Update, 1/11/2019, 11:07 a.m.: A spokesperson for CNN reached out to TheBlaze to provide the following statement on the story:
We called several local stations to book someone for a show. We didn't end up booking any of them. That happens many times every single day. We did, however, book a reporter from KUSI for a story on immigration and the border wall on CNN in November. This is a non-story.
Original story below.
A San Diego television station reportedly caught CNN attempting to push an anti-border wall narrative on Thursday when CNN didn't hear what they wanted to hear in requesting a report from the station.
What are the details?
The station, KUSI-TV, reported that someone from CNN called the KUSI newsroom for a local perspective of the fiery debate centered on the U.S.-Mexico border.
KUSI reportedly provided previous reports that the border wall had been every effective after CNN asked for the "local view" on the border wall.
According to KUSI, CNN reportedly "declined to hear" from them after positing a pro-wall argument.
KUSI's Mike McKinnnon III wrote, "Thursday morning, CNN called the KUSI Newsroom asking if one of our reporters could give them a local view of the debate.
"KUSI offered our own Dan Plante, who has reported dozens of times on the border, including one story from 2016 that was retweeted by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, and posted on DrudgeReport.com," McKinnon added.
The report went on to express that the station believes CNN declined to use the report "because we informed them that most Border Patrol agents we have spoken to told us the barrier does, in fact, work."
McKinnon added, "We have continuously been told by Border Patrol agents that the barrier along the southern border helps prevent illegal entries, drugs, and weapons from entering the United States, and the numbers prove it."
The station also shared a video report on the CNN request on Twitter.
The video's caption stated, "Thursday morning, @CNN called the KUSI Newsroom asking if a reporter could give them a local view of the debate surrounding the border wall and government shutdown. After we informed them about our past reports, they declined to hear from us."
Thursday morning, @CNN called the KUSI Newsroom asking if a reporter could give them a local view of the debate surrounding the border wall and government shutdown. After we informed them about our past reports, they declined to hear from us.
More info: https://t.co/RX4mB6EdNE pic.twitter.com/r0SAvWxFIm
— KUSI News (@KUSINews) January 11, 2019