As Border Crisis Grows, TV News Coverage Shrinks, Down 96%

The illegal immigration influx along the U.S. southern border has worsened every month since President Biden took office, but the liberal broadcast networks have essentially stopped covering the crisis. According to the latest statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Security, encounters along the southern border rose to a 21-year high of 212,672 in July.

That’s up from 173,283 in March, a 23 percent increase, and it brings to 1,035,353 the total number of border encounters in just the first six months of the Biden administration (February to July 2021). For context, that’s 490% more than the 175,468 encounters reported during the same six months in 2020, the last year of the Trump administration.

But while the reality along the border is worse than ever, coverage of the crisis on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts has slowed to a trickle: Just four minutes and 20 seconds for the entire month of July (including weekends), down an astonishing 96 percent from the Biden-era peak of 113 minutes in March.

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And on August 12, when the terrible July border statistics were released, none of the three broadcast evening newscasts bothered to even mention them — but all three found time for the latest developments in the legal soap opera surrounding singer Britney Spears.


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