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Martha MacCallum's "Illegals" Fact - A Lie Or Faulty Fact Checking?

Reported by Priscilla - October 11, 2011 -

Fox News alleged "news" anchor, Martha MacCallum, said (9/28), regarding approval for in-state tuition rates for undocumented students, that the people of RI "didn't get to voice their opinion on this" - a position taken by those who opposed the decision of the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education. She went to say, regarding the citizens of RI, that "The polls in RI, according to the Providence Journal, show that they're very much against it." The Providence Journal had only a few articles on this topic and none of them cited any polling data. So I contacted the "ProJo" and discovered that, surprise, surprise, Ms. MacCallum was either lying or had done/had been given faulty research information as the folks at the newspaper did not do any polling nor did they publish any results of polls in their articles about the in-state tuition.

They did, however, do an unscientific survey on their October 6th Facebook page. Their website did have "an unscientific poll" which has expired and is no longer on the website. In March, the paper published an article which had polling data, from Brown University, about the Arizona immigration law. One of the questions involved in-state tuition for undocumented aliens who graduate from RI high schools. 68% supported it. If there has been any recent polling, the Providence Journal has not cited any of it in their reports on the decision by the Board of Governors.

So is Martha MacCallum lying to advance an agenda or is she or her staff doing faulty faux Fox fact checking?

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