Media Matters Report: How Conservative Radio Smears ImmigrantsA new report published by Media Matters for America documents conservative radio's smears on immigrants, minorities, women, autistic children in addition to a strong fixation on President-Elect Barack Obama. On immigration, MMFA reports:
[C]onservative talk-radio hosts have repeatedly smeared immigrants -- Latino immigrants in particular -- as violent, uncivilized, or having sinister motives against the United States. Media Matters has documented several instances of talk-radio hosts baselessly blaming undocumented immigrants for the mortgage crisis, citing bogus statistics -- refuted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development -- to claim that they held a significant percentage of subprime loans.Media Matters points to dozens of verbal attacks on immigrants just this year, for example:
On the June 5 broadcast of his radio show, G. Gordon Liddy asserted: "[T]he problem that I have is with people who come over here and instead of wanting to become Americans, you know, fly the American flag, learn English, and so forth, they want to fly the Mexican flag, they want to speak Spanish, you know, and other varieties of illegal alien." Liddy later added: "They want to reconquer America, they say."And:
On October 10, KSFO's Lee Rodgers repeated a variation of the claim that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported that it gave "5 million illegal aliens" subprime loans which have not been paid back. The same day, Quinn & Rose's Jim Quinn also claimed that "[f]ive million of these bad mortgages went to illegal aliens" without citing a source for the figure. But neither noted that HUD has reportedly stated that this statistic is false.And, of course, who could forget Michael Savage, who just this year, said "illegal aliens" have "raped and dishelved" the Statue of Liberty, claimed that refugees and immigrants won't assimilate, and that the children of immigrants are "gangsters" and "terrorists."
For a sample of the hate-filled radio shows, click below.
To access the full Media Matters report, click here.