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

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CNN called the station this week hoping the affiliate could provide a story or two about the border wall already in place in their community.

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.

SANDRA MAAS: KUSI offered our own Dan Plante who has reported many times that the wall is not an issue here.

Steve Cohen, KUSI's news director, said he told CNN that it might not want Plante because his reporting has concluded that a border wall there has worked well, and that such a conclusion might not fit the cable network's "narrative" against the wall. This is a non story.

Aerial view of a group of Honduran migrants traveling in the Central American caravan, crossing the Mexico-US border fence to San Diego County, as seen from Playas de Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on December 12, 2018. 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 a year ago.

KUSI reported on air Thursday that CNN reached out to them and requested the station provide one of its reporters for a segment on the "debate surrounding the border wall and government shutdown".

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. His round table discussion with local authorities created a gloomy picture of a crisis involving murder, drugs and human trafficking.

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. The veteran reporter added that "there are no migrants trying to rush toward this fence".

Trump joined the score of Republicans who thanked Acosta for inadvertently proving that "walls work".

Trump himself jibed at Acosta, simply retweeting Acosta's video with the caption "Dear Diary", a phrase used by Trump supporters to mock Acosta's rambling coverage of the President's rallies.

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