Vice President Mike Pence visited a border detention facility this week, along with members of the press, and he spoke with CNN about it at length in an interview afterward.
But CNN didn’t air everything, Pence suggests, and instead manipulated what they showed in order to skew the report against the Trump administration and border patrol.
In a series of Tweets on Friday night, Pence cut loose on CNN, calling their reporting “so dishonest.”
“CNN is so dishonest. Today we took reporters to a detention facility on the border for families and children and all told us they were being treated well,” he wrote. He said they visited “an overcrowded facility for adult men, many of whom have been arrested multiple times,” and that the men were in a “temporary holding area.”
Pence said the reason they were in a temporary area was that Democrats have “refused to fund additional bed space.”
“Rather than broadcast the full story, showing the compassionate care the American people are providing to vulnerable families,” he continued. “Tonight CNN only played video of men in the temporary facility and didn’t play any footage of the family facility at all…”
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was also accused of misleading and failing to report the full and accurate story. Hayes tweeted that Pence and other Republicans who were visiting the facility were too cowardly to talk to children and families directly.
Photos and video show that is simply not the case.
Hayes has not corrected that, but perhaps he didn’t know because CNN chose not to air that part?
Josh Dawsey, of CNN and the Washington Post, had a Tweet thread that nearly every mainstream journalist shared, in which he described what he saw at the facility.
Contrary to the implication that Pence simply doesn’t care, the Vice President actually said that he does care, and that the situation is dire, but places the blame on the system being overwhelmed by the massive influx of people, as opposed to putting it on the border agents and facilities attempting to cope with that influx. In fact, he said that in his interview with CNN.
In that interview, he stated the same thing he said on Twitter, that there are two different situations, with two different sets of people.
“What you saw today was a very clean facility where people were being detained indoors, and then you saw a temporary facility that was constructed because this facility is overcrowded,” he said, making the differentiation himself that he alleges CNN won’t make about two different things.
Glenn Thrush, formerly of Politico and currently with the New York Times, also noted on Saturday the disparity between what Pence said and what CNN said, though laid the difference on Pence simply being a liar.
Dawsey retweeted Thrush Saturday with his own additional commentary.
“In first center, children told Pence they were being treated well. It was air conditioned, relatively clean w/cots. In the second center, there were hundreds of men in hot, dirty, concrete cages w/atrocious smell & no cots,” he wrote.
Now, I’m no Twitter lawyer, but I believe a shorter way of saying that is “Pence was telling the truth and accurately described both facilities.”
And for Chris Hayes, I’ll repeat that in small words: “The reporter who was there says Pence talked to the kids you said he didn’t talk to.”
Now let’s see if Hayes will correct what he wrote.