- The Washington Times - Friday, January 11, 2019

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota clashed with her own panel on Friday when it came to claims that Democrats are being good-faith negotiators on the government shutdown.

The “New Day” host repeatedly brought up a failed negotiation this week after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer refused to give President Trump a counteroffer on his $5.7 billion border wall funding request.

“Here’s what so confusing, is that by Wednesday, the president had moved away from his wall — he was then calling it a ‘barrier,’” she said. “Democrats aren’t opposed to a barrier at the border, are they?”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer asserted that Mr. Trump was being unreasonable since Democrats were previously in support of hundreds-of-billions for border-related funding over the course of years.

Ms. Camerota noted that the Maryland Democrat’s logic can easily be flipped on him.

“That’s why it’s so perplexing,” she exclaimed, The Blaze reported. “If you say that you believe in border security, and the president wants border security, surely there’s a compromise! … “[W]hen you have [Vice President] Mike Pence in the room and he says, ‘OK, what’s your counteroffer?’ it’s just — I understand all this history, I understand how we got here and why people are so bitter; I get all that — but if yesterday was the moment to make a counteroffer, why not make one?”

The host’s blunt questioning came in the wake of San Diego’s KUSI-TV reporting that CNN balked at a border security story once producers were informed that local officials would attest to the efficacy of walls.

“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,” station owner Mike McKinnon said in a statement released Thursday. “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.”

A CNN spokesperson denied KUSI’s claims on Friday.

“We called several local stations to book someone for a show,” the spokesperson said. “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 on CNN in November. This is a non-story.”

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