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KUSI TV accuses CNN of political bias over border-wall story rejection



San Diego TV station KUSI-TV accused CNN of having withdrawn an appearance from a reporter who originally urged the way border walls are useful because the national network would not like that that the journalist had to say. On Friday, the station came back, saying that the reporter, Dan Plante, did not really know why the rejection had happened.

CNN contacted Plante to talk about a San Diego border barrier for a segment scheduled to air on Thursday, reports Associated Press (AP).

The segment was to be related to the border wall proposed by President Donald Trump, $ 5.7 billion along the US-Mexico border. Congressional Democrats have refused for weeks to fund the wall, which caused the federal government to partially close last month.

But Plante's report was never broadcast by CNN and KUSI accused CNN of political bias.

President Donald Trump speaks with a Border Patrol officer of the US Customs and Protection (CBP) while participating in a US-Mexico border wall prototype tour.
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

[19659002] KUSI's digital content manager, Mike McKinnon III, wrote on Thursday: "We believe that CNN has refused a report from KUSI because we have informed them that most of the police officers the border with which we spoke told us that the barrier works ".

"Border patrol officers have always told us that the barrier along the southern border helps prevent illegal entry into the United States of illegal immissions, drugs and weapons, and the numbers prove it," added McKinnon.

KUSI anchor Anna Laurel added in her segment that day: "He did not like what they heard from us".

Trump also supported KUSI of tweeting his segment on the border barrier and the rejection of CNN, adding: "#FakeNews". The president publicly and publicly criticized CNN, arguing that it was biased against him.

But KUSI rowed his comments on Friday, with news director Steve Cohen who said he did not really know why the network refused the appearance of Plante.

"It is certainly plausible that they did not want it for the point of view, or simply did not want it," said Cohen, according to the AP. "Both are plausible conclusions: I have made one rather than the other".

CNN, for its part, said that it regularly canceled reservations and called the saga a "non-story".

His communication team tweeted on Friday: "We called several local stations to book someone for a show, we did not finish booking any of them, which happens many times each day. book a KUSI reporter for a story about immigration and the border wall in November. This is not a story. "

The government shutdown entered its 22nd day on Saturday, making it the longest in United States history. It does not seem close to the end, since Trump and the democratic leaders have yet to reach an agreement. 800,000 federal employees remain on the left without wages.


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