Dobbs, O’Reilly, Beck Proved To Be Xenophobes And Liars

Apparently, I was not mistaken all those times that I threw my arms up in anger and screamed “bullshit!” at Lou Dobbs’, Bill O’Reilly’s, or Glenn Beck’s huge ugly mug staring at me from the screen.

Nor was I being too harsh when I lost control and started uncontrollably yelling “liar!” at my TV.

A post from one of the ladies at VivirLatino turned me on to this video and to a report by the Media Matters Action Network which takes an objective look at the wave of anti-immigrant hysteria that is currently sweeping across America:

There are two types of myths we discuss in this report. The first type is the large and most common myths, about crime and undocumented immigrants, and the costs of illegal immigration in social services and taxes. These topics are complex, and there are sometimes legitimate points buried within the arguments immigration opponents make. The second type of myth is the urban legend: that there is a conspiracy to take back the Southwest United States for Mexico; that there is a secret plan to construct a “NAFTA Superhighway” running from Canada to Mexico; that the U.S. is well on its way to surrendering its sovereignty to a “North American Union” (NAU); that Mexican immigrants are infecting Americans with leprosy; and that undocumented immigrants are responsible for a wave of election fraud. These myths are discussed less often, but are notable for their sheer ludicrousness.

I’m glad someone is finally trying to expose the truth about the NAFTA Superhighway and North American Union – they are fear-mongering devices fabricated from out-of-context quotes from fringe organizations and conspiracy theorists that have been co-opted by the media (which in America, = big business) in order to boost ratings.   From the website of North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition, Inc., a non-profit organization representing the interests of residents along the corridor:

“NAFTA Superhighway” is a slogan for EXISTING corridors that carry international trade with Canada and/or Mexico. NASCO and the cities, counties, states and provinces along our existing Interstate Highways 35/29/94 (the NASCO Corridor) have been referring to I-35 as the “NAFTA Superhighway” for many years as it carries a substantial amount of international trade with Mexico, the United States and Canada. There are no plans to build a new NAFTA Superhighway — it exists today as I-35.

So there you have it: the “NAFTA Superhighway” is not some super-secret project to destroy America, rather, it’s the name that many people in the Western U.S. use for I-35.

My advice? Take anything any of these pundits say with an entire salt shaker, or better yet, stick to watching the local news. Don’t buy the fucking hype.


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