TV station backs off accusation that CNN played politics

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Aerial view of a group of Honduran migrants traveling in the Central American caravan, crossing the Mexico-US border fence to San Diego County, as seen from Playas de Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on December 12, 2018.

KUSI, an independent station established in the San Diego area in 1982, alleged that the national broadcaster first reached out to it on Thursday as it wanted a "local view" of what the proposed border wall between the USA and Mexico would entail for the area.

On Thursday, Reuters reported the discovery of the charred remains of 21 people "killed in a suspected gang battle" in a Mexican border town adjacent to where President Donald Trump met with border security officials.

Networks like CNN often change coverage plans at the last moment with no specific agenda. We did, however, book a reporter from KUSI for a story on immigration and the border wall in November. But, they said, when CNN found out the segment would portray the wall positively, it was spiked.

However, the offer was allegedly turned down by CNN after KUSI informed the news channel that the Border Patrol Agents it had interviewed had highlighted the wall was effective in preventing illegal migrants from entering the U.S.

As the government shutdown enters its third week and Trump and Congressional Democrats remained unable to reach a compromise on funding a wall along the border, CNN got in touch with KUSI, an independent local news station in San Diego to ask its journalists whether the wall there works as intended.

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SANDRA MAAS: KUSI offered our own Dan Plante who has reported many times that the wall is not an issue here.

"They didn't like what they heard from us", KUSI's Anna Laurel said.

CNN anchor Jim Acosta was mocked for trying to push that same "walls don't work" narrative via a short video at the border Thursday, but it too backfired.

Cohen said he never actually spoke to anyone about CNN about why Plante wasn't used.

"It's certainly plausible that they didn't want it for the viewpoint, or they just didn't want it", said Steve Cohen, KUSI's news director. "I made one rather than the other". Its general manager, Michael McKinnon, was described by the San Diego Business Journal as a "longtime supporter of conservative causes and candidates in the San Diego area".

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