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

They didn't like what they heard from us.

KUSI News, "San Diego's more local news station", said in a report Thursday that CNN contacted them earlier that day interested in getting a "local view" from one of their reporters, particularly on whether the wall works, to supplement their coverage on the current government impasse over funding for the border wall, a key component of President Trump's attempt to curb illegal immigration.

Steve Cohen, KUSI's news director, told The Daily Caller in a phone interview that KUSI warned CNN in its offer that Plante would likely not conform to the cable network's desired narrative on the wall.

Cohen told AP that when CNN reached out, he informed them that they might not want their reporter Dan Plante because of his positive reporting about the wall.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent rides a vehicle on the beach in San Diego, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, seen through the border wall from Tijuana, Mexico.

Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., also blasted Acosta: "I know this might be hard for you to comprehend Jimbo, but the reason why all of Twitter has been mocking you today is because you were at a part of the border WITH A WALL", Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter. "We did, however, book a reporter from KUSI for a story on immigration and the border wall on CNN in November".

The station, KUSI-TV, reported that someone from CNN called the KUSI newsroom for a local perspective of the fiery debate centered on the U.S. -Mexico border. "This happens many times every single day", the network said in a statement.

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.

CNN said it had also reached out to reporters at other local stations about a possible segment but didn't follow through when the plans changed.

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

Acosta was swiftly ridiculed by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders for "so clearly explaining why WALLS WORK".

While Acosta found no evidence of a national crisis, CNN later reported that Mexican authorities found 20 burned bodies on a dirt road 50 miles away on the Mexican side of the border.

Like this story? Share it with a friend!