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O'Reilly's fuzzy math

Reported by Chrish - March 29, 2006

Using a sample size of ten, 10, US newspapers, Bill O'Reilly in his Talking Points Memo tonight 3/29/06 concluded that the American print media is soft on immigration. None of the ten support the tough House bill or offer border solutions.

Of course he first picked on his usual targets, The New York Times and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, saying the Times favors the long legalization path proposed by the Senate and the "radical" AJR favors amnesty. The Denver Post and Boston Globe favor legalization, while the Chicago Tribune and Dallas Morning News are "vague". (Comment: O'Reilly clearly unfamiliar with the concept of "neutrality" in journalism.) The LA Times favors giving "illegals" work permits and opposes punitive action, as does the Washington post and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the latter two being accused of being "vague." The Houston Chronicle surprised the cynical BORe calling for "serious enforcement muscle" but "then got back to its reality", rejecting detention of "illegals" as a violation of due process. O'Reilly says someone should tell the Houston Chronicle that due process can include detention; anyone can be held without bail.

From this he pronounces that it's clear the American media, print media, has no stomach for tough measures to secure the border and discourage millions of other foreign nationals to come here illegally. Thus the illegal immigrant problem will not be solved, he hates to say but does anyway. The politicians and the press know this but, he pronounces, they don't care. They feel good about a humane approach to illegal immigration. (Comment: Someone should tell the big BORe those "illegals" are humans.)

Stating the obvious, he says the issues are the change in demographics, with Hispanic continuing to grow in numbers and power, and the real possibility of terrorists possibly exploiting the porous borders. Should that happen, then we'll see the military at the borders, but not before.

He says Bush and Fox, meeting now, will talk tough and promise to make the border more secure. Meantime, the drug lords and people smugglers will "sit down to lavish dinners, grin, and plan their next lawbreaking ventures. These guys love the American press! They love the Senate, and the two presidents. Nero fiddled while Rome burned; perhaps we should all stock up on fiddles."

Comment: Oh for crying out loud. If only O'Reilly was king, he and his following would all be safe and the prison population would be about 297,900,000.

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