Jen Psaki Ripped By Chris Wallace On Media Blackout at Migrant Centers Saying ‘Less Transparent Than the Trump Administration’
Fox News host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday grilled White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki concerning the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis, asking her about allegations that the administration is blocking media from being allowed to see inside the facilities that are holding illegal migrants and the conditions of the detention facilities in which they are being held.
Reporters are accusing the Biden administration of blocking media access so that they can’t report on the border crisis, which the Biden administration says is anything but a crisis. One day it’s a challenge and the next a circumstance, but never a crisis. Award-winning photojournalist John Moore and a Getty Images Special Correspondent said he had to photograph the border crisis from the Mexican side of the US-Mexico border.
“I have photographed CBP under Bush, Obama and Trump but now – zero access is granted to media. These long lens images taken from the Mexican side,” Moore said earlier this month. ” Until now, US photojournalists haven’t needed to stand in another country to photograph what’s happening — in the United States.”
The Biden administration created an unofficial gag order on Customer and Border Protection (CBP) agents actively limiting what kinds of information they shared with journalists and keeping media people away from migrant facilities according to NBC News. What does the Biden administration have to hide? This is such bullschtein, and we are expected to not complain about it. Alejandro Mayorkas, the disastrous Homeland Security Secretary, denied such an order exists. What he means is there is nothing written on paper that orders the CBP agents to withhold information from journalists, but they were given the order, regardless. Don’t underestimate Democrats, they’re crafty.
Psaki lied during the interview with Wallace, saying that the Biden administration is being “less transparent than the Trump administration.” Anyone with a three-digit IQ knows that the Trump administration was the most transparent in our lifetime. President Trump made himself readily available to the press all the time. In his first year in office, he didn’t do a lot of formal press conferences, but he answered reporters’ questions as often as possible. He gave the press a lot of access to himself and his administration.
The segment started with Wallace pointing out that the only way Americans know what’s going on at the migrant detention centers is because members of Congress have toured some facilities and have released pictures of intentional centers. You just know they weren’t allowed to see the worst or the worst.
“These kids are living in these conditions now. They’re not living in these conditions some indeterminate time from now when the president says everything will be fixed,” Wallace said. “So why not allow reporters and camera crews in on a pool basis safely to take pictures and show the American people what’s happening in those Border Patrol facilities right now?”
Psaki responded to Wallace by lying that Biden, Mayorkas, and the administration are “absolutely committed” to providing media access. That’s just not true. The administration is blocking media access apparently because they don’t want the country to see what’s really going on in these migrant facilities until such time as they finally get a handle on it and then they will open up access to the media while claiming there was never anything wrong going on at all. That’s how stupid this administration thinks we are.
“When?” Wallace fired back.
Psaki told Wallace that the Biden administration had given Fox News access to a facility last week, adding the Biden administration is not blocking media from the facilities, but rather is limiting access because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ah, yes, the COVID excuse, good for most cover-ups. Psaki is being childish. Under previous administrations, media outlets were allowed to cover most facilities with minor temporary exceptions for conditions at the moment. But the press secretary wants you to believe that because the administration allowed Fox into one “approved” facility that it’s not blocking media access to migrant facilities.
Wallace hit back, citing that Fox News in fact wasn’t given access to a migrant detention facility, but to a different facility that was being run by the Department of Health and Human Services.
“Just to clarify, Jen, you allowed a camera crew in to see the HHS facilities. What we’re talking about here are the Border Patrol facilities, the detention cells,” Wallace said while Psaki tried to interrupt. “There is a law, let me just finish, that they are not allowed to be there for more than 72 hours, many of them are there for 10 days.”
“At this point, in terms of allowing access to Border Patrol facilities for reporters, you are being less transparent than the Trump administration,” Wallace added.
Biden was asked last week by a reporter about when journalists will be allowed access to cover migrant conditions and Bide replied with, “I don’t know.”