After a week of propagating the erroneous allegation that Border Patrol officials whipped undocumented immigrants from Haiti attempting to cross the US-Mexico border in Texas, CNN pushed back against the “faulty media narrative” – without admitting or even addressing its own errors.
They were joined by CNN media journalist Brian Stelter, CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy, and CNN news anchor Jake Tapper, who all spoke out against the false reports that were spreading on 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’?” Tapper questioned Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Sunday’s “State of the Union.”
Mayorkas doubled down that “what those images suggest, what they appeared to portray, was horrifying.”
“But that’s the thing,” Tapper responded. “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 pressed 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 stressed that law enforcement can expect a fair hearing, praising Border Patrol employees for their “heroism,” “commitment to this country, their talent, and unflinching commitment to mission.” I’m ecstatic to work alongside them.”
“The nice words you said about [Border Patrol], you should probably share with President Biden — not just with me today,” Tapper replied.
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
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 26, 2021