The unlawful immigration inflow alongside the U.S. southern border has worsened each month since President Biden took workplace, however the liberal broadcast networks have primarily stopped overlaying the disaster. According to the newest statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Security, encounters alongside the southern border rose to a 21-year excessive of 212,672 in July.
That’s up from 173,283 in March, a 23 p.c enhance, and it brings to 1,035,353 the entire variety of border encounters in simply the primary six months of the Biden administration (February to July 2021). For context, that’s 490% extra than the 175,468 encounters reported throughout the identical six months in 2020, the final yr of the Trump administration.
But whereas the truth alongside the border is worse than ever, protection of the disaster on the ABC, CBS and NBC night newscasts has slowed to a trickle: Just 4 minutes and 20 seconds for your complete month of July (together with weekends), down an astonishing 96 p.c from the Biden-era peak of 113 minutes in March.
And on August 12, when the horrible July border statistics had been launched, not one of the three broadcast night newscasts bothered to even point out them — however all three discovered time for the most recent developments within the authorized cleaning soap opera surrounding singer Britney Spears.
This sag in TV information protection started in April, as the quantity of night information protection of the border surge dropped 61% (to 44 minutes), although the state of affairs on the border had really deteriorated in comparison with March. TV information continued to tune out in May, with simply 26 minutes of protection minutes of protection that month, though as soon as once more the official numbers confirmed a rise in border crossings.
In June, night information protection really rose to 54 minutes, however half of that (27 minutes) was dedicated to Vice President Kamala Harris’s journeys that month to Guatemala and Mexico, after which the Texas-Mexico border. Without Harris’s journey, protection would have been about the identical as in May, even because the official numbers worsened but once more.
And whereas the July numbers present extra border encounters than any previous month, night information protection has now nearly disappeared. Not even information that the Biden administration was releasing COVID-positive migrants into the group might stir the printed networks to motion.
In July, the NBC Nightly News generated simply 3 minutes, 43 seconds of border protection, whereas ABC’s World News Tonight managed a mere 37 seconds. That’s nonetheless higher than the CBS Evening News, which by no means talked about the migrant disaster in any respect in July.
Since we started monitoring in March, NBC Nightly News has been probably the most diligent in overlaying the border, with 107 minutes of protection in the course of the previous 5 months. ABC’s World News Tonight produced simply 79 minutes of protection, whereas the CBS Evening News devoted simply 56 minutes to the subject.