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TV Station: CNN Declined Our Report After We Informed Them that Border Agents said Walls Work

**Note: This post has been updated to include a statement from CNN.

A local San Diego television station has publicly called out CNN, saying the network declined to work with the station after discovering they reported that most Border Patrol agents say a border wall or barrier would be effective.

KUSI said CNN called its newsroom on Thursday morning asking if one of its reporters could provide the network with a “local view” of the border wall debate and the government shutdown.

KUSI offered their reporter Dan Plante, who had reported dozens of times on the border,  “including one story from 2016 that was retweeted by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, and posted on DrudgeReport.com.”

“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,” states the TV station.

“We have continuously been told by Border Patrol Agents that the barrier along the Southern border helps prevent illegal entries, drugs, and weapons from entering the United States, and the numbers prove it.”

Instead of working with KUSI, it appears CNN decided to have its own Jim Acosta to report on the border wall…which, as you may know, backfired spectacularly.

CNN denies the claims from KUSI and responded with the following statement: “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.”

Trump to Address Nation on Border Security Tonight

President Trump will address the nation tonight in a prime-time speech on the U.S. border and national security.

“I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern,” the president wrote on Twitter yesterday.

Initially, there was some speculation as to whether or not networks would air the speech, however, it was announced last night that ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS and Fox broadcast network will all air the address to the nation, as well as Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) demanded they receive equal time to respond to the president’s speech.

“Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime,” they stated in a joint press release.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also announced yesterday that the President will visit the southern border on Thursday.

 

The Top Fake News Stories of 2018

In his Christmas Day podcast, Dan goes over the Daily Caller’s list of the “Most Egregious Fake News Stories of 2018.”

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All of the usual suspects are among the top winners, including the Washington Post, CNN, and the New York Times.

We’ve listed the top ten of over 30 fake news stories that made it into the Daily Caller’s list:

  1. Washington Post blamed the death of a 7-year-old migrant girl on Border Patrol
    • The paper disgracefully blamed U.S. Border Patrol for the death of the little girl, despite the fact that her own father praised the agency for doing everything they could to help her. The full timeline of events also paint a different picture than what the Post portrays.
  2. CNN and the Hill both reported on a sexual assault claim against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh without mentioning that the claim had been quickly retracted.
    • The Hill eventually deleted a tweet about the claim and CNN updated its story.
  3. The Boston Globe had to correct it’s story about Elizabeth Warren and admit she’s even LESS Native American than they had thought.
    • The paper initially stated that the Massachusetts senator was between 1/32 and 1/512th Native American, but had to issue a correction stating she was actually between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.
  4. The New York Times shamefully reported that former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley purchased expensive curtains for her New York apartment.
    • In reality, the $52,000 curtains were approved in 2016 and the ambassador had no say in the matter.
  5. The media still blames Republicans for the Steele dossier.
    • The Daily Caller points out that so-called reporters such as CNN’s Jim Sciutto, MSNBC’s Katy Tur, and MSNBC’s Ari Melber all perpetuated the falsehood that the GOP was responsible for the salacious, unverified, anti-Trump dossier. In reality, the research conducted by ex-British spy Christopher Steele and eventually compiled into the dossier was solely paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign.
  6. A CNN analyst published a “dubious” report about more unsubstantiated Brett Kavanaugh claims.
    • The DC points out, “CNN political analyst and Sentinel editor Brian Karem published a report in September claiming that ‘Montgomery County investigators’ were looking into an additional allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.Local police disputed that they were investigating any claims, and Karem later updated his reporting to indicate that his sources were not police, but rather random ‘investigators in Montgomery County.'”
  7. Just one day after Sen. Ted Cruz did a 15 minute interview with CNN, the network claimed he was “scared” to appear on their channel in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
    • Cruz slammed the network on Twitter, writing “CNN has aired NONE of it. Why not air the (entire) interview?”
  8. CNN spreads false school shooting statistic.
    • CNN’s Jim Sciutto claimed there had been 22 school shootings in 2018. However, school shootings–according to CNN–include accidental firearm discharges, domestic disputes, and some events that involve no children at all.

9. NBC withheld evidence supporting then-Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh for weeks.

  • The Daily Caller writes, “While NBC’s story is not incorrect, its choice to sit on evidence that contradicted a serious sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh earned them a spot on this list. Celebrity porn lawyer Michael Avenatti claimed he knew a second woman who could back up gang rape allegations made against Kavanaugh by his client, Julie Swetnick. That second woman actually contradicted the allegations in a phone interview with NBC News on September 30. Mysteriously, NBC chose not to publish this information until weeks later and after Kavanaugh had already been confirmed to the Supreme Court.

10. McClatchy reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had evidence that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen had traveled to Prague in 2016–a claim that would seemingly corroborate a portion of the Steele dossier.

  • The news agency’s claims were not confirmed by any other news outlets, and Cohen himself handed over his passport to Buzzfeed in an attempt to clear his name. The passport showed that the embattled former Trump lawyer had zero stamps for the Czech Republic. A Mueller spokesman also suggested to the Daily Caller that the reports about Cohen could be false.

For the full article, click HERE.

 

CNN Hilariously Claims it’s “Misleading” to Call Lying Reporter “CNN Journalist of the Year”

CNN hilariously took issue with the headline of a Bongino.com article titled, Really Fake News: CNN’s 2014 ‘Journalist of the Year’ Admits to Faking Stories, Sources.

In CNN’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter last Thursday, the network’s senior media “reporter,” Oliver Darcy called the title of our post “misleading” and lamented how “right-wing” outlets used the story about lying reporter Claas Relotius to “smear” the network.

(Relotius–as we pointed out last week–was a reporter and editor for the popular German magazine Der Spiegel and resigned after it was revealed that he fabricated a number of stories and sources. In 2014, he received the “CNN Journalist of the Year Award.”)

The newsletter states, in part:

Meanwhile, right-wing outlets dishonestly use scandal to smear CNN…Darcy emails: The right-wing universe is often too predictable. Thursday was no exception. Outlets and individuals living in this space seized on the Der Spiegel scandal to…slime CNN. How did they do this? Well, it turns out Relotius was once honored at a CNN-backed awards ceremony for German-language journalists several years ago for a story published in a Swiss magazine. That prompted misleading headlines like this one from Sean Hannity’s website, which read, “Really Fake News: CNN’s 2014 ‘Journalist of the Year’ Admits to Faking Stories, Sources.”

Now, we know what you’re thinking: “I don’t see any mention of Bongino.com in that CNN newsletter…”

Well, that’s because CNN (shockingly) got their facts wrong. The article cited was tweeted from Hannity’s account, however, the article itself was indeed from Bongino.com, not Hannity’s website like Darcy suggests.

We’ll let that one slide, Ollie.

Apparently, applying the proper title designated by CNN itself is now considered “misleading” by the network.

Note the current caption of a CNN.com photo of Relotius from the 2014 awards event, which reads, “Claas Relotius was named CNN journalist of the year…”

Another caption on CNN.com reads, “Claas Relotius is awarded the CNN journalist of the year accolade by Parisa Khosravi, senior vice president for CNN Worldwide.

A CNN senior vice president literally handed Relotius his award…and yet, the network wants you to believe they are victims of a vast right-wing smear campaign.

CNN’s own Vice President of Communications and Digital Partnerships, Matt Dornic, went on a Twitter crusade, personally tweeting to multiple conservative figureheads and news sites to “correct” the record, writing:

“1) He never worked for CNN, never published by CNN.

2) Honored for a piece published by a Swiss magazine – 4+ yrs ago.

3) German award & unique to that market.

4) The award was sponsored by CNN but judged by an independent jury.

5) His award was revoked by that panel this AM.”

Border Official: Migrants Pushed Women and Kids to Front of Group Before Attacking Agents

San Diego Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott joined CNN this morning and defended the actions of his colleagues and told the network that the caravan members would push women and children towards the front of their group and then begin to hurl rocks at border agents.

“What I find unconscionable is that people would intentionally take children into this situation. What we saw over and over yesterday was that the caravan would push women and children towards the front and then begin (throwing rocks at) our agents,” said Scott.

The border patrol chief also shot down the mainstream media narrative of “peaceful protests” and asylum seekers.

“I kind of challenge that this was a peaceful protest or that the majority of these people were claiming asylum. We ended up making 42 arrests, only eight of those were females and there were only a few children involved. The vast majority of the people we’re dealing with are adult males.”

“Similar to what we saw the first wave of the caravan, the group immediately started throwing rocks and debris at our agents, taunting the agents…,” he said.

CNN host John Berman said to Scott, “You took issue with the idea that these were people seeking asylum. The caravan, though, 5,000 to 9,000, depending on which count you believe that is in Tijuana right now, those are people coming to the border, as far as you know, for asylum, isn’t it?”

“I do not believe that is true. I believe there are definitely people in that group that are trying — that are going to try to claim asylum,” Scott replied. “The vast majority of those, from what we call the northern triangle are economic migrants, though.”

. “What I saw at the border yesterday was not people walking up to Border Agents and asking to claim asylum. Matter of fact, one of the groups that I watched … they passed 10 or 15 marked Border Patrol agents walking … west to east, numerous uniformed personnel, as they were chanting, waving a Honduran flag and throwing rocks at the agents,” he said.  “If they were truly asylum seekers, they would’ve just walked up with their hands up and surrendered, and that did not take place,” he said.

 

White House to Jim Acosta: We’re Suspending you Again in Two Weeks

White House officials reportedly sent CNN reporter Jim Acosta a letter stating they would suspend his press credentials once again, as soon as the temporary restraining order CNN won expires.

CNN’s Brian Stelter reported:

After CNN won a temporary restraining order on Friday, forcing the White House to restore his press pass for 14 days, White House officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires. From the looks of the letter, the W.H. is trying to establish a paper trail that will empower the administration to boot Acosta again at the end of the month.

Acosta was banned from the White House after engaging in a contentious discussion with President Trump and refusing to hand over the microphone to a female White House intern. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Acosta “[placed] his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

CNN responded to the White House letter, stating, “The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution. These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President.”

BREAKING: Judge Orders White House to Return Jim Acosta’s Press Pass

A federal judge ruled that the White House must return CNN reporter, Jim Acosta’s press pass.

This would allow Acosta to temporarily “regain access” to his press credentials.

Fox News reports:

Judge Kelly – who rescheduled Thursday’s planned hearing for Friday morning – heard lengthy oral arguments earlier in the week about the cable news network’s request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. Judge Kelly’s decision is temporary and further hearings are expected to take place in the next few weeks to determine whether or not yanking the credential violated CNN and Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights.

He declared that precedent has been set that the White House should have given Acosta due process before taking away his credential and that harm to the reporter has already occurred.

The White House suspended Acosta’s press pass “until further notice” after he refused to stop interrupting the President and hand over a microphone during a press briefing last week.

CNN filed the lawsuit against the Trump White House on Tuesday and demanded his press credentials be reinstated.

Trump Responds to Allegations that Acosta Video Shared by Sarah Sanders was “Manipulated”

President Trump has called allegations that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shared a “doctored” video of Jim Acosta’s interaction with a White House intern “dishonest reporting.”

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Responding to a question about whether or not the video was altered, Trump stated, “Nobody manipulated it, give me a break…See that’s just dishonest reporting. All that was was a close-up. That is just dishonest reporting.”

When you say doctored you’re a dishonest guy…

He continued, “I watched that, I heard that last night. They made it close up, they showed it close up, and he was not nice to that young woman. I don’t hold him for that, because it wasn’t overly horrible…But when you say doctored you’re a dishonest guy.”

The internet and media outlets have been abuzz ever since Sanders issued the following tweet, after revoking Acosta’s press pass:

According to Fox News, Sanders is being accused of posting an edited video circulated by Infowars editor, Paul Joseph Watson. The video posted by Sanders “allegedly speeds up Acosta’s arm motion to make it appear that he essentially karate chopped the female intern.” However, Watson has taken to Twitter to defend himself writing “The only editing done to this clip is that it is zoomed in.”

Sanders’ father, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, weighed in to defend his daughter after former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren commented on the video controversy:

BuzzFeed concluded that the video was not deliberately altered, rather, they claim, the low quality gif version of the interaction contributed to the confusion:

Huckabee Sanders Unloads on CNN’s Acosta Over ‘Pipe Bombs’

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders unloaded on CNN’s Jim Acosta during her daily briefing Monday; saying it’s “irresponsible” to attribute last week’s string of dangerous “pipe bombs” on the Trump administration.

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Sanders was speaking with reporters when Acosta asked if the White House “has the guts” to name “which outlets” the President believes peddle in Fake News.

“Shouldn’t you have the guts, Sarah, to state which outlets, which journalists are the enemy of the people?” asked Acosta.

“I think it’s irresponsible of a news organization like yours to blame responsibility of a pipe bomb that was not sent by the president, not just blame the president, but blame members of his administration for those heinous acts,” fired-back Sanders.

Watch the fiery exchange above.