In the aftermath of about 150 migrants attacking Border Patrol agents and trying to break across the border from Mexico late New Year's Eve night, the broadcast networks have barely given attention to the story as ABC ignored it entirely, CBS gave it 24 seconds Wednesday morning only, and NBC gave it a half minute at the beginning of the same day's Today with a brief followup later, while an additional 13 seconds made it onto NBC Nightly News.
On Wednesday's MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle, liberal talk radio host and frequent MSNBC guest Mark Thompson declared that baby Jesus, as an immigrant, would have been separated from his parents and might have died in detention if he had lived under President Donald Trump's rule.
On Wednesday's New Day, during a report about a group of more than 100 illegal immigrants trying to rush the border from Mexico into California that threw rocks at Border Patrol agents, CNN correspondent Leyla Santiago suggested that President Donald Trump was to blame for the violence as she cited complaints by illegal immigration advocates about the administration making it more difficult to have asylum requests accepted.
I don't think Jim VandeHei realized what a stunning admission he was making. Discussing the shutdown impasse over funding the border wall, the Axios co-founder said: "I think the [Dem] party's changed on immigration. I think the feeling that they have to appear to be really strong by supporting a lot more border security, that that has waned, and that the enthusiasm of the Democratic party is for protecting immigrants." What kind of immigrants surreptitiously cross the border? By definition, they are illegal immigrants. So VandeHei's statement amounts to a stinging indictment of the Dems. Democrats have "enthusiasm" for protecting illegal immigrants over protecting the borders of the United States.
On Friday afternoon's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, CNN contributor Sally Kohn displayed the latest example of liberals conflating legal asylum seekers with those who cross the border illegally as she claimed that Central American caravan members were not really illegal immigrants. She made this claim even though many crossed the U.S. border illegally through the desert while some tried to rush the border and had to be repelled with teargas.
On CNN, after pointing the finger at President Trump for the deaths of immigrant children at the border, Alisyn Camerota tries to cover her tracks, saying: "not to cast any blame." Right.
In the aftermath of two migrant children dying in Border Patrol custody after their fathers brought them across the border illegally, several MSNBC reporters and contributors have blamed the Trump administration for their decision to cross the desert rather than wait in line at a legal port of entry to apply for asylum.
On Saturday evening, ABC's World News Tonight was the only evening newscast that informed viewers that more than a half dozen immigrants arrested for trying to help alleged cop killer and illegal alien Gustavo Perez Arriaga evade capture are also themselves illegal aliens. Furthermore, on Thursday's The Ingraham Angle on FNC, Sheriff Adam Christianson of Stanislaus County, California, informed viewers of the travesty that the state's sanctuary law will likely prevent most of them from being handed over to ICE for deportation.
On Friday morning, CNN correspondent Dan Simon surprisingly admitted that U.S. law has sent the message to Central Americans that it is a good idea to bring childen with them to the country because it increases their chances of being able to stay, citing the mother of eight-year-old Felipe Alonzo, who recently died of the flu in Border Patrol custody.
On Friday's MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin, The Atlantic's Steve Clemons hinted that Trump administration officials are glad that children are dying in Border Control custody, and denied that detainees are treated "humanely" as he also suggested that they are not being fed or given water properly.
On Friday's Hardball, Rick Tyler became the latest allegedly right-leaning MSNBC contributor to insert blatantly liberal or anti-conservative commentary into his analysis as he accused border wall supporters of racism, asserting that they "don't want people who are not white" coming into the country. "That's what this is about," he added.
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's Morning Joe to discuss the aftermath of the death of a seven-year-old girl in Border Patrol custody, MSNBC correspondent Cal Perry slammed the Trump administration as making it "normal" for there to be "children dying in the desert." And, a bit later, correspondent Julia Ainsley suggested that the Trump administration forced migrants to illegally cross the border through the desert because entry through legal ports is not fast enough.