MURDOCK: Transparency Dies in Broad Daylight

U.S. Customs and Border Protection [Public Domain]

NEW YORK — The Biden Administration has made a mockery of the Washington Post’s ominous slogan, which it launched at the start of the Trump Era: “Democracy dies in darkness.”

Say what you will about President Donald J. Trump. He may have been the most transparent U.S. chief executive in history, to a fault. What was on the president’s mind? His Twitter feed told all. There were his deepest thoughts, blasted out as the whole world was watching, anywhere from High Noon to 4:00 a.m.

Trump gave press conferences, formal and informal, sometimes several times a day. He nearly always took multiple questions from journalists as he boarded or descended from Marine One or Air Force One. He made statements in the White House Press Gallery and on visits to venues across America and around the world. His near-daily press conferences during the depths of the COVID-19 crisis featured his comments, those of his medical and science advisors, and others who responded to the outbreak of the China virus. Trump usually took questions from hostile, often discourteous, and sometimes downright rude journalists.

While some complained that the president’s comments were not always scientifically sound (e.g. wondering aloud if injecting bleach might kill Xi Jinping’s exported germs), Trump’s views were out there, for everyone to cheer, boo, embrace, or resist. Love Trump or hate him, everyone knew what he had to say.

Journalists were free to visit the U.S.-Mexico border and even tour federal detention centers where Trump supposedly held “kid in cages.” Of course, those cages were built by Obama-Biden, and many of these kids were unaccompanied minors who had to be held somewhere, while their fates were sorted out. Many had nowhere else to go.

Funny, few if any who railed against Trump’s “child abuse” stepped up to adopt any of these unattached minors.

Now, under Biden, transparency dies in broad daylight.

These same federal facilities now are largely off-limits to journalists.

Visiting U.S. senators have taken pictures and videos. Biden Administration officials instructed some, including Senator John Barrasso (R – Wyoming), to erase cell-phone photos of young illegal aliens packed into frightfully tight spaces, such as those that have swelled to 1,596 percent of capacity (e.g. 527 minors jammed into an area designated to hold just 33).

“We were told to delete the pictures,” Barrasso told Fox News Channel. “No one did. You’ve seen the video coming out of all of these kids crammed together under the foil blankets, huddling together.”

One of Joe Biden’s political-control commissars blocks Senator Ted Cruz’s camera as he records the administration’s child abuse at a federal detention facility in Donna, Texas. (Source: Senator Cruz’s video.)

When Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recorded these inhumane conditions on March 28 at a federal detention center in Donna, Texas, an officious, obnoxious, neo-totalitarian Biden henchwoman repeatedly jumped in front of his cell phone camera, “Give them dignity and respect,” she barked. Her relentless, repugnant efforts to interfere with Cruz’s recording these scenes on video looked like something in Red China. The only thing missing was a gnarled hand shoved in front of Cruz’s curious lens. This hideous woman’s face ran a too-close second to that fearsome image.

“How far is Joe Biden going to stop the American people from seeing inside the Donna CBP facility?” Cruz asked via Twitter. “Biden sent a political operative from DC to block our cameras and even threatened another senator to obstruct legitimate congressional oversight.”

Thankfully, these GOP lawmakers (and a few Democrats, such as Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas) ignored the grossly inappropriate demands of Biden’s on-site censors. These legislators’ dedication to congressional oversight and commitment to public disclosure are the only reasons that U.S. citizens know how badly Biden is abusing his Future Democrats of America.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has visited the border on two or three recent occasions.

Journalists need not apply. His border visits were closed to the press, at a time when this was arguably the No. 1 issue in the national news.

At least Mayorkas saw the border. Neither Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris has done so, even though Biden supposedly tapped her as his border czarina on March 24. She allegedly is spearheading the administration’s response to this crisis. And yet Harris has not conducted a press conference on this topic, nor held any border-related public events on this vital matter, in the 31 days since Biden put all of this on her plate. Instead, she has visited a Chicago bakery, a Virginia crochet store, and now is jetting off to New Hampshire, perhaps to keep open her post-Biden options.

Also, Customs and Border Protection issued and then stashed an April 5 press release about two Yemeni men who were caught at the border. They happen to be on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and the No Fly List. This news release ham-handedly vanished after it was posted. Thankfully, the highly transparent people at the Internet Archive/Wayback Machine snapped a copy of this communique before it disappeared completely.

Here it is, via link and a PDF facsimile below.

All of this is truly disturbing.

Joe Biden promised a “return to normal” after the endless excitement of the Trump years and a transparent approach to government. Instead, Americans have seen questions submitted in advance of White House press briefings, one press conference by Biden — on Day 65 of his presidency, the latest of any new commander-in-chief since before Herbert Hoover — and active measures to conceal the chaos that Biden unleashed on the southern frontier.

So it goes as transparency dies in broad daylight.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

  1. You are right, Mr. Murdock. Biden is turning out just about as transparent as Obama, who in fact destroyed transparency by using double-speak. ‘Transparency’ translated means ‘opacity’ or ‘secrecy’ or ‘gaslighting.’ George Orwell would be grimly gratified if horrified. Obama vastly enriched himself in office and Biden has done the same for himself and for his family.

    1. The Biden admin. operates under a veil a darkness for a reason; they do not want the public to know. The MSM, FBI is complicit in covering up for Biden/Hunter Biden/China/Ukraine.. . The Biden admin. is a threat to US national security and is incentivising the humanitarian crisis at the border.

    2. Yes; I’ve noticed that Uncle Joe doesn’t give his salary to charity. Greedy, greedy. Let the little people suffer and yet they continue to vote democrat!!

    3. Biden, head of the Biden crime family.It seems the whole family is corrupt including his two brothers, one sister and the crowning jewel of the family, Hunter. Is there a crime Hunter has not committed. Pedophilia runs in the family proving the apples fall close to the trees.

  2. The modern Democrat; in general, is nothing less more a socialist, and socialist have always hid their actions against humanity. Socialism is the tool of the One World globalists to deceive the gullible public into believing that anything and everything they (NWG) do is for the good of the people. It is always the opposite! They have an agenda to depopulate the world and they are using deception to bring that about. The so called “pandemic” is one good example, as well as the environmental scare. FEAR IS HOW THEY TAKE AWAY LIBERTY!!!

    1. I call them liberal socialist communists! Biden family & all their cronies who have invaded our seat of government. Bent on destroying the nation of our faithful founders!

  3. This makes me sad mad to the point that my blood pressure goes to the roof. We, Conservative/Republicans have no recourse as of now. And without the house/Senate we have no control. Our only hope is 2022 if people have had enough and get out and vote.

  4. that’s what i loved about trump!he told you how he felt about things and never dodged a question.

  5. We Citizens of the USA Knew this was going to happen. Allof Congress knew this would happen, Joe Biden was told this would happen, all Senators knew this would happen,The Supreme Court justices Knew this would happen. Now all persons mentioned above except for the citizens had the ability,powder and Legal Authority to stop this from happening, They ALL swore an OATH to PROTECT the USA from all WHO WOULD HARM THIS COUNTRY, BOTH FOREIGN and DOMESTIC. Not only have they failed to do this SOME have DELIBERATELY IGNORED they’re OATH and the CONSTITUTION. For this they should be Removed from office with loss of all pay and pensions plus serve Prison time and never allowed to hold public office again. This Country needs DONALD J TRUMP as PRESIDENT again. Voter ID’s are a must to ensure voter integrity. The FBI,CIA and NSA all need a Newly Appointed CONSTITUTIONALIST LEADERSHIP. Not People who pick and choose what parts to follow with no redress. Let’s make this happen starting in 2022 and Complete it in 2024/5 for the sake of ALL AMERICANS now and Future Generations.

  6. “ THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.”
    ~ Thomas Paine: The Crisis 1776

  7. Until WE the People march to the Whitehouse and take this country like they did, we are doomed.

  8. Biden and the deep state stole the election so the communist can destroy our Country. They are the most vile people in our Country and he is not the President that the people elected. They are doing everything they can to make Americans believe their lies and trying to change history to fit their narrative. The only way to stop this is to vote Republican in next years mid terms.


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