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Media Matters Report Further Debunks Dobbsian Myths

By David Holthouse on May 30, 2008 - 2:41 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Media Extremism

Undocumented immigrants:

  • Commit a disproportionate number of crimes throughout the country.
  • Rely heavily on taxpayer-funded services while paying no taxes themselves.
  • Bring to America rare and nasty diseases, such as leprosy.

Sound familiar?

That could be because you’ve heard it all before on cable news, where derogatory myths about immigrants are regularly presented as fact.

Last summer the Intelligence Report revealed that several major cable news hosts, most notably CNN’s Lou Dobbs, were broadcasting discredited information as part of their ratings-grabbing anti-immigration polemics, in some cases relaying falsehoods that originated with white supremacists.

Now, a new report from the Media Matters Action Network further debunks the most pernicious of these rumors with statistics from respected sources, and offers a blistering criticism of three cable programs whose hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs — never seem to tire of blaming illegal immigrants for various societal ills or demonstrating a reckless disregard for the truth.

“When it comes to this issue [of anti-immigrant rhetoric], cable news overflows not just with vitriol, but also with a series of myths that feed viewers’ resentment and fears, seemingly geared toward creating anti-immigrant hysteria,” states the introduction to Fear & Loathing in Prime Time. ( continue to full post… )

Editorial: Anti-Immigration Hysteria Threatens Idaho Farmers

By Hatewatch Staff on May 27, 2008 - 1:07 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Laws designed to appease nativists are hurting farmers in Idaho, according to the Times-News editorial board.
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New Jersey Anti-Immigration Rally Draws 70 People

By Hatewatch Staff on May 27, 2008 - 1:06 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

“We’re not vigilantes. We’re undocumented border patrol agents,” read a sign onstage at a Memorial Day weekend anti-immigration rally in Lakewood, whose organizers closed the event to the public to keep out neo-Nazis.
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Sheriff Claims Donations Are Pouring In To Fund Immigration Round-Ups

By Hatewatch Staff on May 27, 2008 - 1:04 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said his office received more than $13,000 in donations in less than a week after the governor of Arizona canceled state funding of Arpaio’s controversial immigration crackdown.
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Right-Wing Media Using Immigration Debate To Promote Fear and Hatred

By Hatewatch Staff on May 27, 2008 - 1:03 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

The divisive and inflammatory language of television hosts like Lou
Dobbs, Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck fosters negative stereotyping of immigrants.
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Hatewatch Headlines

By Hatewatch Staff on May 22, 2008 - 8:14 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

[CO] White Supremacist Threatens To Kill Judge
Pueblo Chieftain / May 17, 2008
Aryan Brotherhood member Jay Gregory threatened at a sentencing hearing to have a federal judge murdered and referenced the 1984 assassination of a Jewish radio show host by the white nationalist group The Order.

[OK] Man Arrested For Trying To Sell Cyanide To Aryan Brotherhood
The Oklahoman / May 15, 2008
Texas resident Jeffrey Don Detrixhe allegedly agreed to sell 100 pounds of cyanide for $10,000, a thermal imager and a fully automatic AK-47 to a federal informant that Detrixhe believed was
representing the Aryan Brotherhood.

[PN] ACLU: York Public Assembly Law Still Unconstitutional
The York Daily Record / May 17, 2008
Proposed changes to a York, Penn. law governing protest rallies, several provisions of which were struck down in court after a white supremacist group sued the city, are not enough to make it constitutional, according to the ACLU.

[CA] Sacramento Men Arrested For Gay Bashing
Orange County Register / May 16, 2008
Micah Jontomo Tasaki, 21, Gregory Lee Winfield, 20, and Robert Lee Denor, 19, allegedly uttered anti-gay slurs then beat and kicked a gay man just hours after the California Supreme Court issued a ruling overturning a state ban on same-sex marriages.

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Far Right Wins in Florida, Loses in Indiana

By David Holthouse on May 21, 2008 - 2:55 pm, Posted in Hate Groups, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist

Every election season brings a new crop of political hopefuls from the radical right. So far this year, their win-loss record is a respectable 1-1.

Black voters in Lake Wales, Fla., are claiming they were “snookered” into voting for John Paul Rogers, the former Florida grand dragon, or state leader, of the United Klans of America (UKA), who was sworn in as Lake Wales city commissioner May 6. “We were caught asleep at the switch on this thing,” black civic leader Clinton Horne told The Ledger, a regional daily paper.

Though he refused to answer any questions from The Ledger concerning his past Klan activities, Rogers pledged to treat blacks fairly. “I don’t let my personal views interfere with the basics,” he said.

Rogers, 66, told Florida law enforcement investigators in 2005 that he joined the Klan in 1963 or 1964, rising to become the Florida state leader of the UKA, a post he occupied until 1988. That year, the Southern Poverty Law Center bankrupted the group by winning a $7 million judgment for the family of Michael Donald, a 19-year-old black man who was murdered by Klansmen in 1981. The UKA disbanded as a result.

It’s not clear what Rogers’ current racial attitudes are. A few years ago, the former Klan chieftain served as the campaign manager for Booker Young — a black civic activist — in Young’s unsuccessful bid for city commissioner. This year, Young returned the favor by campaigning door-to-door with Rogers in northwest Lake Wales, which is predominantly black.

Tony ZirkleLess surprising were the results of the May 6 Republican primary in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District, in which Crown Point, Ind., lawyer Tony Zirkle (right,speaking) finished a distant third with 16% of the vote after openly pandering to uniformed neo-Nazis. ( continue to full post… )

Anti-Immigrant Hate Speech Thrives On Right-Wing Radio Shows

By Hatewatch Staff on May 20, 2008 - 2:01 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Racial slurs and harsh rhetoric demonizing all Latinos have found a home on conservative radio broadcasts.
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Minuteman Project Mobile Consulate Protests Criticized

By Hatewatch Staff on May 20, 2008 - 1:59 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Recent Minuteman Project demonstrations targeting the Mexican consulate’s mobile services program seem designed more to intimidate immigrants than to reform immigration policy.
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Arizona Governor Terminates Controversial Sheriff’s Immigration Contract

By Hatewatch Staff on May 20, 2008 - 1:56 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Gov. Janet Napolitano ordered the state to cancels its $1.6 million a year immigration enforcement contact with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who’s facing widespread accusations of racial profiling.
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