Just days after President Donald Trump held a summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, America's network and cable news outlets jumped on, and stayed on the issue of children separated from their illegal alien parents.
Never mind Capitol Hill hearings over the FBI's mishandling of Hillary Clinton's email scandal, network evening news devoted more than four hours of coverage along the border over the past week.
“They wanted to make this an embarassment for the Trump administration, they wanted to make this a political issue, this was the media doing proposition propaganda on behalf of the Democratic Party,” says Rich Noyes, director of research at the Media Research Center.
A majority of the coverage came Monday and Tuesday while lawmakers heard the DOJ report on former FBI director James Comey.
“This seems to be something where journalists made the decision to make it the story of the day and drive the political agenda, and I think to some extent they've succeeded, but this was activism not journalism,” says Noyes.
It was the exact opposite of when tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors were crossing the border in 2014.
“They spared President Barack Obama having to get a lot of the bad PR from that fiasco,” says Noyes. “Here, they chose to go the other way. They wanted to make this Donald Trump's problem, Jeff Sessions' problem, Kirstjen Nielson's problem.”
Has the coverage of the immigration story changed your opinion about border crossers?— KTRH News (@ktrhnews) June 21, 2018