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  • Appearing For The Defense Of Arizona's Controversial Immigration Law: Fox News

    ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD

    This Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court will decide if portions of Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law, Senate Bill 1070, are inconsistent with federal law and therefore must be struck down. Fox has taken this opportunity to push misleading talking points about Arizona's immigration enforcement law and to continue to fearmonger about crime in Arizona.

  • Fox Defends ALEC As Companies Flee

    ››› ››› JUSTIN BERRIER

    As companies cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) following a campaign led by ColorOfChange, Fox News has defended the conservative legislation organization, accusing ColorOfChange of using "fascist tactics" and inviting ALEC supporters and officials on to defend their actions. ALEC, an organization that drafts model bills for conservative state lawmakers, has pushed for controversial "Stand Your Ground" and voter ID laws across the country.

  • Right-Wing Media Suggest ICE Should Devote Resources To Deporting Innocent Student Protesters

    ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD

    Right-wing media criticized U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for declining to deport six undocumented students who were arrested while participating in a non-violent protest against the immigration policies of controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. However, ICE has limited resources and determined that the students did not fall under its enforcement priorities, which focus on "national security, public safety, and border security."

  • Media's False Comparison Births Obama's "Willie Horton"

    Blog ››› ››› SOLANGE UWIMANA

    On Sunday, the Miami Herald reported on the case of convicted felon Kesler Dufrene, a Haitian national who was the prime suspect in a triple murder committed after he was freed following the Obama administration's deportation stay to that country. Right-wing media are now using the case to attack President Obama and push the racially charged narrative that Dufrene is Obama's "Willie Horton." But the circumstances surrounding Dufrene's case cannot be compared to those of escaped murderer William Horton.

    In a blog post calling attention to the story, Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft accused Obama's "failed immigration policy" of "leav[ing] three more innocent people dead." Hoft wrote: "Thanks to the Obama administration's halt on deportations to Haiti last year three people are now dead, including a 15 year old girl." He added: "Can you say Willie Horton?"

    But the facts behind the Horton and Dufrene cases simply don't match up. Horton had been sentenced to life in prison without parole but was granted a weekend furlough under a Massachusetts program. He did not return from his furlough and subsequently committed assault, armed robbery, and rape. Dufrene's release, on the other hand, was based on immigration law that predated the Obama administration and long-standing U.S. policy to temporarily stop deportations to countries hit by disasters.

    It's important to realize what the right-wing media are calling for in saying that Dufrene is "Obama's Willie Horton." Horton is best known as the focal point of a campaign targeting Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis during the 1988 election that consisted of unadulterated race-baiting intended to scare voters.

  • Fox's Habit Of Providing Cover For Sheriff Arpaio Continues

    Blog ››› ››› SOLANGE UWIMANA

    Fox, it seems, has now become the go-to network for controversial Arizona sheriffs. Last week, Fox News' Megyn Kelly hosted Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to address allegations that his office routinely violates civil rights laws. At the end of her show, Arpaio thumbed his nose at critics and announced on air that he was running for reelection. In October 2011, a day after stating he had formed an exploratory committee for a potential congressional run, Pinal County sheriff Paul Babeu was welcomed on Fox & Friends. It was the first in a series of appearances that would afford him free campaign advertising.

    For the past six weeks, Fox has given the same treatment to Arpaio, providing him with a platform from which to attack the Obama administration and propagate his baseless accusations that the administration is engaging in a political witch hunt against him. With more than a dozen appearances during that span, Fox News and Fox Business have made Arpaio a weekly mainstay on the network since early December, when they hosted him to discuss his endorsement of Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president.

    But not only has Fox given Arpaio an unparalleled megaphone, it has also largely closed its eyes to reports that his Maricopa County office allegedly mishandled hundreds of sex-crimes cases on his watch.

  • Fox's Van Susteren Tries To Gin Up Outrage Over Uncontroversial Border Crossing Proposal

    Blog ››› ››› ADAM SHAH

    Over the weekend, Matt Drudge tried to inflame passions with a headline blaring "FEDS PLAN UNMANNED BORDER CROSSING WITH MEX. . ." The actual story Drudge hyped, however, should not induce panic in anyone. According to the Associated Press article to which Drudge linked, the crossing will allow access between a national park in Texas and a small Mexican town. Campers in the park used to regularly cross over to the town for supplies, but such crossings were discouraged after the 9-11 attacks.

    Furthermore, the article reported: "If the crossing is approved, Border Patrol would have eight agents living in the park in addition to the park's 23 law enforcement rangers. 'I think it's actually going to end up making security better,' CBP spokesman William Brooks said. 'Once you've crossed you're still not anywhere. You've got a long ways to go and we've got agents who are in the area. We have agents who patrol. We have checkpoints on the paved roads leading away from the park.' "

    But with a headline and graphic like this from Drudge, it was only a matter of time before someone from Fox took the bait:

    Drudge headline

    The winner was Greta Van Susteren. Luckily for viewers, rather than turn to Fox's usual stable of anti-immigrant commentators, Van Susteren hosted Nathan Thornburgh, a contributing writer for Time, who shot down every attempt by Van Susteren to inflame her viewers with suggestions that the checkpoint could allow people to "just walk through" into America, "inflame a lot of people," cause a "drug smuggler in Juarez to move" to the checkpoint, and "enrage" local residents.


  • Fox's Eric Bolling Doesn't Want To Break Up Families, But ...


    Claiming he does not "want to break up families," Fox host Eric Bolling again voiced support for mass deportation -- even endorsing the idea of going into public schools to round up undocumented immigrants. In fact, experts warn that deportations result in broken families, often those of American children, and ultimately impact children's safety and well-being.

  • UCLA Study Highlights John & Ken Show's Anti-Latino And Anti-Immigrant "Hate Speech"

    Blog ››› ››› JUSTIN BERRIER

    A recent study by the UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center titled "Quantifying Hate Speech On Commercial Talk Radio" looked at the prevalence of hate speech in Los Angeles County talk radio programs and found numerous "instances that met the study's criteria for statements targeting a vulnerable group or their supporters" in LA's John & Ken Show. In particular, the study found that the show disproportionately targeted Latino, Mexican and immigrant groups. The study looked at instances of hate speech from 2008 and found that the John & Ken Show repeatedly targeted immigrants, Latinos and Mexicans.

    From the study, which looked at The John & Ken Show as well as The Lou Dobbs Show and The Savage Nation:

    UCLA Tables

  • Doocy Continues Fox's Trend Of Unbalanced Immigration Coverage

    Blog ››› ››› REMINGTON SHEPARD

    During the November 7 broadcast of Fox News' Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy interviewed Larry Craven, Alabama Interim State Superintendent of Schools, about the Department of Justice's (DOJ) request for student data as part of its investigation of complaints regarding the controversial Alabama immigration law. Watch:

    During the interview, Doocy suggested that the DOJ overstepped its bounds by requesting this information and that this request was retribution for Alabama's new immigration law, claiming that "it looks to some people like this is a gigantic overreach by the federal government, and they're just trying to smack you down because you've got a tough immigration law."

    Doocy later stated the DOJ request is "just another burden on the schools, as it sounds like the federal government is trying to crack down on your state for being tough on ... illegal immigration."

    But while the DOJ did make this request because of Alabama's immigration law (H.B. 56), the request was not retribution, as Doocy suggested. As Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez explained, the request for student data is in response to concerns that the law is discouraging students from attending school:

    It has come to our attention that the requirements of Alabama's H.B. 56 may chill or discourage student participation in, or lead to the exclusion of school-age children from, public education programs based on their or their parents' race, national origin, or actual or perceived immigration status, or based on their homeless or foster care status and consequent lack of documentation.

  • Fox Furthers Anti-Immigrant Agenda By Lobbing Softballs To AZ Gov. Brewer

    ››› ››› JUSTIN BERRIER

    Fox News has provided Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer with softball interviews to promote her book, including calling her a "strong hero" for "many Americans." Fox's promotion of Brewer falls in line with its history of promoting anti-immigrant legislation -- such as the controversial law Brewer signed in Arizona -- and hosting mostly anti-immigrant guests to discuss immigration issues.