NewsNation host Chris Cuomo gave legacy media an earful for effectively ignoring the ongoing crisis at the U.S. southern border, saying that the failure to properly cover what should have been a major story had only made the problem worse.
The former CNN host — who was fired by the network in late 2021 amid several scandals — reported from the southern border on Monday, arguing that media had glossed over the problem and claiming that both Republicans and Democrats had used the crisis for political gain.
“You heard all the politics about how there was going to be an invasion and now there’s literally almost no one here, and for you, the absence of people should be more frightening than seeing the big groups because when you see big groups, that means you know where migrants are,” Cuomo said, arguing that the absence of crowds suggested that illegal immigrants had already been taken to other parts of the country.
“The media made a big mistake taking a pass on this because we don’t have the spectacle of massive crowds, okay? The absence should be more frightening because we need to know the answer of where they are, and it really is an indication of how broken this system is,” Cuomo continued.
He went on to criticize President Joe Biden and both major political parties for failing to act on the issue, suggesting that the people who had the power and responsibility to take action often chose not to because it benefitted them politically.
“Right and Left are wholly unreasonable on this issue. The Right couldn’t wait for the hordes to come through, and then when they did and we have our president laughing, ‘Ha ha ha. It’s not as bad as you expected.’ Really? With record numbers being processed and released into America,” Cuomo continued. “It’s no laughing matter, but if it is a joke, the joke is on us, because the people in power are allowing this to continue.”
Cuomo then spoke with journalist Jorge Ventura to get more insight into the situation.
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— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) May 16, 2023