NRO’s Jonah Goldberg: ‘I Am Shocked That The Press Isn’t Protesting’ Lack Of Media Access At Border Detention Centers

National Review contributing editor Jonah Goldberg had some harsh words for the media’s lack of outrage over press restrictions detention facilities for illegal immigrants. 

Goldberg appeared on the Fox News show Media Buzz on Sunday and proclaimed to be “shocked that the press isn’t protesting more the rules at these detention centers.” [See video below.] 

Goldberg's comments came after host Howard Kurtz argued that “since the botched ObamaCare rollout that the coverage has turned much more negative against President Obama than it certainly had been in the first term, in either of his elections, then you had the VA scandal, then you had Bowe Bergdahl, then you had the IRS, and the mess in Iraq.”

Kurtz then acknowledged that there was “very restrictive access” at the detention centers, which allowed the National Review writer to scold the media one last time: 

Imagine if somehow the Bush Administration had announced you can't talk to anybody in the humanitarian centers about their experience. People would have gone batty and they’re not doing that on this. 

See relevant transcript below. 


Fox News 

Media Buzz

July 13, 2014

HOWARD KURTZ: I've been saying for months since the botched ObamaCare rollout that the coverage has turned much more negative against President Obama than it certainly had been in the first term, in either of his elections, then you had the VA scandal, then you had Bowe Bergdahl, then you had the IRS, and the mess in Iraq. Would you disagree with my assessment? 

JONAH GOLDBERG: No I think that’s right. And that happens to all presidents right? In the sixth year people are just tired. They want a new figure, they start talking about the next campaign and all the rest. I am surprised, just to keep it on the border thing for one second, I am shocked that the press isn't protesting more the rules at these detention centers.  

KURTZ: Right. Very restrictive access. 

GOLDBERG: I mean, everyone wants to compare this to Katrina which I think is a ridiculous comparison on lots of levels. But imagine if somehow the Bush Administration had announced you can't talk to anybody in the humanitarian centers about their experience. People would have gone batty and they’re not doing that on this.

Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center.