WATCH: Local Station Says CNN Spiked Segment on Border After Learning Reporter Was Pro-Wall (UPDATE)
A San Diego TV station is claiming that CNN reached out to them, asking if they could provide one of their reporters to offer a “local view” from the U.S.-Mexico border — but declined when they discovered that the reporter, and the station at large, are pro-wall.
KUSI — an independent station owned by McKinnon Broadcasting — says that they were contacted by CNN on Thursday morning asking for one of their reporters to offer the perspective from the border. The network, in response, supplied reporter Dan Plante, whom KUSI says has filed “dozens” of reports from the border.
CNN, according to the San Diego station though, abandoned their request.
“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,” a report on the station’s website said.
“A sign of the times in this debate,” said KUSI anchor Anna Laurel.
Watch above, via KUSI.
UPDATE 10:40 a.m. ET: CNN has issued a statement — declaring the matter to be standard operating procedure and noting that the network previously booked a guest from KUSI to discuss the border wall in November.
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. This is a non story. #factsfirst?
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) January 11, 2019
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