A new Rasmussen survey shows that 48 percent of likely voters think the government is not doing enough to stop illegal immigration, a rise of five points over the 43 percent who thought that way back in August.
The revelation comes just 24 hours after a Fox News affiliate in Seattle reportedly fired a staffer over what appeared to be a doctored video of President Donald Trump’s brief Oval Office address on border security and the alleged unwillingness of Democrats to negotiate a solution to the partial government shutdown. According to the Seattle P-I.com, the video was “made to look as if he was sticking his tongue out for an unusually long amount of time, and it appeared to be saturated so that his pallor and hair appeared more orange.”
The station, KCPQ, issued a statement that “This does not meet our editorial standards and we regret if it is seen as portraying the president in a negative light.” KCPQ has some good broadcast journalists, and a flap like this has a habit of becoming a bad joke for conservative media watchers.
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The doctored video made national news, but it was only part of the controversy now boiling in the nation’s Capital as Trump and Democrat leaders Sen. Charles Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appear to remain at loggerheads over funding for a barrier along the border. The president is standing firm on continuing the shutdown showdown.
According to Rasmussen, only 28 percent of likely voters think the government is doing too much to stop illegal immigration. In a separate survey earlier this month, 52 percent of likely voters think wall construction is likely to slow or stop illegal aliens from crossing into the United States, including 36 percent who believe it is “very likely” to work. Forty-five percent think the wall will not stop the flow of illegals.
The division is along party lines, Rasmussen revealed. Eighty-one percent of Republicans and 50 percent of Independents think the border wall will work while 70 percent of Democrats disagree.
The controversy has raised issues about alleged media bias not only at Seattle’s “Q13” news, but also in San Diego, according to The Hill. Station KUSI asserted that CNN flip-flopped on a request for a “local view” of the border situation when it became apparent that reporters from the San Diego station would reveal that Border patrol agents in that area think a barrier along the border helps prevent illegal immigration.
KUSI issued this statement:
“Thursday morning, CNN called the KUSI Newsroom asking 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…
“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. 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.”
KUSI, according to The Hill, is an “independent station in San Diego that began airing in 1982.”
In response, CNN reportedly told The Hill that this is a “non story.” In a statement to The Hill, a CNN spokesperson reportedly said the network had called several local stations but did not end up booking anyone from any of those news agencies. The network also said “that happens many times every single day,” and added that CNN had booked a KUSI reporter for a story on immigration back in November.
The flap in Seattle was covered by the Seattle Times and discussed at MyNorthwest.com
Writing at the Washington Times, media analyst Larry O’Connor summed it up by suggesting that media fact checkers, preparing for Trump’s address, had “finally jumped the shark.”
If one takes O’Connor’s analysis on its face, it is a smack down of media bias at its most visceral, meaning that it paints the media into the corner of Trump Derangement Syndrome that may be slapped back into reality by the firing of the KCPQ video staffer.
Then again, with the border controversy continuing and the government shutdown into its third week, reality may become elusive.
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