Last fall, the networks hyped the now-false claim that Border Agents attacked and “whipped” migrants at the border. But when a heroic National Guardsman drowned while attempting to rescue illegals in the Rio Grande river, CBS and NBC buried the story, allowing no coverage. ABC allowed a scant 20 seconds.
Soldier Bishop E. Evans of Arlington, Texas went missing on Friday after trying to save two migrants. He was presumed dead for two days and his body was found on Monday. Here’s the only coverage (all 20 seconds) so far from Saturday’s Good Morning America. (The reporter is Whit Johnson.)
And happening now, the search for a member of the Texas Army National Guard. The soldier disappeared while patrolling the Rio Grande Friday. Part of the state's operation crackdown on illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Witnesses reportedly say the soldier jumped into the river trying to save a migrant crossing into the U.S. but they never saw him come back.
To their credit, the journalists and shows at Univision and Telemundo covered the heroic story of Evans through multiple shows. Thanks to MRC Latino for this video montage from both networks:
Fox News covered the drowning all weekend as well:
It was just last Thursday that CBS mocked Texas and the state’s National Guard troops for an “expensive political stunt” to secure the border. Regarding Operation Lone Star, reporter Lilia Luciano derided:
Well, we spent the last two days touring the border by land, air, and water to get a deeper understanding of exactly how Operation Lone Star works and why is Texas spending about $3 billion of taxpayer money on efforts that are mostly under the jurisdiction of the federal government, something that critics of Governor Greg Abbott have called an expensive political stunt.
On Monday, while the Today show’s journalists couldn’t be bothered to cover the heroic National Guardsman, reporter Morgan Chesky at least noted the impending disaster of the Biden administration ending Title 42:
That measure, put in place by the Trump administration, has blocked more than 1.7 million attempts to cross the southern border. In March alone, accounting for half of the migrants expelled. Now, Republicans say repealing Title 42 will lead to a bigger spike of migrants entering the United States.