‘Where are all the firefighters protesting?’: Biden admin pushes ‘transparency,’ blocks press from DHS director border visit

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:


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