A Fox News anchor’s behavior during a discussion Thursday about illegal immigration suggests to many viewers that the network might have bought into the left-wing-concocted lie that speaking truthfully about illegal immigration and the damage it incurs to the nation is racist and potentially dangerous.
Speaking with Art Del Cueto, the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, FNC’s “America’s Newsroom” anchor Sandra Smith grew uncomfortable after Cueto referred to the ongoing crisis along the southern U.S. border as an “invasion.”
“Hold on,” she interrupted. “Obviously, we have to push back on comments like that. People will take issues with you calling at that. It is obviously a sensitive issue right now.”
Watch the full discussion below:
Source: Fox News
The specific topic of discussion had been the recent spate of attacks on Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s facilities and offices. This week a still-loose suspect fired shots at an ICE office in Texas, and last month a now-deceased activist armed with an AR-15 rifle, flares and multiple Molotov cocktails attacked an ICE detention facility in Washington.
“Disgusting. It’s disgusting to see something like that,” Del Cueto said of the attacks. “I think it’s been triggered by way too many individuals that have had a platform to speak against the men and women that are trying to defend our nation’s borders, the law enforcement communities.”
“That is where it comes from. There was a recent article that attacks various reporters from Fox, attacked Fox News, it named me on there as well, saying that we were responsible for some of these attacks that happened in El Paso.”
Over the weekend, The New York Times published a potentially libelous “report” that attempted to draw a link between the right’s candid discussions about illegal immigration and the El Paso shooting by a white supremacist who hated all immigrants, period.
As evidence, the Times pointed to the shooter’s repeated use of the word “invasion.”
The New York Times front page today sticks it to the right-wing media, showing how often they use terms like “invasion” to describe immigration, which were the words echoed by the El Paso killer. https://t.co/3dV96uBhb3 pic.twitter.com/AcqW4bpAB8
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) August 12, 2019
“There is a striking degree of overlap between the words of right-wing media personalities and the language used by the Texas man who confessed to killing 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso this month,” its “report” reads. “In a 2,300-word screed posted on the website 8chan, the killer wrote that he was ‘simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.'”
“It remains unclear what, or who, ultimately shaped the views of the white, 21-year-old gunman, or whether he was aware of the media commentary. But his post contains numerous references to ‘invasion‘ and cultural ‘replacement’ — ideas that, until recently, were relegated to the fringes of the nationalist right.”
How Fox News pushed the white supremacist “great replacement” theory – Fox News figures have repeatedly warned of an immigrant “invasion” https://t.co/waNCrXnUj6
— NetNewsBuzz (@NetNewsBuzz) August 6, 2019
Not included in the Times’ “report” was any mention of the El Paso shooter’s left-wing beliefs.
Continuing the discussion on “America’s Newsroom” Thursday, Del Cueto correctly noted that the Times’ spurious “report” was based on the belief that speaking truthfully about illegal immigration and the damage it incurs to the nation is racist and potentially dangerous.
“And what was [the report] based on?” he said. “That was based on us talking about actual facts. And the facts we spoke about are simple. When you have individuals in large quantities that enter another country by force or illegally, waving the flag of another country, that is an invasion. I stand by those words.”
The notion of an “invasion” fits the bill perfectly according to its definition — Merriam-Webster defines an invasion as “the incoming or spread of something usually hurtful,” while Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “an occasion when a large number of people or things come to a place in an annoying and unwanted way” — and also according to basic logic and common sense.
Nevertheless, Smith interrupted him to cry foul, which raises the question of why FNC is allowing left-wing talking points and propaganda to dictate what can and can’t be said — especially when what’s being said are cold, raw facts. Social media critics opined that it was as if she was trying to censor the truth so as to appease the hall monitors in the mainstream media.
He was absolutely right. He should have told her to stop trying to disguise the truth.
— Jessie M Anglin (@janglin37046) August 15, 2019
— On Wisconsin (@SteveRy30924566) August 15, 2019
Would you belive someone on fox would tell a border patrol to NOT say anyone who comes into our country illigally waving another countries flag is considered a invasion Sandra Smith on the Bill Hemmer show chastised that man and condoned a invasion of illigals waving their flags
— Pattie Wagner (@pwpcgirl) August 16, 2019
Sandra Smith: “obviously we’ve gotta push back on comments like that” in response to the VP of the Ntl Border Patrol Council ACCURATELY DEFINING millions of people illegally entering another country flying their country’s flag “AN INVASION”.
Fox is becoming CNN day by day.
— Jayne Deering (@JayneDeering) August 15, 2019
The recently “woke” Sandra Smith of @FoxNews, fresh off a disingenuous attack on Peter Navarro misrepresentating the meaning of the inverse bind yield curve, gains kudos from Daily Beast commies for attacking Art del Cuevo for calling border mess an “invasion” WASP anchor attacks
— Donald Russo (@donaldrusso994) August 15, 2019
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