CNN was hammered Thursday for accusing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott of claiming “with out proof” that migrants might expose Texans to coronavirus, after officers stated this week greater than 100 unlawful immigrants had examined constructive and been allowed to freely journey.
“The Biden administration has been releasing immigrants in south Texas which were exposing Texans to Covid,” Abbott, a Republican, advised CNBC.
“After enjoyable state Covid restrictions this week, Abbott alleged, with out proof, that migrants coming into Texas are exposing the state’s residents to the coronavirus,” CNN reported.
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But a number of shops, together with CNN in the identical article it accused Abbott of constructing a baseless declare, reported greater than 100 unlawful immigrants launched following their arrival on the border examined constructive for coronavirus.
Felipe Romero, an official in Brownsville, Texas, advised Fox Information that the 108 positives symbolize 6.three% of the variety of whole migrants who’ve been rapid-tested on the metropolis’s foremost bus station, the place they’re being launched by the Border Patrol.
He added that Brownsville didn’t have the authority to stop those that examined constructive from touring elsewhere.
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Critics of CNN’s framing blasted the outlet on Twitter, with one conservative person calling it “one of many extra dishonest articles I’ve seen in a while.”
CNN headlined its partisan story, “Texas Gov. Abbott stalled federal provide to check migrants then blamed them for spreading Covid.” The dearth of concern over migrants probably spreading coronavirus appeared incongruent with CNN’s scolding of Abbott this week for totally opening up the state and reversing its masks mandate.
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President Biden referred to Texas and Mississippi revoking their masks mandates as “Neanderthal considering.”
Fox Information’ Greg Norman and Griff Jenkins contributed to this report.