s reported many times that the wall is not a issue here. In fact, most officials believe it is effective.”
Higher-level current and former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have said the exact same thing.
But for reasons that remain unclear, CNN apparently found these facts discomfiting.
“Now knowing this, CNN declined to have us on their programs, which often present the wall as not required in other places, like the stretch of the Texas border the president visited earlier today,” KUSI’s correspondents noted. “They didn’t like what they heard from us.”
**Update: CNN responded to KUSI in a tweet, basically stating that there’s nothing to see here:
We called several local stations to book someone for a show. We didn’t end up booking any of them. That happens many times every single day. We did, however, book a reporter from KUSI for a story on immigration and the border wall in November. This is a non story. #factsfirst🍎
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) January 11, 2019
Prior to the president’s arrival in McAllen, Texas to inspect the border and speak with local officials, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta shared a bizarre video in which he tried to debunk Trump’s factually valid argument that a wall would reduce illegal immigration.
“Here are some of the steel slats the president has been talking about right here,” he said in his video as he pointed to a steel-slat-constructed fence along the McAllen border.
“As we’re talking along here, we’re not seeing any kind of imminent danger. They’re no migrants trying to rush toward this fence … no sign of the national emergency that the president has been talking about,” he added, completely oblivious to the glaring irony of his observations.
As noted by the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and a host of other people on social media, Acosta had inadvertently managed to prove that “walls work.”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 10, 2019
When I went with President @realDonaldTrump to the border today I never imagined @Acosta would be there doing our job for us and so clearly explaining why WALLS WORK. Thanks Jim! https://t.co/7wC4rdEsZ2
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 10, 2019
— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) January 10, 2019
Hey, @Acosta, the reason the border is so “tranquil” is because there is a giant wall next to you
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 10, 2019
CNN’s behavior — including Acosta’s continued antics and the network’s decision to retract its request to KUSI — suggests that the president had a point Thursday when he accused members of the media of not wanting “to know the truth” about the border crisis.
“I’d say 80 percent of you are possibly in coordination with the opposition party. I mean the whole thing is ridiculous. All you have to do is look at the borders. Rent a helicopter, except you don’t want to know the truth,” he said during a brief presser held before he departed for the border.
Like the KUSI correspondent noted, “They didn’t like what they heard from us.“
And because of that, CNN chose to completely ignore the facts uncovered by a local station and instead run with its habitually incorrect reporting in regard to the border wall battle.
According to social media users, perhaps it’s because of behavior like this — and not the president’s snippy criticisms — that so many Americans think CNN is “fake news.”
THIS is why you are considered fake news! You shop around until you find an opinion that coincides with your own instead of focusing on THE TRUTH. If @realDonaldTrump does nothing else, I hope he has helped expose you and puts you out of business. https://t.co/tRn78DbIQS
— Mac 🌟🌟🌟 (@marla_mulder) January 11, 2019
This is why fake news CNN is enemy of the people.
— Kathy Randall (@lovesex5) January 11, 2019
— Abilio Beto O’Avennati, Creepy Porn Lawyer (@CapayNed) January 11, 2019
your reporting does not fit the narrative. CNN is a disgrace to journalism. Without airports, they would go under
— ScottyAZ (@scottyaz24) January 11, 2019
Thank you KUSI for reporting the TRUTH and not just pushing a narrative to try to change public opinion. I’m always very skeptical of the mainstream media.
— Len Schulze (@LenSchulzeSD) January 11, 2019
CNN shopping for kindred viewpoints.
— Monica Eckdahl (@Mde504) January 11, 2019
“That’s not the narrative we’re looking for, you can move along”
— Qurious-Traveler (@QanonQurator) January 11, 2019
Other members of the biased media have already begun circling their wagons in defense of CNN.
“Networks like CNN often change coverage plans at the last moment with no specific agenda,” Newsweek opined. “And stations that have taken a particular political stance, as KUSI seems to have done on the issue of the border wall, are often not considered suitable for news coverage that aims for objectivity.”
It appears that, according to Newsweek, reporting facts that contradict the left-wing narrative is equivalent to taking “a particular political stance,” but choosing to not report facts specifically because they contradict the left-wing narrative is perfectly normal.
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