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.
The local station called-out CNN after the network failed to include their coverage of the President's border visit; saying "they didn't like what they heard from us".
Thursday also saw CNN's Jim Acosta claim via Twitter, while placing his hands on a border wall composed of steel bars, not to "see anything resembling a national emergency situation [at] the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today". "CNN got back and said, 'We're declining".
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.
KUSI reported on air Thursday that CNN reached out to them and requested the station provide one of its reporters for a segment on the "debate surrounding the border wall and government shutdown". "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", KUSI's Mike McKinnon III reports. "This happens many times every single day", the network said in a statement. We did, however, book a reporter from KUSI for a story on immigration and the border wall in November. "This is a non-story". Backed up by Border Patrol agents, walls and fences work, Plante found in his reporting.
"It's certainly plausible that they didn't want it for the viewpoint, or they just didn't want it", he said. "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".
When the affiliate offered CNN their reporter Dan Plante, who has previously reported how the wall "is not an issue" and is, in fact, "effective".