CNN Contradicts TV Station Claim That Network Barred Its Pro-Wall Reporting

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 12, 2019

ANNA LAUREL: As a sign of the times in this debate on the shutdown, CNN asked if KUSI would provide a reporter to offer our local view of the debate, especially to learn if the wall works in San Diego.

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 CNN spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill.

KUSI's Dan Plante responded that, according to his reporting, the wall works. This is a non story.

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. Fenced off since 2010, the border here represents the first few miles of President Trump's long-promised border wall and was constructed in June past year.

"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", the article, which was published on KUSI's website, states. CNN said plans change all the time, and that the network chose to have its own reporters talk about border security.

Cohen said he never actually spoke to anyone about CNN about why Plante wasn't used.

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.

An executive at a San Diego television station that accused CNN of rejecting an appearance by one of its reporters for political reasons conceded Friday he didn't really know why the network turned him down.

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". The incident is believed to be the result of a confrontation between criminal gangs involved in the trafficking of guns, drugs and people.

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