Friday, January 11 2019

San Diego station: CNN declined to use our reporter after we told them Border Patrol agents say the wall works Featured

Written by John Sexton

San Diego’s KUSI News reported Thursday that CNN asked them for a local news view on the border wall. When KUSI informed CNN that border patrol agents have uniformly told the station that the wall works, CNN lost interest.

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…

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.

Here’s the clip and below that CNN’s response to it. CNN doesn’t deny it contacted KUSI for a local perspective but claims the decision not to use their reporter is a “non story.”

This explanation sounds reasonable and might even be true. I think the problem here is that it’s really not hard to believe CNN would decline to air a viewpoint that basically backed the president’s view of the border wall.

Just yesterday, CNN’s Jim Acosta was at the border making videos whose clear aim was to say there was nothing much happening at the border which anyone should worry about. That wasn’t true as this report from the same area by Good Morning America’s Matt Gutman demonstrated: “So many surrendering themselves, we struggled to keep up…”

In his on-air reporting yesterday, Acosta also emphasized about 5 times (in under a minute) that McAllen, Texas has a low crime rate. That’s true but Acosta did not mention that a Gallup poll from 2012 and 2013 rated McAllen the city in America where people felt most afraid to walk the streets alone at night:

McAllen was the only metro area in which less than half of all respondents felt safe walking home alone at night. This was despite the fact that McAllen actually had a lower violent crime rate than the United States overall in 2012, at just 319 incidents per 100,000 residents, versus 387 crimes for 100,000 residents nationally. However, violence along the border with Mexico remains a concern for many McAllen residents. The State Department warns against traveling to the neighboring city of Reynosa, Mexico, due to high levels of drug-related violence.

You can certainly argue that this fear is misplaced but my point here is that CNN’s Acosta doesn’t really seem interested in presenting a nuanced perspective on the situation at the border. Instead, as has been the case for months, he seems focused on trying to dunk on President Trump.

So while CNN can protest that the failure to use this one reporter in San Diego was just a show production decision, the fact remains that their actual reporter on the scene didn’t seem very interested in communicating the message about the border wall which that KUSI reporter was prepared to deliver to CNN’s audience. In other words, the problem isn’t this one scheduling decision, the problem is CNN’s obvious bias on this issue. Here’s an AP report from 3 years ago about ranchers along the border being threatened at gunpoint by drug traffickers. I wonder if CNN has spoken to any of these people?

Nolte: CNN Confirms KUSI Report About Border Wall Blow-Off

CNN has finally responded to the exploding scandal surrounding the far-left cable news channel’s revealing “border wall” interaction with San Diego TV station KUSI this week. As my colleague Robert Kraychik reporter earlier, KUSI reports that the anti-Trump outlet contacted them looking for someone to come on the air and report about Trump’s border wall.

CNN claimed it was looking for a local perspective on the issue.

According to KUSI, though, once CNN discovered that KUSI’s past reports look positively on the effectiveness of the local border wall, CNN ran away and wanted no part of that narrative.


To their great credit, KUSI took to the air to inform their audience of this on Thursday morning:

On Friday, CNN finally responded to the growing criticism, and mixed in with the last-place cable channel’s imperial tone, the statement is filled with fake news and confirmation of KUSI’s reporting.

“We called several local stations to book someone for a show. We didn’t end up booking any of them. That happens many times every single day,” CNN’s public relations team sniffed. “We did, however, book a reporter from KUSI for a story on immigration and the border wall in November. This is a non story.”


Because, you see, it is CNN that will decide what is and is not a story.

CNN closed the tweet with the haughty hashtag “#factsfirst” and included an apple emoji, which refers to the fake news network’s much-maligned “facts first” campaign.

So what we have here is CNN admitting to reaching out to KUSI and admitting to not booking anyone after hearing what KUSI had to say. But CNN is spinning this fact as a non-story, as a suitable explanation.


Oliver Darcy, who usually leads CNN campaigns to blacklist the network’s critics from social media, also ripped into KUSI with a tweet attacking Mike McKinnon, the president and general manager of KUSI, for daring to criticize CNN.

As you will see below, Darcy believes McKinnon’s personal tweets mean something, or something…

These heavy-handed CNN responses, though, really only raise more questions, such as: Why would an unbiased, objective, not-at-all left-wing news outlet not want to air both sides of the border wall debate — both pro and con?


CNN is stridently and openly against any border enforcement, against anything that would signal a political victory for Trump, so why would a news outlet that poses as objective not offer the other side the opportunity to express their thoughts, especially when that point of view could come from someone living in and reporting on a community living with a border wall?

The responses to Darcy’s tweet only further prove how all of this is backfiring:

The responses to CNN’s tweet from the public relations department are even more brutal:


The primary question CNN cannot and will not answer is this: How does a 24/7 broadcaster not have time bring on a local news reporter?

Other than bias, there is simply no legitimate explanation for CNN to blow off KUSI, and CNN’s response has only accomplished one thing: It confirms KUSI’s Thursday morning report.

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CNN Denies Bias in Decision Not to Book Local Station’s Reporter for Immigration Segment

CNN is denying a San Diego television station’s accusation that it declined to book one of the station’s reporters for a story on immigration and President Trump’s signature border wall after learning that the station had given favorable coverage to the wall in the past.

“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,” local station KUSI, which is owned by McKinnon Broadcasting, said in a report on the event.

KUSI said CNN contacted the station on Thursday morning and asked if one of its reporters could provide a local view of the border-wall debate. KUSI offered reporter Dan Plante, an experienced border reporter, but CNN later canceled its request.


“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 station said.

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CNN responded that the decision not to book KUSI’s reporter had nothing to do with politics and pointed out that the network booked one of the station’s reporters for a story on immigration and the border wall in November.


KUSI anchors shot back in a video reiterating the station’s accusation that CNN is biased, which the White House tweeted out and called a “must watch.”

The dispute comes as the current partial shutdown of the federal government has reached 21 days, tying the record for the longest shutdown ever. President Trump and Republicans have butted heads with Democrats as both sides refuse to compromise on the president’s demand for $5.7 billion to construct a wall at the southern border.

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