On Fox News' The Big Story, host John Gibson allowed Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) to suggest that Democrats are to blame for the provision in the House immigration bill that would make it a felony for immigrants to be in the United States illegally. Later in the program, Gibson further suggested that Democrats favored the felony provision.
Keith Olbermann declared nationally syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham the "Worst Person in the World" for her assertion that the mainstream media -- which she said "tilt to the left" -- support granting illegal immigrants citizenship because they are "new viewers, new listeners, new customers to the more liberal viewpoint."
On The O'Reilly Factor, nationally syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham claimed the "supposed mainstream media" are "making the same bet that [Sen.] Ted Kennedy [D-MA] is making" by supporting a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Ingraham maintained that just as Kennedy supports granting a path to citizenship because it will "redound to the Democrats' benefit," presumably through votes, the media -- which she claimed "tilts to the left" -- support citizenship because it will bring "new viewers, new listeners, new customers to the more liberal viewpoint" to which the media purportedly cater.
In an April 28 article, the Associated Press identified right-wing website VDARE.com only as an "immigration-focused Web magazine," even though the site publishes the work of "white nationalists," according to its editor. The AP also failed to note that VDARE writer Bryanna Bevens, whom the article quoted, has made disparaging remarks about Hispanics, in which she advocated the creation of "National Hispanic Crime Prevention Month," and warned of "Mexico's conquest of the United States."
Fox News host Neil Cavuto asked whether the May 1 "Day Without Immigrants" protests were "freedom of expression or economic terrorism."
Fox News' John Gibson claimed that "[t]here is pretty substantial ... opposition to amnesty among the general public, if you look at the polls." In fact, most recent national polls show that most Americans support Gibson's definition of "amnesty" -- a temporary worker program and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Glenn Beck claimed that there are three reasons that an illegal immigrant "comes across the border in the middle of the night": "One, they're terrorists; two, they're escaping the law; or three, they're hungry. They can't make a living in their own dirtbag country."
Fox News' Neil Cavuto failed to challenge House Homeland Security committee chairman Peter King's (R-NY) misleading claim that "Democrats voted" for a provision in the House immigration reform bill that makes illegal presence in the U.S. a felony. Cavuto also left unchallenged King's false claim that Alaska's oil reserves are "equivalent" to those of Saudi Arabia.
Fox News' Major Garrett claimed that Republican charges that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) "sabotaged" a recent immigration reform compromise "took deeper root" when The Denver Post reported that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) "phoned Reid and advised him to kill the compromise the day it was announced." Garrett offered no explanation for his claim. In fact, rather than opposing the Hagel-Martinez compromise, Reid and most other Senate Democrats voted to advance it in the Senate.
CNN's Lou Dobbs allowed Rep. Peter King to advance a misleading Republican claim Dobbs himself had previously repeated on the program -- that Democrats bear responsibility for a controversial provision in the immigration bill passed by the House of Representatives that would make unlawful presence in the United States a felony.
A New York Times article repeatedly referred to conservative Republicans' support for "stronger border enforcement," but the article failed to note that the legislation backed by many conservatives and passed by the House would designate illegal immigrants as felons.
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank described a Republican-sponsored amendment to reduce the charge for unlawful presence in the United States from a felony to a misdemeanor as "an effort to soften" the enforcement-only House immigration reform bill. In fact, Republicans sought to downgrade the criminal penalty in order to facilitate prosecution.
Just hours after the executive director of the Arizona Police Association appeared on The Radio Factor to voice opposition to an Arizona immigration bill that would make it a crime to be an illegal immigrant, Bill O'Reilly asserted on his television show that "the cops know" the bill would provide "a good tool for law enforcement to have."
Fox News' Neil Cavuto falsely claimed that "the vast majority [of Americans] seems firmly against giving rights to people who entered America illegally." In fact, most recent national polls show just the opposite -- that most Americans support granting undocumented immigrants some form of legal status in the United States.
Introducing a report on illegal immigration, Fox News' Brit Hume told viewers that "some unintended consequences" had arisen from "President Bush's proposal to give illegal immigrants a path to citizenship." Bush, however, has offered no such proposal and has refused to say whether he would support an "earned citizenship" plan with bipartisan backing in the Senate.