A senior executive of a San Diego television station rejected his claim that CNN had asked for "local views" and "refused to hear from us" after earlier reports from the broadcaster had shown that a border wall was effective.
KUSI TV News Director Steve Cohen Stephen (Steve) Ira CohenDem introduces legislative proposals to eliminate electoral college. Stop the presidents to apologize for themselves attacks from "white supremacist views" MORE confirmed on Friday that he did not know why CNN barred the opportunity to interview local reporter Dan Plante, the Associated Press reported.
Cohen initially said he had told CNN Plantes earlier reports showed that the border wall in the region was effective and might not have matched CNN's "narrative".
KUSI sent a report and posted it on its website with a headline: "CNN urges KUSI for a local view of the border, rejects our reporter after he finds out that walls work."
"We believe CNN rejected a report from KUSI because we told them that most of the Border Patrol Agents we spoke with told us that the barrier actually worked," says an online Report. "We've been told time and again by Border Patrol Agents that the southern border barrier is helping to prevent illegal entries, drugs and weapons from reaching the United States, and figures prove that."
President Trump Donald John TrumpAnalyst says Trump's base will support him if he refrains from Wall Finance's requirement – Green Book & # 39; distanced, apologizes for an Islamophobic tweet: "I'll do better" percent during shutdown MORE later shared KUSI's report on the interaction on his Twitter account Friday.
" @CNN named a San Diego news broadcaster ( @KUSINews ) for negative reviews of the Wall. When the station said that walls work, CNN was no longer interested. #FakeNews ", wrote Trump
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2019
The station then published a report on Trump's "Shoutout." " gave. About the first report to the station.
However, Cohen told AP that he had never talked to CNN about why Plante was not interviewed.
"It's certainly plausible that they do not want it for the television station, or they just did not want it," he said. "Both are plausible conclusions. I did one instead of the other. [CNN] [CNN] spokesman dismissed KUSI's claim Friday and called it "non-story" because the network was not polling reports from the region.
"This often happens everyday," the network said in a statement, adding that the segments' plans change frequently.
KUSI-TV is an independent station in San Diego, which does not belong to a broadcasting network.
The broadcaster is owned by McKinnon Broadcasting Co., whose general manager Michael McKinnon has been described by the San Diego Business Journal as "a longtime supporter of conservative concerns and candidates in the San Diego area."
The reported dispute came during the ongoing partial government deadlock, which began in the midst of a deadlock between Trump and the legislature over billions of dollars in financing its long-awaited frontier wall.
The closure began on December 22nd. continues as t The White House and Congress are trying to negotiate the financing of border security.