CNN Defends Decision to Spike Local Media Pro-Border Wall Interview: 'This Is a Non-Story'
A local San Diego TV station claims that CNN contacted their offices yesterday to schedule an interview with one of their reporters on a border wall story, only to spike the interview when they discovered the news station's previous reporting documenting the success of the border walls and other security measures.
KUSI posted this tweet last night:
They also posted this statement to their website:
Thursday morning, CNN called the KUSI Newsroom asking if one of our reporters could give them a local view of the debate surrounding the border wall and government shutdown.
KUSI offered our own Dan Plante, who has reported dozens of times on the border, including one story from 2016 that was retweeted by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, and posted on DrudgeReport.com [...]
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.
We have continuously been told by Border Patrol Agents that the barrier along the Southern border helps prevent illegal entries, drugs, and weapons from entering the United States, and the numbers prove it.
The White House reposted KUSI's video segment earlier today:
In its past reporting, KUSI has described the U.S.-Mexico border south of San Diego as "one of the most dangerous places in America."
That certainly conflicts with much of the dismissive reporting by the establishment news media, who claim that there is no crisis along our southern border.
In August 2016, KUSI published two reports that noted that the "catch-and-release" policies of the Obama administration — where 9 out of 10 illegals captured crossing the border were subsequently released into the U.S. — were effectively undermining all of the other security measures put into place on the border.
In November 2016, KUSI reported on the surge of Syrians who were showing up to claim asylum, with a 600 percent increase over the previous January.
One issue identified by local border officials in that report is that the absence of any prior information on who was showing up at border ports of entry, and some showing up without any identification at all, increased the possibility that bad actors, including foreign terrorists, could easily be let into the country.
Another report from last October interviewed human smuggling "coyotes" on the Mexican side of the border who said that the crackdown ordered by President Trump was hurting their business.
KUSI has regularly reported on the drug trafficking coming across the southern border.
In response to the criticism that they had spiked the interview with KUSI, CNN officials said they cancel interviews all the time, and that they had previously interviewed a KUSI reporter back in November.
CNN is still stinging from White House reporter Jim Acosta getting beclowned during his coverage at the border during President Trump's tour yesterday:
Which led to widespread mocking of Acosta and CNN, even from the White House:
And the head of Trump's presidential campaign:
But given KUSI's past reporting, it is certainly no surprise that amidst its coverage of President Trump at the southern border yesterday, CNN just couldn't find the time to interview local media that might incidentally support the president's case for securing the border.