According to reports, Bill Melugin of Fox News is upsetting the White House by bringing attention to the escalating border situation.
What specifics are there?
Melugin worked as an investigative reporter in Los Angeles before joining Fox News as a national correspondent in April of last year.
The Biden administration is concerned that his viral films and Fox News’ coverage of the crisis are exposing the seriousness of the issue. His work has mostly focused on illustrating to Americans the awful depth of the border situation.
Administration officials have reportedly expressed “growing irritation” with Melugin’s reporting, according to Politico’s West Wing Playbook.
Their issue? According to the West Wing Playbook, they think Melugin’s writing has “an alarmist aspect to it, meant to fuel political narratives rather than elucidate the real problems fueling the migrant influx.”
Added examples from the West Wing Playbook
“The Biden team has voiced dissatisfaction with the network’s coverage of the issue, which places more emphasis on the sheer volume of migrants than on elucidating the underlying causes of the problem, according to a previous administration official that used to work on immigration matters, according to West Wing Playbook. Another administration source thinks that any time there are negative headlines for conservatives in the media, the conservative network intensifies its border coverage.”
Ironically, Politico asserted Melugin’s reporting is “fueling fears about caravans of immigrants” despite the reality that actual caravans of migrants are entering the United States and more than 2 million people did so in the fiscal year 2022, while also pointing out that Melugin practices real journalism thru “on-the-ground coverage.”
Over the past week, the White House has called out Fox News twice, alleging that the network received information regarding migrant travels.
Last Monday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre asserted that Fox News had been informed that migrants were landing outside the Naval Observatory, where Vice President Kamala Harris’s official residence is at.
“The fact that Fox News was informed about a plan to abandon migrants, which included children, on the sidewalk of a busy D.C. street clearly indicates that this is simply a cruel, preplanned political stunt,” she said. “Fox News — and not the DHS, the city, or local NGOs — were notified about the plan.”
However, there is no proof that Fox News was informed.
On Tuesday, Jean-Pierre repeated the same accusations, but once more, she did not back them up with any facts.