Could the Mainstream Media Be Waking Up?

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Awake_Groa_Awake_Mother_-_John_BauerSporadic Outbreaks of Truth Being Reported…

Just a few months ago most of the major newspapers portrayed President Obama as the Deporter-in-Chief. The stories hyped flawed statistics claiming the president was inhumanely removing an unprecedented number of illegal aliens, despite factual evidence to the contrary.

Truth be told – and FAIR told it many times to tin ears – Obama’s deportation numbers have steadily declined year after year and are now on par with the Ford Administration’s.  The mainstream media also ignored the fact that enforcement officials have been quietly instructed to remove only aliens convicted of violent felonies while ignoring most other illegal aliens.  Given those realities, we’re surprised, yet pleased, to notice a subtle shift towards more honest reporting on the numbers and opinion editors linking Obama’s dismantling of immigration enforcement to the current border surge.

On April 1 of this year – and it was no April Fool’s Joke – the Los Angeles Times ran a story, High Deportation Numbers Misleading.  The article reported that, “expulsions of people who are settled and working in the United States have fallen steadily since his first year in office, and are down more than 40% since 2009.” It even quoted John Sandweg, a former acting director of ICE as saying, “if you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero — it’s just highly unlikely to happen. ” And we needed the smelling salts after reading last week’s lead editorial in the Washington Post that acknowledged, “lax enforcement patterns that have allowed tens of thousands of young immigrants to stay in this country after entering without documentation.”

Given this administration’s monumental mismanagement of so many issues, perhaps the recent truth telling about Obama’s immigration debacle may be more than outbreaks of “accidental journalism.”  Could it possibly be that factual reporting on Obama’s screw-ups make for more compelling copy than stale stories promoting his amnesty agenda?  With newspapers losing circulation, money and credibility, factual reporting might ironically be a fashionable new trend that revitalizes the medium.

 

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

8 Comments

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    Truth in journalism – what a concept! Maybe the mainstream media will finally realize that Obama is actually the Smuggler-in-Chief, transforming DHS into the Department of Homeland Surrender.

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    The most effective ways to deal with illegal immigration include the following:

    Impose stiff penalties for all employers who hire (knowingly or not) illegals – including families who hire illegal maids, babysitters, gardeners, et al.

    Eliminate the myriad of benefits that illegals receive.

    End the sham of ‘anchor babies’ with their corresponding chain migration effects.

    If these measures are genuinely accomplished, then the border will essentially secure itself. It’s also important to keep in mind that many more illegals are here due to overstayed/expired visas than by actual border crossings.

    Sadly, our current Congress does not have the courage or political will to adhere to these common sense measures.

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    When the media begins to report on the need for compassion towards American taxpayers and workers, that will be a day to remember. Who is the perennial victim in this issue? Who gets to pay for ALL the government assistance to illegals and just what are the fiscal costs? How and where are Americans impacted by uncontrolled immigration? How do illegal workers impact wages and jobs of citizens? It would be a tipping point if the media finally decided to report on these issues to regain some credibility and educate the electorate.

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    This should be an opportunity to open up a wider debate about the 12 million illegal aliens currently in the United States stealing jobs, driving down wages and bankrupting the welfare office.

    The 12 million number is the government’s estimate from 2004, 10 years ago. How many more have snuck into the country in the past 10 years? A Mandatory E-Verify program means No job, No money, No reason to stay. Currently only 10% of business participate in the voluntary program for obvious reasons. A Mandatory program would clean out the hornet’s nest of illegals in less than 2 years. Mandatory E-Verify NOW!

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    And if this administration’s deportation numbers compare to the Ford administration’s, that’s truly bad because we have far more people here illegally than then.

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    What happened is the Media got caught lying with Obama about the so-called Secured Border. Now that the Border is obviously still wide open they are jumping ship.

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    Eventually TV, Magazines and Website News Sources Figure It Out

    We don’t believe you anymore and we won’t buy your open border news reporting or tune to it anymore. CNN is a great example of how lying and misrepresentation leads to low viewer numbers.

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      No, you won’t hear much of the adversity of this fiasco on television and the main stream media. Why not? Because Wall Street, most all the big Corporations and half of Washington wants the “open border policy. These are the companies that pay their advertising dollars so they will down play the crisis as much as possible. Notice how quickly the news media shifted away from the story, except for showing some protestors here and there! No one has bother to tell the public that the majority of these “kids” are “older males”, many with prison tattoos. Are they releasing them out in the streets. Uh, oh! If they are!