If it's one thing that gets Fox News' dander up it's those dang "illegals" who are just milking the system to the hilt. This morning, Steve Doocy hosted yet another right wing Campus Reform apparatchik to tell us all about the unfairness of allowing "illegals" to get in-state tuition.
Steve Doocy asked the question "would you surrender your citizenship for $80,000?" He played video of a Campus Reform videographer asking the question at the Univ. of Virginia and the Univ. Maryland. Stressing the word "illegal," Doocy explained that "illegal aliens" pay in-state tuition, at the aforementioned schools which is $80,000 less than out of state tuition. The banner reinforced the message that "illegals" are getting over on the system: "Citizenship Snubbed, Illegal Students Save Up To $80,000 On Education."
Doocy played more obviously cherry picked and edited video of UVA and UMD students tearing up fake social security cards to symbolically say that they would give up citizenship in order to save tuition expenses. He introduced his guest, Gabriella Morrongiello, from - drum roll please - Campus Reform and, unmentioned by Doocy, on staff at the right wing Leadership Institute. In January, she appeared on Fox & Friends for a discussion of how political correctness has "run amok." She recently appeared in one of Hannity's horrors of spring break segments.
Morrongiello had her right wing talking points at the ready. She explained that the reason behind the video was to expose "the shocking unfairness that is known as tuition equity." She pontificated that "illegal immigrants" get in-state tuition at several colleges while legal out-of-state students have to pay full price. Just in case you didn't get the message, the Fox banner spelled it all out. "Immigration Nation, States Offer Lower Cost Education to Illegals."
Doocy expressed amazement at how many students are willing to tear up their fake social security cares to say that they don't need to be American citizens. Despite the fact that the video shows only a small number of students, Morrongiello said that "this should concern all Americans." The banner reinforced the official Fox message: "Government Give-Away." After whining that citizenship "used to be sacrosanct" and people died in order to get it, she asserted that "this should be a wake-up call" for "policy makers who have de-valued our citizenship so much that it's no longer something to be desired."
Doocy agreed and opined that "there's a loss of pride in their country by some of these people." (Huh?) On script, Marrongiello agreed and claimed that "Americans are losing their pride and there's no place where it's more evident than on college campuses." The offical Fox message was framed as a Cavuto marked question: "Unfair Advantage?"
She highlighted a Fox News outrage when she cited how UC Irvine students tried to ban from flying on campus - a big LIE because the students wanted the flag banned in just one area. She mentioned how the University of Michigan tried to ban "American Sniper" - another Fox outrage. She pontificated that students willingness (remember based on one edited video) to give up citizenship "is just he culmination of a disturbing trend on college campuses." Doocy said "no kidding" and directed the viewers to the Campus Reform website. He praised her for a "good job on that report."
What you didn't learn on Fox & Friends: Maryland voters, by an almost 2 to 1 margin, approved a referendum item granting in-state tuition to "undocumented immigrants who attended Maryland high schools for at least three years and meet other conditions."The Virginia Assembly approved and has upheld the in-state tuition for their state.
But now that Fox & Friends has exposed the outrageous unfairness of it all, things will change. Right?
And btw, none of Doocy's children attended public colleges. His son, Peter (now working for Fox) graduated from Villanova. His daughter Mary graduated from BostonCollege. Sally is attending Southern Methodist University.
I know of one who actually is attending George Washington University—a PRIVATE college. That person happens to be Doocy’s guest, Gabby Morrongiello. (And she transferred from Oregon State University, a PUBLIC college.)
But it does really beg the question as to how many of the outraged right-wingers who comprise Campus “Reform” attend and/or graduated public schools which are usually schools which charge lower tuitions and are a bit less picky in terms of acceptance, compared to private schools which tend to be more expensive and more picky in accepting students. Anyone who deliberately chooses to attend a high-priced university gets no sympathy from me if they don’t like the politics of the instructors or the school itself (not that Campus “Reform” has any valid points anyway).
By the way. Why is Morrongiello even attending college? She should be acting like the good little conservative girl and finding herself a husband so she can do her real job—housewife.
BTW, I don’t know about you, but the name “Doocy” makes me think of “Goofy,” especially when you also look at his picture.