For Immediate Release
Where Is O'Reilly's Anti-Immigration Retraction?
NEW YORK - Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has
repeatedly cited one reason to support Arizona's harsh new
anti-immigrant law: the state's exploding crime rate.
there is no such crime wave in the state. What's more, most research
shows that immigrants tend to commit less crime than the population at
alert, O'Reilly (5/18/10) was still at it,
declaring that "crime in Arizona is up." When
his guest, Cathy Areu of Catalina magazine, pointed out that the
El Paso "is one of the safest cities in the United States"-- proof
that the presence of immigrants does not increase crime--O'Reilly
replied: "That's a bunch of baloney."
regularly ranked as one of the safest cities in the United States (L.A.
Times, 5/13/10). In fact, border towns
with heavy levels of immigration are among the safest cities in the
U.S. (AP, 6/3/10).
claimed that Arizona is "overrun with crime and everything
else and people getting slaughtered on their ranches. I mean, it's
false accusations. Maybe he saw the FAIR petition demanding that he
stop. Or maybe he read the story in another Murdoch-owned news outlet,
the Wall Street Journal (5/25/10), about how the newly released
FBI crime statistics for 2009 show that the violent crime rate "plunged
16.6 percent in Phoenix, despite a perception of rising crime that has
fueled an immigration backlash."
That false perception and backlash have been
perpetrated by media figures like Bill O'Reilly.
of errors? If O'Reilly realized that he was wrong, then he should tell
News demanding that O'Reilly stop his immigrant crime slurs.
we'll demand a response from Fox News Channel.
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