Biden’s Border Blackout
Even the Leftmedia is beginning to complain about lack of access to CBP.
Photo journalist John Moore asserts that the Biden administration has taken unprecedented steps to block media access to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “There’s no modern precedent for the full physical ban on media access to CBP border operations,” he observed on social media. “To those who might say, cut them some slack — they are dealing with a situation, I’d say that showing the US response to the current immigrant surge is exactly the media’s role.” Moore added, “Photographing Border Patrol agents and immigrant encounters can and has been done respectfully without interfering with operations.” He concluded, “Transparency is key, even in a politicized environment.”
Transparency is key, especially in a politicized environment. Joe Biden wants to avoid transparency because it allows for greater examination of the terrible impact of his policy decisions — something he clearly hopes to avoid with this border crisis that he and his handlers have unleashed. How else does one explain Biden’s handling of the media?
Moore says that handling includes blocking media access: “The vast majority of river crossings by asylum seekers happen on federal land in south Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. The federal govt. controls access to those areas. The Border Patrol has been removing journalists who enter, including recently myself, CBS, others.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki continues to tout an administration committed to “transparency and truth,” but reality has been anything but.
Meanwhile, Kamala Harris appears to think the whole border crisis is merely another thing to cackle about. But that’s not how the American people see it. Nor do most people blame Donald Trump, the favorite target of the Left. A sizable majority of Americans place the blame squarely where it belongs: at the feet of Joe Biden. In fact, that PR problem may partially explain the motivation behind Biden’s media blackout gambit.
You know it’s gotten bad when even Leftmedia outlets like CNN are questioning Psaki over the “lack of access at the border.” CNN’s Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy noted that members of the media were denied typical accompaniment with a bipartisan group of senators and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on a recent trip to the border. “The Biden administration blocked that from happening,” Darcy said. “It’s part of a larger pattern at the southern border of restricted media access — despite promises of transparency and the fact that there are at least 14,000 migrant children detained as the U.S. sees a surge in migrants attempting to to enter the country.”
CNN’s not alone. A recent Washington Post headline read, “News orgs cite Biden administration opacity on border stories,” while NBC News reported that “Biden administration limits what Border Patrol can share with media about migrant surge at border.”
Trump, onto whom Biden has been erroneously deflecting blame, cut to the chase regarding Biden’s lack of media access and transparency: “There is none.”
Similarly, Republican Senator Ted Cruz (TX) argued, “Denying the press the ability to observe, film, and report on the conditions at the border is not openness or transparency, it is hiding the truth from the American people. The press and the American people deserve more than denials and nexuses from a podium. They deserve to see and understand the crisis for themselves with the help of reporters who are free and independent from your administration.”
What is the Biden administration attempting to hide? It’s easily predictable that efforts to block the press only serve to invite greater scrutiny, even towards the media’s guy. As bad as the border crisis has been reported to be thus far, with the intentional media blackout, it’s a good bet that reality is actually much worse. It’s almost as if Team Biden actually believed the Left’s stupefying narrative that walls and borders are “evil” and therefore must be eliminated for the sake of “social justice.” Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, but the Biden administration is scrambling to hide the truth in an effort to preserve the bankrupt narrative.
Just remember that, for Democrats, the more illegals are brought in, the better it is — because the real objective is all about growing a new Democrat voter base.
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