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WH & Politico lament there's "A Doocy on the border"
« on: September 21, 2022, 07:13:34 PM »
There’s a tall Fox News reporter in his mid-30s with slicked back hair and an air of combative indignation who is getting under the skin of some people in JOE BIDEN’s administration. And he’s not PETER DOOCY.

BILL MELUGIN, a former local Los Angeles Emmy-winning reporter, has become a growing presence online and in broader political circles as Fox’s go-to reporter at the U.S. southern border. He’s done hundreds of television hits since joining the network last year, largely from border states, where he often focuses on the historic flow of migrants that are overwhelming communities there.

In recent days, several current and former White House and administration officials expressed to West Wing Playbook their increasing frustration with his on-air coverage, arguing that there is an alarmist quality to it, designed to feed political narratives rather than illuminate the actual issues feeding the migrant flow. Last week, he was the first to break the news that Florida Gov. RON DESANTIS chartered two planes to transport 50 Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard to make a political statement about immigration. He followed up that story with appearances on Fox News opinion primetime — which some of Fox’s straight news reporters notably avoid — and a series of exclusives on DeSantis’ escalating fight with the Biden White House over migrants.

Immigration has been a key issue that has filled many hours of programming for Fox News since its inception. The network regularly dispatches people to the border to cover illegal border crossings, stoking fears about caravans of immigrants. The coverage is often accompanied by stories of crimes committed, despite studies showing the immigrants have a lower propensity for committing such acts.

But Melugin has helped usher in a new style of coverage of the issue by the network. He is part of a more technologically savvy generation of Fox reporters and producers whose work leans more heavily on on-the-ground reporting augmented by soaring aerial drone footage of migrants crossing the border. The technique gives the story a dramatic visual scale that Fox pundits use to bolster their arguments about the enormity of the problem (Fox has built up its flight team in recent years to incorporate aerial drone footage into the network’s coverage.)

Last year, Fox clashed with the Federal Aviation Administration over its use of drones to cover border migration in Texas after claiming the agency temporarily restricted drone use in the area. (The FAA said it first learned of drones being grounded from Fox reports claiming the agency was “trying to keep Fox News from covering what is happening.”)

As Melugin has become an increasingly visible figure on the network, his coverage has caught the attention of the White House, which has become increasingly irritated by his reporting. During a press conference last week, press secretary KARINE JEAN-PIERRE noted that Fox News got the heads up on the Martha’s Vineyard flight before local, state and federal agencies.

“The fact that Fox News — and not the Department of Homeland Security, the city, or local NGOs — were alerted about a plan to leave migrants, including children, on the side of a busy D.C. street makes clear that this is just a cruel, premeditated political stunt,” she said.

One administration official who used to work on immigration issues told West Wing Playbook that the Biden team has complained about the lack of nuance in the network’s coverage of the topic, which focuses more on the number of migrants rather than explaining the root causes of the situation. Another administration official believes that the conservative network amps up border coverage whenever there are bad headlines for conservatives in the news.

The White House has remained extremely sensitive to immigration issues in part because it’s been a political vulnerability for Biden.

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Re: WH & Politico lament there's "A Doocy on the border"
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2022, 10:17:05 PM »
It's 'award-winning' reporting that won't win any of the traditional awards, which are bygone now.  Defunct.

The obvious WH-embarrassment is that these people in the reports aren't asylum-seekers. 
Watch more television.

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Re: WH & Politico lament there's "A Doocy on the border"
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2022, 06:19:06 AM »
Funny how none of them mention Martha's Vineyard calling in the military to remove the immigrants from their backyard.

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Re: WH & Politico lament there's "A Doocy on the border"
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2022, 06:22:40 AM »
Funny how none of them mention Martha's Vineyard calling in the military to remove the immigrants from their backyard.

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Re: WH & Politico lament there's "A Doocy on the border"
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2022, 08:10:26 AM »
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“The fact that Fox News — and not the Department of Homeland Security, the city, or local NGOs — were alerted about a plan to leave migrants, including children, on the side of a busy D.C. street makes clear that this is just a cruel, premeditated political stunt,” she said.

Now apply that logic to FBI raids of the past couple years against Trump and Trump supporters. And after that, explain why DeSantis or Abbott would give DHS and other Federal agencies time to stop, turn around, or otherwise interfere with moving willing illegals to large sanctuary cities.
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