- The Washington Times - Friday, January 11, 2019

A San Diego television station says CNN requested their “local view” on the southern U.S. border and then declined to use their report after finding out it revealed that the “wall works.”

Mike McKinnon, owner of KUSI-TV, issued a statement Thursday saying CNN placed a phone call to the KUSI newsroom Thursday morning and asked “if one of our reporters could give them a local view of the debate surrounding the border wall and government shutdown.”

KUSI offered our own Dan Plante, who has 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,” Mr. McKinnon wrote.

“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,” he continued. “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 accusations in a statement Friday.

“We called several local stations to book someone for a show. We didn’t end up booking any of them,” the statement said. “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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