Earlier this week, NBC News reported the Biden administration has effectively issued a gag order for the Border Patrol to avoid poor coverage of the chaotic scenes on the border.
Hmm… It wasn’t that long ago that the media were traipsing through detention centers and reporting on “deplorable” and “inhumane” conditions. Now they aren’t singing the same song and aren’t complaining very loudly about the administration blocking them out.
The Biden administration is restricting the information Border Patrol agents and sector chiefs can share with the media as a surge of migrants tests the agency’s capacity at the southern border, according to two current and two former Customs and Border Protection officials.
The officials say the restrictions are seen as an unofficial “gag order” and are often referred to that way among colleagues. The officials requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media about the topic.
Border Patrol officials have been told to deny all media requests for “ride-alongs” with agents along the southern border; local press officers are instructed to send all information queries, even from local media, to the press office in Washington for approval; and those responsible for cultivating data about the number of migrants in custody have been reminded not to share the information with anyone to prevent leaks, the officials said.
When pressed on the issue, White House Press Secretary Jan Psaki responded by saying that Joe Biden still supports transparency, but she then went on to put the responsibility for allowing reporters in on the shoulders of DHS and HHS, saying there were concerns over COVID protocols and “the privacy of people who are staying in those facilities.”
So the administration gags DHS and HHS, then claims that allowing reporters on the scene is up to DHS and HHS? Sounds a bit circular.