On Fox News, Carl Cameron and Laura Ingraham repeated or uncritically reported the false Republican claim -- originating in an AP article -- that, in Cameron's words, the economic stimulus bill would allow "illegal aliens" to claim "tax credits of $500 per person or 1,000 per couple." Cameron and Ingraham advanced the falsehood even after a revised version of the AP article made clear that the bill excludes undocumented immigrants.
A revised version of an AP article made clear that the claim of a "top Republican congressional official" reported in the original version of the article -- that the economic stimulus package being considered in Congress "could steer government checks to illegal immigrants" -- is false. But at no point in the original article did the AP indicate that it had contacted or attempted to contact any Democratic officials -- or anyone else besides the single anonymous Republican official -- to confirm whether the legislation would permit undocumented immigrants to receive tax credits.
A Drudge Report headline stated "HILL REPUBLICAN: STIMULUS GIVES CASH TO ILLEGALS" and linked to an AP article that reported that "[t]he $800 billion-plus economic stimulus measure making its way through Congress could steer government checks to illegal immigrants, a top Republican congressional official asserted Thursday." A revised version of the article made clear that the claim is false, but the Drudge Report did not remove the headline and link to the original version of the article until roughly four hours after the new version was available.
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On Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN correspondent Casey Wian claimed that President-elect Barack Obama is "not taking ... very seriously" the issue of Mexican drug trafficking and its impact on the U.S., adding that "we couldn't find a thing" Obama "has had to say about Mexican drug cartels since he was elected, and even before that." In fact, Obama has made several statements on the subject of Mexican drug cartels.
On The Rush Limbaugh Show, Mark Davis accused President-elect Barack Obama of choosing an "amnesty fetishist" in his appointment of Cecilia Muñoz, of the National Council of La Raza. But contrary to Davis' suggestion, Muñoz and NCLR's position in support of comprehensive immigration reform is far from radical, and shared in principle by members of Congress from both parties and by President Bush.
Discussing the Mexico City government's reported plan to begin distributing free impotence drugs to men 70 and older, Jim Quinn said, "Viva Viagra. Well -- after all, who's gonna father the next generation of illegals to come swarming across the border in their effort to reconquer the Southwest?"
Andrea Mitchell said it was "a great irony, a sad irony, for John McCain" that Hispanic voters are "shifting to Barack Obama" even though McCain "lost his Republican base ... partly on supporting immigration reform." But Mitchell did not note that McCain reversed his position on immigration reform, aligning himself more closely with the GOP base, or that McCain stated that he would not support his own reform bill if it came up for a vote in the Senate.
On CNN Newsroom, Jeanne Meserve stated that "[Sen. John] McCain, who twice sponsored immigration reform legislation, blames [Sen. Barack] Obama and the Democrats for its defeat in one of his [Spanish-language] ads, though many analysts say both parties bear responsibility." However, Meserve did not note that McCain has since abandoned his support for the immigration bill he co-sponsored, saying during a January Republican presidential debate that he would no longer vote for it if it came up for a vote in the Senate.
The AP reported that Sen. John McCain "won admiration from Hispanics -- for co-sponsoring an immigration bill that included a path to citizenship" while a Bloomberg article reported that McCain "bucked his party by pushing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants." However, neither article noted that McCain reversed himself on border security and said he would no longer support the bill he co-sponsored with Sen. Edward Kennedy if it came up for a vote in the Senate.
Rush Limbaugh and KSFO's Lee Rodgers repeated a variation of the claim that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gave "5 million illegal aliens" subprime loans that they have not paid back. Quinn & Rose's Jim Quinn also cited the 5 million statistic without citing a source for the figure. None of these radio hosts noted that HUD has reportedly stated that this statistic is false.
On Lou Dobbs Tonight, Roger Hedgecock claimed that the Department of Housing and Urban Development "was talking about 5 million illegal alien home mortgage loans that have gone bad." But Hedgecock did not cite a source for the purported HUD statistic. In fact, an article published more than an hour before Lou Dobbs Tonight aired reported that HUD "says there is no basis to news reports that more than 5 million bad mortgages are held by illegal immigrants" and that "a HUD spokesman said his agency has no data showing the number of illegal immigrants holding foreclosed or bad mortgages."
The AP reported that Sen. John McCain is trying to "convince Hispanics that he was on their side" during the recent congressional "fight" over proposed immigration reforms. But the AP did not report that McCain has since reversed his position, and now says he would no longer support the legislation -- which he co-sponsored with Sen. Edward Kennedy -- that Congress was "fight[ing]" over.