Open Borders Bias Versus Donald J. Trump
At the first Fox debate in August, the opening question for Trump did not involve his immigration stance that shot him up in the polls, it was about his “disrespecting” women. Maybe a valid topic if asked in somewhat of a respectful manner. But clearly secondary to the prescient issues of the campaign and ignored Trump’s connecting of the Kathryn Steinle shooting to illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. Why is his stance on illegal immigration and porous borders via the expansion of visas not a #1 focus at the Fox News and Fox Business News Debates?
Kid Gloves for Rubio: The First Fox News Debates gave immigration a wide berth. Rubio was not even asked about his support for the Gang of 8 immigration bill or DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) that he pledged to not change right away (read never) if elected. Rubio’s lobbying for his own legislation last year, the Immigration Innovation Act featured tripling of the H-1B Visas at a time when we have over 11 million people with technical degrees who are out of work or underemployed.
Rupert Murdoch-Open Borders: The link is that the Rupert Murdoch (Chairman/CEO News Corp, Owner of Fox News) is co-chair of the open borders group, the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE). PNAE was one of biggest supporters of Marco Rubio and the Gang of 8 Immigration Reform Bill/Amnesty push. They flooded the airways and media with pro immigration reform propaganda. Fox News was also devoid of unbiased reporting of this bill.
The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza interviewed both John McCain and Lindsay Graham (Mickey and Minnie Mouse) in 2013 regarding their stance on their Gang of 8 bill and the role Fox News was playing. Part of this interview included:
McCain stated: “Rupert Murdoch is a strong supporter of immigration reform (Amnesty/Open Immigration), and Roger Ailes is, too.” Murdoch is the chairman and C.E.O. of News Corp., which owns Fox, and Ailes is Fox News’s president. McCain said that he, [Lindsey] Graham, [Marco] Rubio, and others also have talked privately to top hosts at Fox, including Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Neil Cavuto… “God bless Fox,” Graham said. “Last time [i.e. during the 2007 immigration push], it was ‘amnesty’ every fifteen seconds.” He said that the change was important for his reelection, because “eighty per cent of people in my primary get their news from Fox.” He added that the network has “allowed critics to come forward, but it’s been so much better.” (Note: The Gang of 8 immigration bill would have dispensed 3.3 million green cards per year!, killing jobs for Americans)
Murdoch and Ailes support of open boarders and the Gang of 8 immigration revamping has never been disclosed by Fox News and thus belies their duplicity and bias.
Murdoch has also stated: “We need to do away with the cap on H-1B visas, which is arbitrary and results in U.S. companies struggling to find the high-skill workers they need to continue growing. “
Megyn Kelly: There is no doubt that Roger Ailes thinks very highly of Megyn Kelly, (echoing Megyn’s own view of herself) who has been one of the three moderators in the Fox News Prime Time Debates as well is the host of “The Kelly File”, the #2 rated show on Fox News. Prior to the latest debate on Fox News on January 28th, she had been fomenting an anti-Trump campaign by interviewing anti-Trump pundits. She then capped off her assaults by bringing on little Richey Lowery of National Review and two other anti-Trump pundits and one Tea Party person. The session was a Bash-Trump segment just a week before the Fox News Debate yesterday. Kelly continued to discuss the National Review anti-Trump campaign the week after it was featured on her show. As this is the run up to the debate last night, it was predictable that Trump would challenge the neutrality of Kelly to be one of the three Fox News Debate moderators.
Fox News, Lack of Potential Bias Disclosures:
Unfortunately today’s new media hides behind the moniker of “NEWS” to self legitimize. People equate “News” with a reporting of fact and not opinion. In order to deserve this level of trust with their viewers, the news organization MUST disclose to its readers/viewers any potential conflicts of interest that could be viewed as slanting their reporting of news. News plus bias = opinion. There are several potential conflicts of interest that Fox News and Fox Business News should disclose whenever topics being reported may be influenced by such conflicts. These include:
Financial Support of Clintons by Fox News Owner: Brietbart news reported today, “21st Century Fox/News Corp. ranks ninth on the list of the top “corporate and union donors to the Clintons over two decades,” according to a little-noticed list compiled by The Wall Street Journal in 2014. The list counts donations from “companies, foundations, and employees.”” Obviously the financial support follows personal support by Rupert Murdoch and possibly Roger Ailes. At the very least, you should view this as a possible conflict of interest when determining the “conservative” creds of Fox News and Fox Business News.
Fox VP, Bill Sammon & Rubio Campaign: In addition to Murdoch and Ailes being tied to open borders and thus to the Rubio campaign, a Fox News VP of News and Washington DC Managing Editor, Bill Sammon, is the father of Brooke Sammon, Rubio’s press secretary. Is Rubio not being challenged on his liberal immigration stances a result of this conflict?
Use of Pundits Tied to News Events & Campaigns:
- National Review: Often times when pundits are brought on to discuss news events, the tie between the pundit and the event is mentioned during introductions. Sometimes it is not. Case in point is the Anti-Trump National Review position held by 22 pundits that signed on to the NRO position. Many times I have seen these people appear to add their two cents to the status of the campaigns and their support for the Anti Trump position is not disclosed.
- Frank Luntz & Rubio: Luntz is used by Fox News to run their focus groups for various events and for the debates. He has people in the room to determine how the “average person” reacts to the event/debate. Last night, after sucking up to Megyn Kelly, he starting setting up Rubio as the winner of the debate by his own comments. This is a big n0-no when running a focus group. Frank said, “It was your challenge of Marco Rubio. And watch how well he did on immigration.” Surprise, after such comments the focus group voted that Rubio won the debate. This is wrong on so many levels.
The bottom line is that people need to learn to question those that they rely on for news or opinion. It is critical to know who these people are and what underlies their personal bias. Everyone of us has some bias based on our life experiences. But, when it comes to news, you can really get off track by following the wrong news organization, anchor, pundit or moderator. Unfortunately it is up to you to dig deeper and know who you are listening to and following.