ABC/CBS/NBC Hail Biden’s ‘Olive Branch’ on Border, Sneer at Trump ‘Exploiting’ Crisis

March 1st, 2024 10:48 PM

With ABC, CBS, and NBC fresh off of their pathetic display of obsequiousness on behalf of President Biden after his 2024 physical, they remained affixed to being the apple of the Biden regime’s eye as, between Thursday night and Friday morning, they hailed Biden demanding the GOP “put border security above politics” and extending an “olive branch” to Donald Trump despite his attempts to continue “exploiting” a crisis.

As per NBC’s contention, this was despite illegal immigrants posing very little danger (if at all) to the public, claiming they’re not a security risk to U.S. cities.



Thursday’s CBS Evening News was, quite simply, out of control in its partisanship. Anchor Norah O’Donnell hyped Biden as having “issued a political dare to Donald Trump, to join him in pressing House Republicans to help secure the border” while Trump “took a much different approach” by “unleashing attacks on Biden, Democrats and migrants, but not proposing a legislative solution.”

White House and campaigns correspondent Ed O’Keefe had what was in-lockstep framing across all three networks of Biden being a workhorse for Americans and Trump being a loudmouth “exploiting a crisis” and “falsely connect[ing]...Biden to the recent murder of a Georgia nursing student by a Venezuelan migrant” (click “expand”):

O’KEEFE: After a record number of illegal crossings last year, President Biden, who toured the border in Brownsville, Texas, is trying to show he’s addressing an issue that more than 60 percent of voters call a very serious concern. Just hours before the president’s arrival here in Brownsville, U.S. Border Patrol and Texas State Police say they stopped people on the other side of the border from bringing across drugs, but Chris Cabrera of the Border Patrol said that, with the illegal crossings into this part of Texas down recently, the President has come too late.

CABRERA: But I think the timing’s a little off. I mean, if he would have come a year ago, two years ago, three years ago.

O’KEEFE: Trump, who visited Eagle Pass more than 300 miles away, continued exploiting a crisis that he couldn’t solve either, hoping it’ll put him back in the White House. Allies say he’s planning mass deportations and detention camps if elected. Today, he sought to falsely connect President Biden to the recent murder of a Georgia nursing student by a Venezuelan migrant who entered the country illegally in 2022.

TRUMP: The monster that charged — charged in the death is an illegal alien migrant who was let into our country and released into our communities by crooked Joe Biden.

O’KEEFE: The President, who didn’t address Trump’s attacks, said they should work together.

Correspondent Adam Yamaguchi had a second segment along the U.S.-Mexico border in California with a standard sob story narrative about illegals “from countries around the world” “taking the first perilous steps on U.S. soil” and spoke to ones from Brazil and even Mauritania, a country in northwest Africa.

To the one from Mauritania, he fretted: “So, right now, a lot of Americans would say you shouldn’t be here.”

Tossing back to O’Donnell, he swelled with pride for these illegals: “Neither the wall, nor this rugged, punishing terrain is enough to stop the determination of these asylum seekers. This is what policymakers and border officials are up against.”

Fortunately, Friday’s CBS Mornings saw none of this and instead a pedestrian report from chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes, built largely on Biden and Trump soundbites.

If ABC’s World News Tonight were a person, Team Biden would tell them to back off because they’re too obsessed with pleasing them. Anchor David Muir boasted Thursday that Biden “urg[ed] Republicans to reconsider that bipartisan Senate border bill”, which “was considered the strongest bipartisan immigration security plan in years.”

“Donald Trump, meanwhile, in Eagle Pass,...calling it a very dangerous border, saying President Biden is to blame. President Biden with a different approach, with an invitation to Donald Trump, asking Trump to help urge Republicans to get this done. Biden arguing, this is about serving the American people and addressing this issue now,” a complaint Muir added.

Speaking of compliant, chief Biden apple polisher Mary Bruce huffed that Biden has had to spend time “confronting a growing challenge” and “political liability” “for his administration and his campaign: Illegal border crossings hitting record highs”.

Earth to Mary: This is a crisis for the country, not just Ol’ Joe!

As she would do on Friday’s Good Morning America, she used a Border Patrol union official to try and drive a wedge between them and Trump (click “expand”):

BRUCE: Even the conservative Border Patrol union supports the bill. Today in Texas, I asked them why. [TO CABRERA] What’s the biggest impact of Washington failing to pass that bill?


BRUCE [TO CABRERA]: Former President Trump urged Republicans not to pass that deal. What did you make of that?

CABRERA: Well, I mean, that’s politics for you. [SCREEN WIPE] Was it a perfect bill? Nah, it wasn’t a perfect bill. But it’s better than the status quo what’s going on now.

In contrast to Trump railing against Biden, Bruce gushed the current President took “a much different strategy, urging the former President to put border security above politics to help solve the problem now.”

On the aforementioned Friday AM show, Bruce had help from co-host and former Clinton official George Stephanopoulos, who in part framed the border visits this way. “Trump blasted Biden. Biden invited Trump to cooperate on solutions.”

Bruce explained this time that Biden went amid “mounting criticism over his handling of the immigration crisis” and used “a new tactic, an invitation to Trump to put border security above politics”.

Thursday’s NBC Nightly News followed suit from its ABC and CBS competitors by leading off with the border crisis. Anchor Lester Holt also forwarded the White House version of how the two visits were to be viewed:

The President calling out House Republicans for sinking a bipartisan border bill and extending an offer to Mr. Trump saying, “we can do it together.” The former President blaming Mr. Biden for border chaos, calling it a Joe Biden invasion. 

Senior White House correspondent Gabe Gutierrez also brought up Riley’s murder with Trump “pointing to recent high-profile crimes allegedly committed by migrants”, but his most insane moment on both newscasts came when he made this assertion, as if to downplay the border surge and inadvertently throw a dagger at the heart of parents who’ve lost loved ones to crimes committed by illegal aliens: “An NBC News review of available crime data shows crime has dipped in cities that received the most migrants.”

By the next morning on Today, Gutierrez and co-host Hoda Kotb did their part for The Cause, repeatedly cheering Biden’s remarks and claims about wanting to address the border crisis an “olive branch”.

And, like CBS’s Yamaguchi, Gutierrez dialed up the proverbial sympathy with viewers, hoping to drop their guards when it comes to letting those who came here illegally to go on their merry ways (click “expand”):

GUTIERREZ [on NBC Nightly News, 02/29/24]: Beyond the political splitscreen, desperate migrants in Mexico wait to cross. Here in Brownsville, Monica from El Salvador waits for a bus with her three-year-old son. She tells us the journey was hard, and that she spent four months waiting in Mexico for an appointment for an initial asylum screening through an app on her phone. Now, she’s off to meet family in Houston as the border battle in Washington intensifies.


GUTIERREZ [on NBC’s Today, 03/01/24]: Here at Brownsville’s bus station, we met families heading to Chicago and Houston after they waited months in Mexico for an initial asylum screening, booked through an app on their phone. The children were tired, the parents were worried.

TEAM BROWNSVILLE’s MYRA PAREDES [on NBC’s Today, 03/01/24]: These are people's lives. These are people's futures that we are basically playing with or using as a pawn. In no way or form should we ever use that for political gain.

To see the relevant transcripts from February 29, click here (for ABC), here (for CBS), and here (for NBC). To see the relevant transcripts from March 1, click here (for ABC), here (for CBS), and here (for NBC).