CNN rolls out damage control after San Diego News Outlet went public with an embarrassing report.
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 (dot) 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.
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
KUSI reporter Dan Plante on CNN allegedly turning down his network for a tv segment because of their coverage on how border walls work: "We were saying things that they didn’t want to hear, we were telling them the truth…that is not the narrative that they wanted to hear" pic.twitter.com/jkdDQDGwvz
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 12, 2019
“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,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller. “We did, however, book a reporter from KUSI for a story on immigration and the border wall on CNN in November. This is a nonstory.”
Cohen admitted that CNN never explicitly indicated that they were declining to interview Plante over his reporting that walls work.
“Nobody said, ‘We don’t want your guy because of that,’” Cohen said, adding that the “dust-up” with CNN was really “no big deal.”
However, Cohen noted that CNN relied on much of their reporting at the border from Jim Acosta, their chief White House correspondent, who repeatedly denied the effectiveness of physical border barriers.
KUSI anchors revealed on air that CNN requested, then declined, to use their border reporter after finding out his coverage of a broadly successful San Diego border barrier didn't match their preferred narrative. CNN pushing back on this embarrassing public revelation. https://t.co/YuuwCWVS93
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) January 11, 2019
But, since KUSI has argued that a fence is more practical than a wall, but the border barrier is necessary — and that fits so neatly with Trump’s ‘steel slats’ and ‘fence’ language, let’s look back to something Pelosi herself said about a year ago.
Most critics got distracted while laughing at her ‘cut the grass’ suggestion for border security. But just before that she said something else. Something telling.
At the 53 second mark, while talking about reasonable solutions that were NOT a wall, she said fencing.
PELOSI SAID WE COULD BUILD A FENCE.
In FEBRUARY of 2018.
She’s talking about holding Republicans to what THEY have previously agreed to… Pelosi was perfectly fine with a fence less than 12 months ago.
Let’s all hold Her To It.