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Navarrette: Dobbs, Limbaugh feed hatred of Latinos

As has been reported here on Truth in Immigration, various media personalities, including Lou Dobbs, have been guilty of using hateful rhetoric and misleading information to flare up anti-Latino sentiment in the nation.

This past week, columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr. called them out on their irresponsible actions:

Some of those who rail against illegal immigration can dish it out but they can't take it.

Since most illegal immigrants come from Mexico or other parts of Latin America, critics sometimes say the sort of crude things that give the debate its anti-Latino flavor. But let someone call them on it and do they ever get defensive.

Speaking to supporters in Palm Beach recently, Barack Obama blasted a couple of media personalities by name.

"A certain segment has basically been feeding a kind of xenophobia. There's a reason why hate crimes against Hispanic people doubled last year," Obama said. "If you have people like Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh ginning things up, it's not surprising that would happen."...

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