DESPITE NO MISSED PAYCHECK
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 13, 2019) — On Thursday evening, WTNH in New Haven, CT depicted during its 10:00 PM news hour Connecticut’s junior U.S. senator, Chris Murphy, reading portions of two letters he allegedly received from constituents who are federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown, then in its 18th day.
The shutdown is now reportedly the longest in U.S. history at its 23rd day on Sunday, resulting from an impasse between the White House and Congress over funding for the wall or barrier President Trump wishes to build along the U.S.-Mexico border to combat what he says is a “national emergency.”
The mainstream media openly disagrees with Trump’s claim of a “crisis” at the southern border, including blaming him for conditions in Tijuana, Mexico, where widespread illness was reported after up to 5,000 “migrants” arrived there in late fall.
Trump’s view of the conditions at the border is bolstered, he told Judge Jeanine Pirro on Saturday night’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” by another “caravan” of travelers from Honduras reportedly beginning their trek Tuesday for the U.S. southern border containing an unknown number of people.*
Beginning in October, at least two other caravans consisting of thousands sought entry to the U.S. but largely failed in that effort due to reinforced border security on both sides of the border.
The U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agency is affected by the shutdown, its website states, as are portions of the State, Justice, Agriculture and Homeland Security Departments.
On Thursday, those furloughed from their government jobs had not yet missed a paycheck. However, Friday saw approximately 800,000 federal employees miss their paychecks for the first time, according to mainstream reporting.
The letters Murphy said on Thursday he received from two constituents detailed severe financial hardship, with one writer stating she was unable to take her disabled child to doctors’ appointments and the other claiming she lacked money for gasoline to take her children to and from school.
Although the portion of the broadcast showing Murphy reading the letters appeared to have been prerecorded, neither of the news anchors questioned the timing of the letters given that furloughed federal employees had not yet been deprived of any pay or indicated they had reached out to Murphy’s office to ask the question.
On Friday morning, The Post & Email sent the following inquiry to Murphy’s media representative, Edward Patterson:
Good morning, I received your email address after calling Sen. Murphy’s Washington, DC office. I run an online newspaper and in full disclosure am also Sen. Murphy’s constituent.
Last night on WTNH-New Haven, Sen. Murphy was shown reading letters he reportedly received from constituents currently furloughed by the current partial government shutdown. The two letters I recall his reading dealt with federal employees stating that they could not afford such expenses as gasoline for taking their children to school and taking a special-needs child to his medical appointments.
My understanding, however, is that although into its third week, furloughed employees will miss their first paycheck today.
Are you able to clarify the statements made in the letters read by Sen. Murphy and public reporting regarding today’s first missed paycheck?
Thank you very much.
Sharon Rondeau, Editor
The Post & Email
PO Box 113
Canterbury, CT 06331-0113
As of the close of business Friday, we had received no response. Should that change, we will update this story.
*This article erroneously reported that the “new” caravan embarking on its trip Tuesday contains “up to 150,000 people.” After an astute reader asked the question, we realized that we misread information from one of our cited sources, and the actual number of people is as yet unspecified.