In many ways, it was a made-for-TV moment. Supervisor Scott Wiener, who only two weeks ago announced his bid for state senate, was ambushed at City Hall on Friday by a Fox News reporter demanding to know if he “showed remorse” over the July 1 killing of Kathryn Steinle. Supervisor Wiener was none too pleased, and let the reporter know his opinion of both him and his employer.
[jump] “Fox News is not real news, and you're not a reporter. I talk to real news only. Fox News is not real news.”
The man arrested for the (apparently) random shooting, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was in the country illegally and had been previously deported on five separate occasions. His release from a San Francisco jail had not been reported to federal immigration officials under San Francisco's Sanctuary City policy. The policy, established in 1989, was expanded by the 2013 Trust Act, which prohibits California Law Enforcement “from detaining an individual on the basis of a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold after that individual becomes eligible for release from custody” unless that person “has been convicted of specified crimes.”
San Francisco's status as a sanctuary city has come under national scrutiny after Steinle's death, with Fox News predictably blaming “the ultra left [that] controls the city” for the July 1st tragedy.
SF Weekly reached out to Supervisor Wiener for comment, but as of press time he had not responded. The jury is still out on whether or not the Supervisor considers SF Weekly to be “real news.”
Correction: An earlier version of this story said Wiener's exchange took place on Monday; in fact, it was Friday.