Empire Magazine writer James Dyer said a Customs and Border Protection agent accused him of being “fake news” at Los Angeles International Airport.
Dyer explained the incident in a Twitter thread posted on Thursday. Dyer said the CBP agent “aggressively” questioned him while he was passing through customs.
“Just … wow. Just went through LAX immigration. Presented my journalist visa and was stopped by the CBP agent and accused of being part of the ‘fake news media,'” Dyer said. “He wanted to know if I’d ever worked for CNN or MSNBC or other outlets that are ‘spreading lies to the American people.’ He aggressively told me that journalists are liars and are attacking their democracy.”
He wanted to know if I’d ever worked for CNN or MSNBC or other outlets that are “spreading lies to the American people.” He aggressively told me that journalists are liars and are attacking their democracy.
— James Dyer (@jamescdyer)
August 22, 2019
“Apparently the only truth now comes from YouTube and the president. All this said under a CBP sign that says ‘we are the face of our nation.’ And with a framed picture of 45 staring down. In f—ing California!!! Welcome to Trump’s America!” Dyer continued. “He let me go after I said that I was just here to write about Star Wars, and would keep the fake news about that to a bare minimum.”
The Empire writer went on to explain that the CBP agent did not do anything illegal. The interaction lasted several minutes while the writer went through normal customs clearing.
Dyer said he was not “mistreated or detained” but that the interaction was “surprising and inappropriate.”
“All CBP officers take an Oath of Office, a solemn pledge that conveys great responsibility and one that should be carried out at all times with the utmost professionalism,” a CBP spokesman said in a statement. “Inappropriate comments or behavior are not tolerated, and do not reflect our values of vigilance, integrity, and professionalism.”
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