Media representatives are longing for the good old days of former President Donald Trump as they bemoan the media blackout President Joe Biden’s administration has put in place at border facilities housing illegal immigrants.
“The President promised things would be different. Turns out he was right, but in this case not the way we had hoped. The Trump administration allowed journalists into juvenile migrant detention facilities. [Biden] must fix this immediately,” said Dan Snelly, executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation, according to CNN.
“At a time when the southern border of the United States is undergoing a historic surge of migrants, it is more important than ever that journalists be allowed the necessary access to report accurately and independently on the Border Patrol’s response to the increased arrival of migrants and the wellbeing of those housed in Border Patrol facilities,” he said.
Shelley’s comments followed the same vein as tweets from photojournalist John Moore, who has criticized the Biden administration’s refusal to allow media representatives to observe Customs and Border Protection operations.
“I respectfully ask US Customs and Border Protection to stop blocking media access to their border operations,” Moore wrote in a Twitter post on Friday. “I have photographed CBP under Bush, Obama and Trump but now – zero access is granted to media. These long lens images taken from the Mexican side.”
I respectfully ask US Customs and Border Protection to stop blocking media access to their border operations.