Do cable news anchors and pundits read the Washington Post or the New York Times?
It would appear not, judging by their coverage of the situation along the southern border.
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Anchors and pundits are quick to denounce President Donald Trump as a liar when he claims there is a national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.
"Let's be as clear as we possibly can be, there is no national security crisis at the border," declared Willie Giest, co-host of "Morning Joe."
"The reality is, you are absolutely correct, there is no crisis at the border," MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff stated.
"There really is no border crisis," said Jess McIntosh, a CNN political commentator and former Clinton campaign staffer.
A Washington Free Beacon SUPERcut shows the "no crisis" talking point has been popular amongst cable news anchors, pundits, left-wing activists, and even a few Democratic lawmakers.
While all in agreement, these individuals must not read the Washington Post or the New York Times. Both publications published stories at the beginning of the year that detail a dire situation at the southern border where an already stressed border patrol tries to manage an increasing number of migrants trying to cross.
"After years of Trump’s dire warnings, a ‘crisis’ has hit the border but generates little urgency," the Post headline reads. The report states that a record number of migrant families are pouring over the border, at a time when detention centers are already filled.
"With parts of the federal government shut down over what has morphed into the defining symbol of Trump’s presidency, administration officials are clamoring louder than ever. Only this time, they face a bona fide emergency on the border, and they’re struggling to make the case there’s truly a problem," the Post wrote. "Record numbers of migrant families are streaming into the United States, overwhelming border agents and leaving holding cells dangerously overcrowded with children, many of whom are falling sick."
The New York Times also paints a picture of a growing crisis at the border in a piece headlined, "The Price of Trump’s Migrant Deterrence Strategy: New Chaos on the Border."
The Times reports:
A crisis of the kind President Trump has long warned of is beginning to take shape along the country’s 1,900-mile border with Mexico. A border security network built over a period of decades to handle large numbers of single men has in the past several years been inundated with women and children, and as the number of families has peaked in recent months, the system has increasingly been unable to accommodate all of them.
Meanwhile, the contributors and hosts on cable news like to comment on how illegal border crossings are at a historic low in recent years and fail to note there has been an increase in the number of illegal crossings in recent months.