TV station backs off accusation that CNN played politics

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"Especially if the wall works in San Diego". Fenced off since 2010, the border here represents the first few miles of President Trump's long-promised border wall and was constructed in June previous year.

CNN responded in a statement, "We called several local stations to book someone for a show".

In the third example, CNN asked a local San Diego affiliate to report on the effectiveness of the city's border wall.

ANNA LAUREL: Knowing this, CNN declined to have us on their programs, which often present the wall as not required and other places like the stretch of the Texas border the president visited earlier today. Backed up by Border Patrol agents, walls and fences work, Plante found in his reporting.

KUSI digital content manager Mike McKinnon III wrote on the network's website, "We believe CNN declined a report from KUSI because we informed them that most Border Patrol agents we have spoken to told us the barrier does in fact work".

"That happens many times every single day", the spokesperson told Fox News.

A report from The Associated Press on Friday seemed to signal that the local outlet may have been backtracking its initial accusation, but KUSI said on its Twitter that it "stands by our original story". His round table discussion with local authorities created a gloomy picture of a crisis involving murder, drugs and human trafficking.

CNN's reporting has been notoriously anti-Trump, but anchor Jim Acosta accidentally threw his support behind the president's border wall when he traveled to the U.S. -Mexico border and posted a video of him walking along a border barrier he called "tranquil".

There are no migrants trying to rush toward this fence here...'

On Thursday, Reuters reported the discovery of the charred remains of 21 people "killed in a suspected gang battle" in a Mexican border town adjacent to where President Donald Trump met with border security officials.

While Acosta found no evidence of a national crisis, CNN later reported that Mexican authorities found 20 burned bodies on a dirt road 50 miles away on the Mexican side of the border.

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