The Biden presidency has seen month after month of record-breaking border crossings. From July of 2021 through June of 2022 there were 2,361,553 border crossings. But during that time, just 146 minutes of coverage on the network evening newscasts. In June, just a scant 15 minutes. Only eight in May. ( See my study here .)
But back during the Trump presidency, CBS was worrying about illegal border crossings… from Canada, that is. Four years ago today, CBS This Mornings highlighted the desperate need to secure the (Canadian) border.
Here’s Gayle King on August 6, 2018: “CBS News has learned that the number of people illegally crossing the United States northern border is up 142 percent.”
Reporter Don Dahler explained that in Vermont there’s areas with no security. Talking to a border agent, Dahler looked at a rickety gate and wondered: “Does this represent the physical security infrastructure along the northern border?… A gate with a lock?”
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Border patrol agent Norm Lague replied: “This is a part of that, yes.” Dahler explained the threat from Canada: Norm Lague is the border patrol agent in charge here, responsible for stopping criminal gangs, drug traffickers and undocumented immigrants.. He showed us the back roads, farms, and waterways offering easy access between U.S. and Canada. And yet, now that the southern border is in full crisis, networks like CBS don’t care at all.
For more examples from our weekly flashback series, which we call NewsBusters Time Machine, go here .
A transcript of the August 6, 2018 segment is below. Click “expand” to read more. CBS This Morning 8/6/18 7:41am ET GAYLE KING: CBS News has learned that the number of people illegally crossing the United States northern […]
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