TV Station Backs Off Accusation That CNN Played Politics

Lawrence Kim
January 12, 2019

A local news station in San Diego says that CNN contacted them for a "local view" from one of their reporters Thursday but lost interest upon learning that most Border Patrol Agents the station's reporters have interviewed have confirmed that a southern border barrier is effective in reducing illegal immigration. We didn't end up booking any of them.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent walks toward one of President Trump's border wall prototypes on the U.S. side of the U.S. -Mexico border on January 9, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico.

CNN maintains that the planned segment with KUSI was dropped for unrelated reasons, as "happens many times every day" in the news business.

KUSI, a local TV station in San Diego, California, claims that CNN declined an interview with one of its reporters after finding out the reporter thinks a border wall is effective.

Now CNN is pushing back on the story, which has gone viral since it was first reported yesterday.

Steve Cohen, KUSI's news director, said he told CNN that it might not want Plante because his reporting has concluded that a border wall there has worked well, and that such a conclusion might not fit the cable network's "narrative" against the wall.

In sum, the station believe that "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".

On Thursday, Reuters reported the discovery of the charred remains of 21 people "killed in a suspected gang battle" in a Mexican border town adjacent to where President Donald Trump met with border security officials.

With Trump considering using emergency powers to build the wall without congressional support, the eyes of the nation have been fixed on the country's 2,000 mile border with Mexico. His round table discussion with local authorities created a gloomy picture of a crisis involving murder, drugs and human trafficking.

The station also shared a video report on the CNN request on Twitter.

There are no migrants trying to rush toward this fence here...'

Trump joined the score of Republicans who thanked Acosta for inadvertently proving that "walls work".

Trump himself jibed at Acosta, simply retweeting Acosta's video with the caption "Dear Diary", a phrase used by Trump supporters to mock Acosta's rambling coverage of the President's rallies.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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