Despite seeming to lose his way from the American conservative point of view, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki something that so many Americans have been wondering in recent days: what’s the deal with the kids at the southern border.
More specifically, why is the Biden administration, and Paski’s boss, President Joe Biden, keeping photographers from taking images and footage of what’s happening along the southern border.
During an interview with Psaki on “Fox News Sunday,” Wallace took the press secretary to task about the Biden administration being “less transparent than the Trump administration” on the way children and other migrants were being treated.
According to The Blaze, Wallace his line of questioning pointing out that Americans only knew about the happenings at migrant detention centers because of the tours being taken by United States representatives and the media they have released of the facilities from their trips.
“These kids are living in these conditions now. They’re not living in these conditions some indeterminate time from now when the president says everything will be fixed,” Wallace said. “So why not allow reporters and camera crews in on a pool basis safely to take pictures and show the American people what’s happening in those Border Patrol facilities right now?”
Psaki’s response to the quest was to claim that the entire Biden administration is “absolutely committed” to providing media access.
“When?” Wallace shot back.
According to the Biden administration press officer they provided Fox News with access to the facility last week and in fact, the administration isn’t blocking anyone from reporting on the issue of keeping them from the crucial areas. They are, however, limiting access because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
That response didn’t sit well with Wallace, however, who said that Fox News was not given access to Border Patrol migrant detention facility, but rather a different facility operated by the Department of Health and Human Services.
“Just to clarify, Jen, you allowed a camera crew in to see the HHS facilities. What we’re talking about here are the Border Patrol facilities, the detention cells,” Wallace pointed out as Psaki attempted to interrupt. “There is a law — let me just finish — that they are not allowed to be there for more than 72 hours, many of them are there for 10 days.”
“At this point, in terms of allowing access to Border Patrol facilities for reporters, you are being less transparent than the Trump administration,” Wallace added.
For Biden, his entire time in office has been plagued with comparisons to the previous administration which was so very effective on the southern border. Despite his work to keep illegals out of the U.S., the previous president was hammered by the mainstream media who seemed to prefer to give him more grief over his administration at large and the stance he took against progressive policies than to see the good that a strong border could do for the United States.
Award-winning photojournalist John Moore said he was even forced to photograph the United States-Mexico border crisis from the Mexico side of the border.
“I have photographed CBP under Bush, Obama, and Trump but now — zero access is granted to media,” Moore said earlier this month. ” Until now, US photojournalists haven’t needed to stand in another country to photograph what’s happening — in the United States.”
When Biden was finally confronted over the media access issue last week, the reporter asked when journalists would be allowed access to the areas they haven’t been being allowed, in order to document the conditions migrants are being kept in, Biden answered saying, “I don’t know.”