TV sta­tion backs off ac­cu­sa­tion that CNN played pol­i­tics

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CLASSIFIEDS/ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — An ex­ec­u­tive at a San Diego tele­vi­sion sta­tion that ac­cused CNN of re­ject­ing an ap­pear­ance by one of its re­porters for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons con­ceded Fri­day he didn’t re­ally know why the net­work turned him down.

After CNN reached out to KUSITV to see if re­porter Dan Plante would come on the air Thurs­day to talk about how a bor­der bar­rier was work­ing in the San Diego area, the seg­ment never hap­pened.

CNN said plans change all the time, and that the net­work chose to have its own re­porters talk about bor­der se­cu­rity. But KUSI saw other mo­ti­va­tions.

Steve Co­hen, KUSI’s news di­rec­tor, said he told CNN that it might not want Plante be­cause his re­port­ing has con­cluded that a bor­der wall there has worked well, and that such a con­clu­sion might not fit the ca­ble net­work’s “nar­ra­tive” against the wall. He said he never got a call back.

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