NewsBusters Podcast: Touting Biden in 'Dueling Speeches' at the Border

March 1st, 2024 10:18 PM

On Thursday, President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump traveled to Texas towns at the southern border to tout their immigration plans. But the networks and the New York Times podcasters touted Biden's ridiculous claims about being staunch on the border while feeling a need to 'fact check' Trump.

ABC anchorman David Muir perfectly summarized the Biden spin as his own take: “President Biden...urging Republicans to reconsider that bipartisan senate border bill, killed by Republicans in the house at the urging of Donald Trump. It was considered the strongest bipartisan immigration security plan in years.”

CBS reporter Ed O'Keefe uncorked spin against Trump. He "continued exploiting a crisis that he couldn’t solve either, hoping it’ll put him back in the White House.” The number of border "encounters" has quadrupled, and CBS is blurred them together? O'Keefe also complained Trump “sought to falsely connect Biden to the recent murder of a murder of a Georgia nursing student by Venezuelan migrant who entered the country illegally in 2022.”

That would be unfair, to connect Biden to a death? Interesting, since CBS in 2019 was aiding Democrat presidential candidates in connecting a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso to Trump.

NBC reporter Gabe Gutierrez used the ten-foot distancing words, like Trump assailed “what he calls lax border policies,” and as he mentioned the Laken Riley murder, it was Trump harping on crimes “allegedly committed by migrants.” NBC also cited a study claiming that big cities who have taken in the most illegal immigrants have seen their crime rates decrease. At least NBC noted that 57 percent in a recent poll favored Trump as the candidate to deal with the border, and Biden drew only 22 percent. 

PBS reporter Laura Barron-Lopez also wanted to "fact check" Trump and claim illegal immigrants are less likely to be criminals than native-born citizens (if you leave out the illegally immigrating part). But she let Biden claim the Senate border deal was "the toughest, most efficient, most effective border security bill this country has ever seen." It's like they never suggested Trump's border policies were offensively excessive.

The New York Times podcast The Daily (which plays on NPR stations across the country) featured host Sabrina Tavernise insisting Trump was "doubling down" on "demagoguery" on the border as he has since 2015. But Biden seeking to blame Trump for the current border crisis, she said, was like pulling off a "triple Axel" jump in figure skating.

We also touch on the latest developments with journalist Catherine Herridge, and also Politico's "democracy investigator" Heidi Pryzbyla semi-apologizing for suggesting Christians were weirdos to think their rights and freedoms came from God. 

Enjoy the podcast below, or wherever you listen to podcasts.