The Media Blacks Out American Border Patrol’s Patriotic Efforts

The Media Blacks Out American Border Patrol’s Patriotic Efforts

Glenn Spencer Confirms Our Worst Fears: The Media Blacks Out American Border Patrol’s Patriotic Efforts
From: Glenn Spencer (e-mail him)
Here’s the anatomy of a media black out.
I spent the three months preparing for a news conference at the National Press Club scheduled for January 14, 2009.
On December 10 and January 6, I flew aerial surveillance missions along the border. I then used the mission data, together with data from other missions flown over the past two years, to form the story I would tell in Washington, D.C.
I’ve never given a better presentation. I told the compelling and true story, with all its national significance, of our open border with Mexico.
To make sure the media and others would be there, American Border Patrol paid PR Newswire extra to use its special Homeland Security microlist for our press release. I called and e-mailed reporters I knew, including Jerry Seper of the Washington Times, just to make sure they would attend.
Thursday morning I arose about 3 A.M. to do the finishing touches on my presentation.
We left the hotel about 7:30 for the 9 A.M. conference. Traffic, made worse by vendor trucks rushing to get their junk into D.C. before roads were closed for the inauguration, was horrible. As we drove past hundreds and hundreds of porta-potties and lines of tents set up for the January 20th shindig, I worried that we wouldn't arrive on time. We did, with ten minutes to spare.
The Holeman Lounge at the Press Club is very impressive (and expensive), and we had arranged for a 60" plasma TV for the presentation. We had four large posters (cost - $600) with incredible graphics. Everything was perfect as I put a stack of professionally prepared press packages on a table near the entrance
We were ready.
But no one came. Not one member of the press or media showed up. There were friends in the audience, but no reporters to get the story.
I gave the presentation anyway and our friends agreed that the story was probably too important to be told to the public.
That is why we were blacked out.
I was disappointed at the lack of a turnout, and a little depressed – what a waste of American Border Patrol's money. Even Seper, who I was sure would attend, didn’t come. (Contact information for Seper here)
But after thinking about it, I have decided it was a good investment after all. ABP had paid for airtight proof that it is being blacked out by the media.
Looking back over the past year I now realize that the press blackout of ABP has been going on for some time.
In January of last year I traveled to Washington, D.C. to present ABP's year-end report on the border.
At one point I spent an hour with Seper in his Washington Times office. Seper told me that the paper would no doubt run a big story on American Border Patrol's work. It never happened. In fact, it never even mentions us.
In the past year, Radio France, a crew from Finnish Television (YLE TV), Tages Anzeiger, the German language Swiss national daily newspaper, ARD (German Radio), BFM TV from France, TV 4 from Sweden and Five News from London visited us.

I took most of these people on an aerial tour of the border and I have been told their stories have been running all across Europe. In the past ABP has also been visited by TV crews from all over Asia. ABP is well known, it seems, everywhere but in the U.S.
On September 14 the Sierra Vista Herald ran a big story about how ABP challenged Department of Homeland Security’s border fence construction figures.
The reporter, Jonathan Shacat, said he thought bigger papers would pick up the story. They didn't. (Kudos to Shacat here and his editor here.)
The Herald ran a follow-up story on October 5, but no one picked that one up either.
Both stories included interviews with DHS/CBP officials. Reporter Shacat told me that he had a long conversation with Angela de Rocha, public affairs officer for Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection, during which she said American Border Patrol is doing a valuable service for the American people.
On October 10, ABP held a press conference in Tucson to discuss our differences with the DHS regarding the border fence. We used PR Newswire and our Arizona list to notify the media.
No one came then either. A reporter with a Tucson TV station e-mailed me and said he asked the station to cover the news conference, but it didn't. He couldn't explain why.
After that failed press conference Sean Holsteage of the Arizona Republic e-mailed me and made arrangements to fly with ABP on its next border mission.
It was all set for November 10th. At the last minute, he notified me that his boss (contact information here) cancelled the trip, citing insurance issues. This was complete nonsense. Had they asked we would have told them ABP has insurance through the AOPA.
And, reporters are in the business of getting into the "real world." In fact, last November reporters were injured in a hot-air balloon accident near Yuma.
If reporters are assigned to fly in a hot-air balloon, a very dangerous activity, it makes no sense that one would be prohibited from flying in a fixed-wing airplane flown by an instrument-rated pilot with more than 6,000 accident-free flying hours.
The evidence is very clear. The media bosses in the United States are doing everything they can to keep the truth about the border away from the American People. The absence of reporters at the National Press Club was final proof that they are very afraid of what American Border Patrol has to say.
When it comes to the border, the media bosses are treating the American people like mushrooms – keeping them in the dark and feeding them manure
I was let down about what happened in D.C., but not discouraged.
In fact, I am energized by knowing that, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the media fears American Border Patrol so much that it’s willing to sacrifice any sense of fairness and balance to censor us.
We will find other ways to reach the American people, not only with the truth about the border, but with the truth about how they are being manipulated by the power-elite.
We may be blacked out but we won't be silenced.
Spencer is every immigration reform patriot’s hero because of his tireless efforts on America’s behalf. He founded American Border Patrol, an invaluable website that documents illegal alien activities and crossings. Glenn’s previous letter about border security is here.

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 9:07 AM

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 9:28 AM

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Buenos Dios ebearo

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 9:41 AM

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eoso still waiting.

Yeah right my check is in the mail, trust me senor...lol
This is stupido, I have a tilde ~ on my keyboard but can't put it above the word as needed. Stupidio Gringos.
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5 years 18 weeks ago, 10:13 AM

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same ole same ole Sam

just chillen on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon...Went biking with the Mrs.. took the dog for a walk . wife wants a new fridge...so its off to Best Buy....then I'll have a few cold ones and pass out!!!!whats your deal???

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on no steekun fridges. There are guns and ammo to buy.

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assume that you made her happy this morning. Did she say that you needed a new foreend? LOL

5 years 18 weeks ago, 10:24 AM

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in this order...nailed her last nite, went for a bike ride with her at 9 am. made breakfast at 9.45. took dog out for a walk at 10 30. and took shower walked around naked , talked to you....fridge is next....then beer.....Sunday is my only off day.....

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 11:33 AM

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ryo not sure if article like such above is politic or not. is it politic that keep the reporter people away ka is it economic or economic politic ka is this case of racism on part of people who not interest in publishing something about illegal immigrant and border patrol story ka am sorry that seem to have so many question. it just seem everything was so well prepare in advance and nobody from media come. ryo even wonder if there was concerted effort on part of some one or some group that contact the media in advance and ask or tell them not to come, not to cover story and not to publish presentation. ryo very curious about these thing. would be possible for ojiisan to comment and explain further so ryo can understand too ka

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 11:46 AM

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It is a concerted effort of the Mass Democratic/Socialist Media to suppress illegal immigrant news. They don't want the bad stuff in the paper. All you will ever see is about the poor "undocumented workers" read Illegal immigrants in the news. The democrats want the illegals some 20 million now in the US made citizens and voila 20 million more Democrats to vote. They even make the ballot in bi-lingual. When I lived in California, the ballot came in Chinese, 3 dialects, Japanese, Phillipino, Mexican/Spanish, and about 4 or 5 others. I thought that learning English was the road to citizenship. When I went to school in the late 40's to the 60's alot of my friends were nisei and other 1st generation born. They learned English, their parents made sure. They also suceeded.
The Socialist want this country and capitalism to fail.

5 years 18 weeks ago, 11:50 AM

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it is pure, raw elections politics. Liberal democrats want to fill the U.S. with Mexicans, central Americans and anyone else who's vote they can buy.
The main stream media in the U.S. has it's nose a yard up the democrats asses.
Fairly simple, no?

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 12:04 PM

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read exchange between ryo and samD and you maybe understand better how ryo feel because our family, about century and half ago, come to this country from our native Nihon, as legal immigrants. ryo respect idea of "Melting Pot" but have little respect for idea of, "Toss Salad". idea still seem more complicate than the fairly simple idea you give above. but know this, ryo is friend and alway respect what you have to say.
ryo will now leave away from talk of politic and turn back to main interest of the science and math and practical experience with weaponry.

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 12:14 PM

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Later

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 11:55 AM

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ryo also thought learning english was road to citizenship. ryo's family learn to speak english when first immigrate legally to America in late 1860s after Civil War. spent 20 sai in Hawaii to raise next generation to be native english speakers too before moving to the mainland. ryo family is example of how any good family from any country can come to America legally and with right attitude to work hard and become part of American dream. if people want to be part of our country it not so very hard. learn english. raise next generation to be native english speakers. work hard. be honest. follow golden rule. pay fair share of taxes. be free to follow dreams neh. is such too much to ask of anyone who wish to come and share in our American Dream ka

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