After it spent almost a full week promoting the new discredited story concerning the Border Patrol agents allegedly whipping illegal immigrants from Haiti that were trying to cross the U.S. border into Texas, CNN has now taken to pushing back against the “faulty media narrative,” all while not retracting, or even bringing up, its own misstatements.
CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter, media reporter Oliver Darcy, and news anchor Jake Tapper all spoke out about the erroneous reports that came from social media.
“How can DHS claim to have an independent investigation into these Border Patrol agents, when the president says, quote, ‘Those people will pay,’ and you say the images ‘horrified us’?” asked Tapper of Alejandro Mayorkas, the Homeland Security Secretary, as part of the “State of the Union,” that took place on Sunday.
Mayorkas then seemed to dig in further stating “what those images suggest, what they appeared to portray, was horrifying.”
“But that’s the thing,” stated Tapper in response. “Some of the initial descriptions of those images were just patently false. There’s now video out there that provides more context. Having seen the video, are you certain that there was actually wrongdoing?”
He went on to ask the secretary, “Can the Border Patrol count on you and President Biden, who has said that people will pay, to come to a determination based on the facts and not based on Twitter outrage?”
Mayorkas then seemed to insist that law enforcement could count on a fair hearing, talking of the Border Patrol agents’ “heroism,” “commitment to this country, their talent and tireless dedication to mission. I’m incredibly proud to work alongside them.”
“The nice words you said about [Border Patrol], you should probably share with President Biden — not just with me today,” responded Tapper.
WATCH: CNN's Jake Tapper calls out the Biden administration for "patently false" descriptions of mounted Border Patrol agents in Texas.
"The nice words you said about [Border Patrol], you should probably share with President Biden—not just with me today." pic.twitter.com/yUI3c0irJ9
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Brian Stelter went on to discuss the “faulty media narrative involving” whips with Darcy while on “Reliable Sources.”
“Do you feel like some news outlets who didn’t do enough, weren’t scrutinizing that narrative enough on day one, or hour one, and that’s what went wrong?” questioned Stelter.
Darcy when on to admit that “perhaps” journalists “probably should have looked a little more into the matter, talked to people on the ground” before attempting to sensationalize it. ”
“This spread quite quickly” stated Darcy. “Some news organizations were more careful than others.”
He went on to say, inaccurately, that the story did not even penetrate the legacy media’s reporting itself. “This wasn’t something where major news organizations were running with this [Border Patrol ‘whipping’ story],” he stated. “It was something where journalists, maybe, were commenting on social media about some viral images.”