CBS kept up its slanted reporting about the proposed border security amendment to the Gang of Eight's immigration bill on Saturday and Monday's CBS This Morning. Nancy Cordes trumpeted how "the plan, worked out by Senate Republicans, devotes even more resources to border security than conservatives were calling for." Cordes also spotlighted how "some Democrats called it overkill."
The correspondent later pointed out that "some are calling [the amendment] a border surge", which would end up "flooding the border with infrared cameras, radar equipment, and drones."
detailed in her Saturday report that the amendment would include
"20,000 new border control agents [and] $3.2 billion worth of border
surveillance equipment, including infrared cameras and drones." She
underlined her "overkill" line with a clip of liberal Senator Patrick
Leahy making a hyperbolic claim about the border security measure: "It is going to militarize hundreds of American communities in the Southwest."
On Monday, the CBS journalist echoed Tamron Hall's description of the legislation from Friday's Today on NBC:
NANCY CORDES: Tonight's vote is on an amendment to strengthen border security – doubling the number of border patrol agents and completing 700 miles of new fencing, while flooding the border with infrared cameras, radar equipment, and drones. The $46 billion plan – that some are calling a border surge – was designed to appeal to Republicans, who felt there was too little emphasis in the original bill on preventing illegal border crossings.
Earlier, Cordes led the segment by noting that the amendment " would send unprecedented resources to the southern border, in exchange for some Republican backing for the larger bill."
The full transcripts of Nancy Cordes' reports from Saturday and Monday's CBS This Morning: