In between the sacharrine stuff about how the "real meaning of Christmas" is, LOL, peace, love, and understanding, Fox News did manage to work in some standard hate filled agitprop. Tuesday, Brian Kilmeade interviewed the hate filled, anti-immigration, pro-Cliven Bundy, presidential candidate, paranoid, "filmmaker," and all-around right wing looney tooney Dennis Michael Lynch. But, as a mouthpiece for the xenophobic right, Lynch's crazy talk, about how "illegals" are using social media to get "amnesty," was, as usual, warmly received and not challenged.
As the saying goes, "words matter," and Fox News which words get their viewers salivating. Thus, we saw Brian Kilmeade begin the segment by asking if Facebook is the new "fast track to amnesty." He reported that "some immigration attorneys are reportedly suggesting that illegals [yet another incendiary word beloved by Fox News] use time stamped check-ins to prove their wherabouts to avoid deporation." (Kilmeade didn't provide any source for this shocking exposé.) He introduced Lynch who, according to Kilmeade, has produced two movies about illegal immigration and is "passionate about [Uh, the word is crazy but whatever...] the "dangers of the border." Kilmeade noted that Lynch thinks that this Facebook thing is "a terrible idea."
As Kilmeade said "yup," Lynch, not an immigration policy specialist, explained how immigration laws were set up to protect against unfair labor competition and - wait for it - terror. He claimed that because of Facebook's "timeline," "all of that is at risk" from those who want cheap labor and votes. ("Illegal" voting is a right wing myth - but popular on Fox News.) The chyron established, as Fox Fact, that "Illegals May Avoid Deportation With Facebook." Lynch explained how these evil "illegals" can manipulate Facebook's timeline.
Kilmeade listed requirements for "amnesty" which, in the reality based world, is merely a stay of deportation. While reading the list, Kilmeade claimed that bogus documentation is "easy to forge," and can be "had on 42nd St." Lynch then launched into his standard fear mongering paranoia, so popular on Fox which specializes in fomenting fear in those who live in abject terror of brown people swarming the border in order to destroy white America. Lynch actually said if you read the 9/11 Commission Report, "the number one fear is that immigration fraud will cause another 9/11." Kilmeade murmured in assent as Lynch claimed that this [he didn't say what "this" is] is "immigration fraud on steroids."
Lynch metaphorically patted himself on the back for his long time expertise in immigration matters and opined that the only way to solve the problem is - wait for it - "mass deportation" because "these people need to go home." Presidential candidate Lynch didn't explain the mechanisms or the funding for his paranoid panacea. Kilmeade said "right" as Lynch asserted that there's no way to know "who these people say they are." (Obviously, they're all terrorists.) The Cavuto marked chyron reinforced the propaganda: "Facebook Free Pass, Amnesty Might Just Have Gotten Even Easier."
To Kilmeade's scripted question of border security, Lynch, no surprisingly, responded that there will never be border security. The chyron continued to frame the message: "Residency Requirments, Social Media to Replace Official Documents." Lynch brayed about how things will be so much better, "Christmas in America," if all these nasty brown folks would just leave. He even made the spurious, if not outright bogus, claim that crime will be cut by more than half. Kilmead predicted that this issue "will be the number one issue" in 2015.
If you look for mainstream media accounts of how "illegals" are manipulating Facebook, you won't find anything. However, you will find some stuff emanating from some very right wing sources as well as, da ta, Breitbart and, da ta, Fox Nation which sourced Breitbart which, in turn, based this all on one immigration attorney's suggestions about how Facebook postings could, possibly, be used for residence verification. Seriously, folks, who takes this guy seriously? Obviously, Fox News!
Fear mongering still works for the right wing after all these years.