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Hannity Lies About Importance Of Illegal Immigration To Public

Reported by Ellen - May 17, 2006

Before their triple segment on the Duke rape case, there was a brief discussion about President Bush’s immigration proposal on last night's (5/16/06) Hannity & Colmes. As was the case the previous night, the guests were two Republican senators, Isakson from Georgia and Ensign from Nevada, neither from border states. That made a tally of four Republican guests to discuss Bush’s plan, zero Democrats, zero representatives from border states. As if that weren’t unfair and unbalanced enough, Sean Hannity misrepresented the public sentiment about illegal immigration.

Some time ago, one of our readers commented that when Hannity touches his heart, as he frequently does, it’s a tell, i.e. an indication he’s lying. I was grateful for that insight last night because I was able to go right to the spot in the DVD where Hannity misrepresented public opinion on immigration by stopping the fast forward when I saw Hannity put his hands to his chest. Just at that moment, Hannity was saying, “Look, the one thing the American people, Senator, are demanding here – they’re demanding this problem be solved because they rightly see this as a national security issue.”

In fact, a FOX News poll taken April 4-5, 2006 indicates otherwise. The public said that the economy, Iraq and health care are more important factors affecting their vote next fall (see Question 5). In Questions 13-17, the public’s biggest concerns about the results of illegal immigration were overburdening government (87% very or somewhat concerned). Crime (75%) came in second and terrorism was tied with “take jobs away from Americans” at 66%.

In a 2005 FOX News poll, “terrorism and security” was tied with “economy and jobs” (31%) as the reason immigration was perceived as a problem.

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