A local TV station in San Diego says that CNN asked them for a “local view” before the network “declined to hear from us” after previous reports from the station indicating that border walls and barriers work.
“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,” a report by KUSI, an independent station in San Diego that began airing in 1982, noted.
“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,” the report continued, while previewing a border fence tour report.
“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,” it concludes. “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.”
Here is another version of the report which was posted on the station’s website (see link above):
Thursday morning, @CNN called the KUSI Newsroom asking if a reporter could give them a local view of the debate surrounding the border wall and government shutdown. After we informed them about our past reports, they declined to hear from us.
— KUSI News (@KUSINews) January 11, 2019
As reported by The Hill, CNN is, naturally, calling this a “non-story” because the network ultimately did not book any reporters from stations in San Diego (which skews Republican, by the way).
“We called several local stations to book someone for a show. We didn’t end up booking any of them,” says a CNN spokesperson in a statement to The Hill. “That happens many times every single day. We did, however, book a reporter from KUSI for a story on immigration and the border wall on CNN in November. This is a non-story.”
All this tells us is that CNN couldn’t find anyone a) to bash the president, and b) to bash the president’s border wall. If they could have, that reporter would have been given as much airtime as he or she wanted, especially while POTUS was still visiting the border in Texas.
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