Family Separation Crisis at the Border Is Causing Drama Between TV Newsers

By A.J. Katz 

The result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating children from their parents who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border is causing tensions to run high on TV news. Those emotions have leaked over to Twitter, with TV newsers seemingly taking sides and launching attacks at one another.

Last night, Tucker Carlson tweeted he believes personalities at other networks are doing a disservice to their viewers in how they’re covering what’s happening at the border. “Their goal is to change your country forever,” Carlson said on his program Monday. “And they are succeeding, by the way.”

NBC’s Chuck Todd didn’t take kindly to Carlson’s tweet:


Carlson’s Fox News prime-time colleague Laura Ingraham, who referred to the detention centers on Monday night as “essentially summer camps,” (a statement she clarified later) supported Carlson’s take:


Then, there was former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who responded to a story told by a guest about a young girl with Down syndrome who had been separated from her mother at the border, by saying “womp, womp.” This took place during Fox News’s 7 p.m. hour.

NBC’s Megyn Kelly responded to the segment by calling Lewandowski a “coward.”

Then there was Jake Tapper mocking Lewandowski. He had previously retweeted Kelly:


In addition to being Trump’s former 2016 presidential campaign manager and a frequent guest on Fox News, Lewandowski was formerly a CNN political analyst and has appeared on many of the Sunday shows in recent years.

Toward the end of her 9 p.m. broadcast, Rachel Maddow broke down while reading the lede of an AP story about how Trump administration officials have been sending babies and toddlers to “tender age shelters.” Seemingly unable to read the entire lede, she then handed it off to Lawrence O’Donnell.

She later tweeted: