The day-one Biden administration assertion about the importance of so-called transparency is once again being called into serious question as it continues to keep the lid on media coverage of the ramifications of the massive influx of illegal aliens at the southern border.
Case in point: DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is today en route to El Paso and McAllen, Texas, to meet with various stakeholders and assess the situation, but the agency says flatly that “these events are closed [to the] press.”
This form of social distancing, as it were, runs counter to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s lip-service to “truth and transparency” and “rebuilding trust with the American people” that she articulated during a press briefing on back on January 20 when the Democrat presidency began.
This fundamental contradiction also is not going over well on social media.
And as a thought experiment, imagine the outcry if a similarly situated Trump administration official had kept the media — which theoretically, anyway, function as the eyes and ears of the American people — out of the loop as this humanitarian and law enforcement crisis (although the Biden team is reluctant to use that word) deepens.
Against this backdrop, the Biden administration last month allegedly imposed an unofficial gag order on Border Patrol agents that prevents them from providing information and access to reporters who are covering the crisis, particularly the overcrowded detention facilities.
Parenthetically, while Biden has tasked Kamala Harris to handle the situation, which former Trump adviser Stephen Miller describes as the “the worst border crisis in U.S. history,” she has yet to visit the area or even hold a press conference. Transparency?
As alluded to above, social media users are figuratively saying “C’mon man” about both the administration’s non-transparency and the way that press is submissively accepting it. Here is a sampling:
“Closed to press.” Where are all the firefighters protesting this lack of access?! https://t.co/U9yLfrUUpR
— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) April 8, 2021
On Jan. 20th, the White House promised “trust and transparency…”
I guess we all missed the disclaimer: except when it comes to things they screwed up and don’t what the American public to see for themselves. https://t.co/c4qbL6QgJe
— Michele Perez Exner (@michelepexner) April 8, 2021
Nothing like transparency from this administration 😂
— Tom Warnick (@TJ_Warnick21) April 8, 2021
It is safe to assume that as long as no press is allowed it is an absolute humanitarian crisis. https://t.co/S9qqtASotk
— Brian Plummer (@bmpworldwide) April 8, 2021
— paul 🇫🇷 (@adeasg) April 8, 2021
Democracy Dies in Darkness, right?
— ABoringMan (@ABoringMan2) April 8, 2021
Lmao. This fake administration is even more pathetic than it is illegitimate. Dems are the absolute worst of the worst.
— Sal Of The Earth🌎 (@11SBiase) April 8, 2021
Shouldn’t the #media be calling Biden a nazi right about now? You did that with Trump. Corrupt hypocrites.
— Irene Almeida (@IreneAl49418737) April 8, 2021
Hard to remember a time when media weren’t propaganda whores.
— Just here (@patriots_fight1) April 8, 2021
I bet you guys are breathing a sigh of relief. Now you can continue to play along with Biden and ignore the crisis down there.
— AdamInHTownTX (Freedom Loving Neanderthal) (@AdamInHTownTX) April 8, 2021
I’m old enough to remember when the press didn’t ask permission to cover a story of national importance and if they were told they weren’t allowed, that was the only indication necessary to tell them they needed to cover said event.
— Notorious PA-C (@N9830G) April 8, 2021
What do they think they’re hiding?Reputable cable news is telling us exactly what’s happening at the Border. The ignorant Dems directed Biden to open the Border, just to spite Trump. If Mayorkas had an ounce of integrity he would have resigned, instead of going along with it.
— ProudTrumpgirl (@JudyK33695725) April 8, 2021
Why? Transparency was what this administration said it was all about. Why can’t they just admit they screwed up on the southern border?!
— KANN (@kann_2121) April 8, 2021
Didn’t President Biden promise transpancy? He also promised unity but that went out the window soon after the inauguration.
— Pete🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@usafss74) April 8, 2021
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