MSNBC journalists don’t often restrain their liberal leanings. But correspondent Jacob Soboroff was even less controlled on Monday night as he accused the Trump administration of “ripping apart the fabric of society.” Talking to Late Night host Seth Meyers, he attacked the forced separation of some illegal immigrants from their parents: “They make policies that rip children away from their families and are truly ripping apart the fabric of society based on nonsense.”
Remember, this is not an opinion journalist. Soboroff does supposedly straight news reporting for NBC and MSNBC. He went on to lecture that “MS-13 is a tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny percent of the people that come through.” Tell that, for example, to the people of Long Island. According to the New York Times, the brutal gang murdered 17 people over 18 months.
Later, Soboroff adopted the belief that if you can’t solve every problem, don’t bother at all. Speaking of building a wall, the journalist scoffed: “The majority of people that come into the country illegally fly here from Asia, for the most part, and overstay their visas. And no wall is going to stop people flying in, you know, obviously, from Asia.”
As a reporter, who is Soboroff trying to please? People like far-left host Late Night host Meyers. At the end of the segment, Meyers praised: “You are doing incredible work. Thank you so much for continuing it. It's obviously very exciting for me to see you because I've been following the work you doing on TV.”
On Tuesday, Soboroff appeared on NBC’s Today and hailed Sascha Baron Cohen, the Showtime host who is ambushing politicians, as a “genius.”
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Late Night With Seth Meyers
SETH MEYERS: So you actually have been doing even before the family separation policy went in place, you had been doing a wonderful piece about the border. And you've been down and you actually spent time on every mile of the U.S./Mexico border.
JACOB SOBOROFF: 2,000 miles, yeah.
MEYERS: Which is incredible. And you, of course, I think we all have this image of the border based on the news reporting we see. You actually went down there and saw a different story than the sort of outrageous things we hear every day on the news.
SOBOROFF: It really is unbelievable to me to hear about how people, particularly the President, talk about what is going on down on the border as if it is just the most lawless, crazy area you have ever been to. It's some of the most wonderful people I've ever met in my entire life. Some of the safest cities in America are along the southern border.
The idea that drugs are flowing in where there's no wall is factually incorrect. If the President took some time to read his own DEA reports, he would know that violence is not flowing across the border. He would know that drugs are coming in through legal ports of entry. And he would know that MS-13 is a tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny percent of the people that come through. And the — I mean, basically they make policies that rip children away from their families and are truly ripping apart the fabric of society based on nonsense.
SOBOROFF: The thing that disgusts me and I will never forget is that they took these kids away from their parents and put them in cages. And I was one of the small group of journalists that's got to go inside the border patrol processing station in McAllen, Texas and see these little kids sitting around under a watchtower playing by themselves because of the idea that Donald Trump thought it would scare other people from coming into this country. And now, because there was no plan to ever put it back together, you can have kids that their parents were already deported. And they may never see them again.
MEYERS: You are doing incredible work. Thank you so much for continuing it. It's obviously very exciting for me to see you. Because I've been following the work you doing on TV.