On The O'Reilly Factor, Michelle Malkin declared that Latinos protesting the recent House bill aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration believe in "reconquista," or the theory that "the American Southwest belongs to Mexico." Malkin added that "the intellectual underpinnings of reconquista are embraced by the vast majority of mainstream Hispanic politicians."
Citing comments recently documented by Media Matters for America, Keith Olbermann named Bill O'Reilly the runner-up and winner of March 30's "Worst person in the World" award.
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Chris Matthews claimed that House Republicans who recently passed a bill that would apparently criminalize undocumented immigrants, their employers, and those who provide aid to them "have a right to fear" a "cultural change" that would result in their home states and towns "becom[ing] overwhelmingly Mexican."
Michael Savage repeatedly called on his listeners to "burn the Mexican flag" in opposition to illegal immigrants. Savage claimed that the only way to combat the onslaught of illegal immigrants is through protest and asked his audience to "[b]urn a Mexican flag for America, burn a Mexican flag for those who died that you should have a nationality and a sovereignty, go out in the street and show you're a man, burn 10 Mexican flags, if I could recommend it. Put one in the window upside down and tell them to go back where they came from!"
Bill O'Reilly accused Cardinal Roger Mahony and other opponents of a recently passed House immigration bill of "demagoguing the issue -- not telling the folks the truth." O'Reilly purported to "make [i]t clear to everybody" that the proposed legislation would not affect people like Mahony, but rather "the priests who would establish an underground railroad from Tijuana to L.A." In fact, the House bill specifically threatens up to five years of imprisonment to anyone who "assists, encourages, directs, or induces a person to reside in or remain in the United States."
On the March 29 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, NPR senior correspondent Juan Williams roundly dismissed student protestors in Los Angeles who were among the hundreds of thousands of protesters in cities nationwide demonstrating against legislation set to impose harsher penalties on illegal immigrants. Williams said: "These kids don't know anything."
A Washington Times editorial accused Latinos who took to the streets in recent days to protest a House immigration bill of either supporting or having given "tacit approval" to the "reconquista" agenda of "Hispanic radicals," which the editorial said was the "reconquering of Mexican land lost during the Mexican-American war."
A New York Times editorial stated that President Bush "talks a good game on immigration," despite describing immigration proposals mirroring those Bush has publicly backed as "a recipe for indentured servitude."
On MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews falsely claimed that "71 percent of the country say" that illegal immigration is "their number one concern." In fact, polls have repeatedly found that less than 10 percent of Americans believe illegal immigration is the most important issue facing the country.
While discussing immigration, Bill O'Reilly claimed that Cardinal Roger Mahony opposes a recently passed House immigration bill because he "knows he'll get those people in church when he doesn't have anybody in church anymore." O'Reilly also attacked Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, saying that "the Ted Kennedys of the world" favor immigration "because they know they'll get the lion's share of those votes."
Radio host Neal Boortz suggested the U.S. government should "store 11 million Hispanics," who entered the country illegally, in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans before deporting them to their home countries.
In a column on the recent demonstrations against a House immigration bill, Michelle Malkin referred to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and California Lt. Gov. Cruz M. Bustamante as "Latino supremacists." Malkin characterized the protests as "militant racism" marked by "virulent anti-American hatred."
Cal Thomas distorted the meaning of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's recent comments that a House immigration bill "is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scripture, because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself."
A Washington Times editorial claimed that opponents of a recent House immigration bill have "disingenuously charged" that, under the bill, "anyone who helps an illegal immigrant would be considered a felon." But the bill explicitly includes under "criminal offenses" any person who knowingly "assists, encourages, directs, or induces" an illegal alien to "reside in or remain in the United States." So while courts would ultimately have to determine the scope of the conduct proscribed under the bill, critics -- including prominent religious leaders -- can hardly be accused of "disingenuous[ness]" for citing its plain language.
Bill O'Reilly falsely attacked New York Times columnist Paul Krugman for "writing about illegal immigrants" but refusing to "put the word 'illegal' in there." In fact, the portion of Krugman's March 27 column that O'Reilly read referred to all immigrants, not only those here illegally. Later in his column, Krugman referred specifically to "illegal immigrants," "illegal immigration," and "an illegal immigrant."