I know it is tempting to look away. I have been trying. I have been trying to avoid the stories about the deplorable conditions at the camps near the southern border. Babies taking care of babies. Migrants pleading for help. Maybe you have been trying to avoid it too. But we can’t.
The humanitarian crisis at the border is back at the top of the national news agenda. I have been noticing this all month long — an increase in stories and columns and segments about the situation — and now it’s No. 1 for several reasons. Let’s take a closer look…
“This picture came out now for a reason.”
That’s what Chris Cuomo said on his CNN program Tuesday evening. He noted that there “was a debate within news organizations — whether to show it — [and] that’s not unusual. We’re worried about the startling effect of this grisly reality.” But the reality is, “this is terrible. Whether you’re a parent, or you just have blood pumping through their veins.”
“I can’t even look at it, Chris,” Don Lemon said at the end of Cuomo’s show.
“You must,” Cuomo said.
What are we NOT seeing?
Relying on second-hand reports
“The gut-wrenching descriptions we have of conditions at some border patrol facilities have been coming in, for the most part, from lawyers who are able to access these facilities,” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said Tuesday evening.
When CNN’s Abby Phillip asked Trump if he’s concerned about the conditions at the border, Trump said, “Yes I am, I’m very concerned. And they’re much better than under President Obama by far.”
Soldiers rescue woman and child on US-Mexico border
>> Reminder: Mueller said on May 29 that “any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report….”
Trump is calling Maria Bartiromo
Fox said Tuesday night that Maria Bartiromo will be interviewing Trump on the phone on Wednesday morning. It “will air live on FBN’s Mornings with Maria in the 8 a.m. ET hour,” per Fox…
Grisham in charge
Wednesday will be day 107 without a televised White House press briefing. Will Grisham resume the briefings in the weeks ahead?
— The backers of a new proposal to establish a Fallen Journalists Memorial in DC will hold a 10 a.m. ET event at the National Press Club…
— Mark Zuckerberg will speak with Cass Sunstein at the Aspen Ideas Festival at 4:30 p.m. ET…
“You’d better not say I was here”
FOR THE RECORD, PART ONE
The end of NRATV?
FOR THE RECORD, PART TWO
— New Tuesday book releases to note: MSNBC’s Joy Reid is out with “The Man Who Sold America,” The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum is out with “I Like to Watch,” and professor and frequent TV commentator Kim Wehle is out with “How to Read the Constitution — and Why…”