On The Big Story, John Gibson urged viewers to "[d]o your duty. Make more babies," because he had found out, from a recently released report, that nearly half of all children under the age of five in the United States are minorities. Gibson added: "You know what that means? Twenty-five years and the majority of the population is Hispanic." Gibson later repeated: "To put it bluntly, we need more babies."
Glenn Beck devoted the opening monologue of his CNN Headline News show and first guest interview to an attack on illegal immigrants, suggesting that they are "try[ing] to conquer our culture." Later, Beck said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "sounded ... a lot like Michael Moore" in a letter to President Bush and suggested that an appropriate punishment for convicted 9-11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui would be having sexual relations with syndicated columnist Helen Thomas and actress Bea Arthur, "with David Hasselhoff singing." Finally, Beck again complimented CNN Headline News anchor Erica Hill's physical appearance.
CNN's Anderson Cooper interviewed Glenn Beck to discuss immigration. Even though Beck asserted during the interview that he has "no problem with immigrants coming in" to the United States, Cooper neither noted nor asked Beck about recent comments he made regarding illegal immigrants, Mexicans, and Mexico.
A Christian Science Monitor article cited a May 3 Zogby poll that found "[b]y a 2 to 1 margin" likely voters prefer the more punitive, enforcement-only immigration bill passed by the House in December over the comprehensive proposals currently being considered by the Senate. CNN host Lou Dobbs also cited the poll to claim that "voters overwhelmingly believe the House of Representatives has a better plan than the Senate." But the Zogby poll -- which was commissioned by an anti-immigration group -- misrepresented both proposals, and most polls on the issue run counter to Zogby's conclusions.
On the May 5 edition of his radio program, Glenn Beck aired a mock commercial for a fictional amusement park called "Cinco de Flag," that touted rides such as the "tractor-trailer run," in which "[w]e simulate an 18-wheeler full of illegal immigrants trying to cross the border when the INS breaks in."
Fox News' John Gibson cited a misleading poll question that asked respondents "how they felt when they saw" the May 1 nationwide "A Day Without Immigrants" demonstrations against proposed laws that would criminalize illegal immigrants. Gibson claimed that the poll found that "[a]bout two-thirds made them think we need better security at our borders. Only 21 percent thought we should make illegals U.S. citizens." But the question falsely suggests that enhancing border security and granting legal status to undocumented workers are mutually exclusive. Polls have consistently shown that a majority of Americans favored legalizing undocumented immigrants, a view that one poll reported was unaffected by the demonstrations.
Bill O'Reilly claimed that Mexican President Vicente Fox has "got his troops on the northern border helping the drug traffickers bring the loads across." Although Mexican officials announced that drug smugglers were using military uniforms and vehicles when they crossed the border into the United States on January 23, the FBI found no evidence that the men were connected to the Mexican military. Later in the program, O'Reilly claimed that Jalisco is "on the border." In fact, Jalisco is a state in central Mexico, and it is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean.
In a May 5 article, Associated Press staff writer Jon Sarche reported that the "immigration debate has split both parties." In fact, while congressional Democrats do disagree on some minor issues, they largely favor policies that would better secure U.S. borders and provide opportunities for illegal immigrants to earn citizenship.
Bill O'Reilly echoed the misleading claim, made frequently by congressional Republicans and conservative media figures, that Democrats are to blame for a provision in the immigration bill passed by the House of Representatives in December 2005 that would make it a felony for immigrants to be in the United States illegally.
Chris Matthews failed to challenge Rep. Tom Tancredo's (R-CO) false assertion that an immigration bill co-sponsored by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) does not contain provisions to improve border security or impose tougher sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants.
A New York Times article on the effect of recent immigration rights protests cited a poll taken before the first of these rallies had occurred. This survey found that only 40 percent of respondents believed that illegal immigrants "should be granted some kind of legal status that allows them to stay here," while 53 percent said they should be "required to go home." But more recent polling -- conducted in the wake of large-scale demonstrations that began in March and amid Senate deliberations over immigration reform -- has found a far larger number of Americans in favor of so-called "comprehensive" reform.
In a May 2 article, New York Times reporter Monica Davey uncritically reported anti-immigration advocates' claim that their "voices were actually more representative of the views of Americans as a whole." In fact, polling data show that a majority of Americans do not share the views expressed by these advocates.
Bill O'Reilly said that the "organizers" of the May 1 nationwide immigrant protests have a "hardcore militant agenda of 'You stole our land, you bad gringos.' "
On MSNBC's Scarborough Country, Pat Buchanan said that a Spanish-language version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is "a provocation and an insult" but that, ultimately, it is "a good thing in this sense: The American people are awakening to the character of these people."
On Fox News' The Big Story, host John Gibson allowed Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) to suggest that Democrats are to blame for the provision in the House immigration bill that would make it a felony for immigrants to be in the United States illegally. Later in the program, Gibson further suggested that Democrats favored the felony provision.