A television station in San Diego is convinced that CNN has refused to use one of its reporters for a border wall story because it did not fit the narrative of the network.
KUSI accused CNN this week of asking for a local perspective on the effectiveness of the border wall, then retreating when the station offered journalist Dan Plante, who previously reported that the wall is effectively effective.
KUSI Digital Content Manager Mike McKinnon III wrote on the network's website, "We believe that CNN has refused a report from KUSI because we have informed them that most of the Border Patrol agents we spoke to have said that the barrier works ".
SAN DIEGO STATION ASKS CNN ASKS FOR THE LOCAL FRONT WALL PERSPECTIVE, BUT RETURNED WHEN THE FAVOREDA TRUMP RESPONSE
But a CNN spokesperson has defined the "nonstory" request.
"It happens many times every single day," spokesman told Fox News. "We nevertheless booked a KUSI reporter for a story on immigration and the CNN border wall in November."
A report by the Associated Press on Friday seemed to indicate that the local outlet might have backed down on its initial charge, but KUSI said on its Twitter that "it's from our original story".
In the AP report, Steve Cohen, the director of KUSI, told CNN that he might not want Plante because his report concluded that a boundary wall worked well and that such a conclusion might not be suitable for "narrative" of the cable network against the wall. He said he never received a call.
Cohen also said he never spoke to anyone on CNN about why Planter was not used.
"It is certainly plausible that they did not want it for the point of view, or they just did not want it," he said. "Both are plausible conclusions: I did one rather than the other."
But Cohen issued a follow-up statement saying that the station did not "step back".
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"The title is a fiction, because the problem has never been raised. The AP story is real but the title is a fake report . "
The Associated Press contributed to this report.