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Cable News and Immigration: “Fear and Loathing in Prime Time”

The Media Matter Action Network recently published their report on a study of Cable News programs and how they treat the issue of illegal immigration. By studying cable news commentators Lou Dobbs, Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck, the report sheds light onto the propagation of immigration myths and how the anti-immigrant message is dissemenated to the general public. The findings are detailed and shocking. By creating a culture of fear, these programs often deliver inaccurate and outlandish information that goes unchecked by their broader viewing audience. The report analyzes a number of myths about immigration, debunking them and demonstrating how each commentator has worked to perpetuate them. It also offers detailed information on the content of the programs and a list of direct quotes from various commentators and pundits that cultivate a culture of fear, anger and hate.

An excerpt:

Media Matters Action Network undertook this study in order to document how immigration is discussed and debated on cable news. When it comes to immigration, cable news overflows not just with vitriolic rhetoric, but also with a series of myths that feed viewers’ resentment and fears, fostering hostility toward immigrants.

We focus our analysis on a trio of cable commentators: Lou Dobbs, Bill O’Reilly, and Glenn Beck. While hosts on other cable programs regularly discuss illegal immigration (particularly on Fox News, where it is a frequent topic on Hannity & Colmes and Special Report with Brit Hume), these three are the most notable for a number of reasons. On their eponymous programs, Dobbs, O’Reilly, and Beck serve up a steady diet of fear, anger, and resentment on the topic of illegal immigration. 

Check it out and sign the petition to end “the steady diet of fear, anger, and resentment Dobbs, O’Reilly, and Beck promote day after day”!!

Be sure to watch the video created to compliment the report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU0jYoBLVhs.
 
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