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Fri Aug 23, 2019, 03:24 PM

Journalist stopped by US border agent 'for being part of fake news media'

Source: The Independent (I know, I know)

A British journalist has said he was stopped at a US airport by a border agent who accused the writer of being part of the “fake news media”, a term regularly used by Donald Trump to attack media coverage he disapproves of.

James Dyer, online editor-in-chief at Empire Magazine, said he was questioned by the Customs and Border Protection agent after he displayed his journalist visa at Los Angeles International Airport border control.

“He wanted to know if I’d ever worked for CNN or MSNBC or other outlets that are ‘spreading lies to the American people’,” Mr Dyer tweeted of the incident on Thursday. “He aggressively told me that journalists are liars and are attacking their democracy.”

CNN and MSNBC are cable news channels which receive particular scorn from the president.

Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/james-dyer-journalist-us-border-patrol-lax-airport-fake-news-trump-a9076016.html

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Reply Journalist stopped by US border agent 'for being part of fake news media' (Original post)
Recursion Aug 23 OP
bluestarone Aug 23 #1
muriel_volestrangler Aug 23 #2
maxsolomon Aug 23 #4
cstanleytech Aug 23 #5
3Hotdogs Aug 23 #8
Trenzalore Aug 23 #3
Judi Lynn Aug 23 #6
betsuni Aug 23 #7
BlueIdaho Aug 24 #9
riversedge Aug 24 #10

Response to Recursion (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 03:37 PM

1. WTF?

More like rUSSIA everyday! THIS has to be stopped but how?

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Fri Aug 23, 2019, 04:03 PM

2. CBP confirm this happened (he wasn't detained, he just thought this was inappropriate)

"Yes, the incident happened," CBP spokesperson Jaime Ruiz told Newsweek, referring to allegations made by Empire Magazine writer James Dyer, who said on Thursday that a CBP officer derided him as "fake news" and inquired about whether he worked for MSNBC or CNN, both frequent targets of President Donald Trump.
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In a correspondence with Newsweek, Dyer explained his decision not to file a formal complaint, despite the urging of CBP officials.

"While I think he was out of line, I don't believe he should be singled out and potentially suffer for it," Dyer said told Newsweek. "Perhaps just CBP could better communicate what is and isn't appropriate to border personnel. I respect his right to hold whatever views he wishes. That said, I do think it was inappropriate to say that while working in an official capacity."

https://www.newsweek.com/james-dyer-immigration-los-angeles-cbp-fake-news-1455947

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 04:40 PM

4. Agent needs a reprimand, regardless.

He's not there to have opinions on journalism, let alone crackpot ones.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 04:46 PM

5. That and a transfer somewhere else that does not place them

anywhere where they can interact with the public in an official capacity.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 11:23 PM

8. I'm sure the bathrooms in the new Trump Family Friendly concentration camps need cleaning.

He could be assigned there.

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 04:05 PM

3. When a Democrat takes office in 2021 the new administration will need to De-Nazify the government

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Response to Trenzalore (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 04:55 PM

6. As soon as humanly possible. n/t

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:54 PM

7. ...

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

9. Shouldn't this read

“Former” Border Agent? I know the rules - I’m just making a point.

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Response to BlueIdaho (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 04:47 PM

10. um.. What makes you think the agent will be fired??

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