To paraphrase The Washington Post’s motto, democracy dies at CNN? Network correspondent Jeff Zeleny on Thursday wasn’t upset with the Biden administration’s blatant refusal to allow press access to their kids in cages debacle at the border. The journalist dismissed as “largely irrelevant” Biden’s comment at a press conference that he can’t let the American people see the mass incarcerated children until the situation is less terrible.
Anchor Jake Tapper appeared bewildered by Biden’s press conference answer to whether he would allow reporters in, calling it “not really in keeping with the transparency that he promised in terms of leveling with the American people.”
Zeleny responded by basically saying that it didn’t matter:
Well Jake, I mean, the reality is whether they let the news media in so the public can see, we should always point out that’s what this is about, the American people being able to see their government at work here. Whether he does that or not is largely irrelevant because members of Congress on both sides have made clear that the images that they have seen there are unacceptable.