CNN’s report on Trump official Ken Cuccinelli scrubs period he worked at the network

CNN’s report taking aim at a Trump administration immigration official and his history of rhetoric left out a key piece of information.

Andrew Kaczynski presented his criticism of Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, in a report which failed to mention that Cuccinelli was once a paid contributor on CNN.

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The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi first noted Kaczynski’s selective memory lapse over the weekend following publication of the CNN report.

Kaczynski focused his report on the immigration official’s history, beginning his article by noting that Cuccinelli helped found State Legislators for Legal Immigration in 2007, a group which described undocumented immigrants as “foreign invaders” who are responsible for “serious infectious diseases, drug running, gang violence, human trafficking, terrorism.”

The article went on to note the “extreme rhetoric ” the group used and that “Cuccinelli has continued to use in recent years, and that has been adopted by President Donald Trump and other Republicans.”

The senior editor and founding member of CNN’s KFile delved into Cuccinelli’s political commentary in the past as well as more recent headline-grabbing remarks such as those on the Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty.

Cuccinelli became a target for the left’s outrage after he appeared on CNN and defended comments on the iconic poem which he said was about “people coming from Europe.”

“Don’t change the facts. You’re twisting this like everybody else on the left has done all day today,” Cuccinelli countered host Erin Burnett’s criticism, saying, “that poem was referring back to people coming from Europe, where they had class-based societies, where people were considered wretched if they weren’t in the right class.”

Kaczynski’s argued that Cuccinelli’s views were “in line with what he expressed more than a decade ago as a state legislator in Virginia, when he was one of the first state lawmakers to join State Legislators for Legal Immigration, and detailed how he supposedly turned the term “invasion” into “standard rhetoric.”

“The group has grown steadily less active,” Kaczynski wrote of State Legislators for Legal Immigration. “But Cuccinelli’s rhetoric has remained largely the same since 2007.”

While Kaczynski presented plenty of examples of this rhetoric he faulted the ICE official of using, he never once let readers know that the former Virginia attorney general was paid to be a pro-Trump commentator on CNN during this same time period.

Cuccinelli, who served as an advisor to Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign, was reported to be leaving CNN in May for the Trump administration position, a network spokesman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Yet  Kaczynski’s screed against the immigration official never even alluded to his recent CNN connection.

Frieda Powers

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