Dr. Raul Hinojosa, UCLA; Jeff McCall, DePauw University; Darrell Ankarlo, KLIF
"A few weeks ago six Mexican farm workers were murdered in Georgia. The town's mayor responded by flying the Mexican flag in sympathy, and apparently some residents complained about that. Enter Dallas Morning News columnist Macarena Hernandez, who wrote these astounding words: 'Were the complainers angrier about the red, white and green Mexican flag fluttering in the Georgia air than they were about the horrific murders? Do they watch Fox's The O'Reilly Factor, where the anchor and the callers constantly point to the southern border as the birth of all America's ills? ... such rhetoric gives criminals like those in southern Georgia license to kill.' What Ms. Hernandez is telling her readers that this program preaches hate and encourages murder. That's what this dishonest woman is doing. First of all, we have no callers, as anyone who watches the program knows. Secondly, I'm on record time and again as sympathizing with Mexican workers. Macarena Hernandez is a liar and this is a matter of deceit. She failed to report that the alleged killers of the six Mexicans in Georgia are criminal thugs who wanted money - immigration had nothing to do with it. Shockingly, the Dallas Morning News allowed the column to be printed. Talk about promoting hate! The publisher has dodged our calls and Hernandez refused to appear. Talking Points realizes that American journalism is disintegrating quickly. But for Ms. Hernandez to write a column this vile is beyond the pale."
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Analyzing the Big Lie
For more reaction to the column, The Factor was joined by Professors Raul Hinojosa and Jeff McCall. "It's a competitive media world," McCall asserted, "and there's a false sense that you have to be shrill in order to get attention. I don't think this kind of a column is helpful, but she's not the only one practicing attack journalism." While Hinojosa concurred that Hernandez' column was unfair, he also denounced the overall tenor of the immigration debate. "I would not have written that myself, because I think you genuinely care for immigrants and their plight. But the general tone of the discussion about immigration is one that frames it as a battle. People all over the media spectrum are trying to get people scared and riled up."
A Newspaper in Decline
Dallas talk show host Darrell Ankario joined in with a local view of the Dallas Morning News. "The Morning News has slowly become a liberal paper. If these kinds of stories continue unabated without shows like yours calling attention to it, the Morning News will continue to slip in that direction. Illegal immigration is a huge problem in this area, but you have the paper refusing to call them criminals or 'illegal.'" The Factor reiterated that editors of a major daily should never have allowed the column to run. "This woman accused this program of being partially responsible for the murder of six human beings. This is grossly irresponsible. I'm going to call for people to stop subscribing to the Morning News if they don't apologize."