Local Station Says CNN Asked for Border Coverage — Then Refused to Air What They Found

January 11, 2019Jan 11, 2019

KUSI-TV, a local news station in San Diego, revealed on Friday that CNN contacted them asking for a “local view” on the border wall.

However, when CNN learned what journalists found after their investigations, they apparently had no interest in airing it.

“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 reported.

The report added: “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."

So why the sudden change of heart from CNN? Well, even the journalists at KUSI believe the network didn’t like the answers they found.

“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 station reported.

The report continued: “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.”

CNN’s PR department played damage control on Friday, calling it a “non story.”

“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. We did, however, book a reporter from KUSI for a story on immigration and the border wall in November,” the network tweeted. “This is a non story.”

Who do you believe in this public journalistic spat?

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