Buffalo Hate Radio Rides the Derp Train to Fraudsville

Putative “News Radio” Station promotes debunked story from “Mad World News,” hilarity ensues
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It used to be that references to undocumented immigrants as “invaders” was reserved for the outermost fringes of the body politic.

Stormfront. Short wave. Nazi/Racist/Neo-Confederate bulletin boards. Infowars.
Now, because of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, the right-wing freakout over “illegal” “invaders” has become commonplace. Neo-Nazi hate-speech is now mainstreamed.

Add to that the sudden appearance of underemployed, angry white folk, (whose immigrant ancestors came from somewhere), who have nothing better to do all day than to turn parts of the American desert into little clones of Afghanistan - complete with weapons and extralegal checkpoints.

Not to put too fine a point on it all, but what’s going on along the US-Mexican border is unprecedented - youngsters are crossing into the US en masse and rather than running from Border Patrol in order to get further into the US, they are surrendering immediately upon arrival, just like the Cubans do under our unusually generous “dry foot” policy.

(Hint: Just tell the wingnuts that these kids are from Cuba, and maybe they’ll treat them as human beings.)

Unsophisticated, poor families in places like Guatemala and Honduras - awful, violent, and dysfunctional places - are being tricked by human trafficking cartels to pay to send their kids to the US, where, they’re told, the kids will be able to claim asylum and stay forever. Of course, there’s no federal “DREAM” Act, but a 2008 law requires the government to grant any kid from a non-border country an asylum hearing.

These children and their families are being taken advantage of by con artists. They are the tired, the poor - the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Tempest-tost wretched refuse, these children and their families are victims. Yet when they come here, our nativist right wing freaks out, hurling hateful invective not only at these Latino tweens, but at Obama, the liberals, and everyone else who doesn’t slap a Gadsen flag on their bumper and an eagle on their timeline.

It is a humanitarian crisis because these children come with nothing - have nothing - and because ours is a country of laws, we are not empowered simply to shove them back on a bus across the Mexico border. We have due process. We have laws. We have to detain them - humanely - while we process them all. That is how a 1st world country works, and that is what the law requires.

It’s gotten to the point where any school bus filled with brown people is suspect. An Arizona state legislator running for Congress grandstanded and hatefully declared that food and shelter for a bus-full of brown-skinned children isn’t compassionate, but an “abrogation of the rule of law”.

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As it turns out, it wasn’t a bus-full of undocumented migrants, but a bus-full of Arizonan kids on their way to YMCA camp. Seriously.

Kids are dying. The border patrol is a law enforcement agency - not a refugee non-profit. The government is unprepared to deal with something like this because of its massive scale and the unprecedented nature of what’s going on. Washington alternates between grandstanding and dithering.

By treating these kids as “invaders” and an “army”, you dehumanize them as effectively as any World War II-era cartoon of a bespectacled, slanty-eyed Tojo. By focusing on blaming Obama rather than trying to solve a legal and humanitarian crisis, the right wing contributes not only to the further erosion of whatever was left of its Latino support, but exposes itself for the craven practitioner of racialist, nativist politics that it’s become in recent years.

At the local forefront of this racial animus is hate radio - in Buffalo, NY, it’s Entercom’s WBEN, led by right-wing kook operations director Tim Wenger.

Sometime on Tuesday, this appeared at WBEN’s nonsense-strewn Facebook page:
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First of all, it links to “Gateway Pundit”, who is widely regarded by anyone with a brain to be one of the stupidest people in the right-wing blogosphere. Not just wrong - stupid. Here, he links to something called “Mad World News”, which I’ve never heard of, and which certainly doesn’t seem like a completely credible source.

Because it’s not. I won’t link to either one, but if you go to “Mad World News”, it seems that some nosy hausfrau encountered a busload of brown-skinned people getting off a school bus at a Wal-Mart in rural North Carolina. She tried to communicate with them, but these durn Messikinz didn’t speak any English. So, she simply leaped to the conclusion that, because one of them had managed to communicate with her that they were recent arrivals to America, that they must be “illegals”, and not only that, but they were paying for their Wal-Mart goodies with “EBT cards”, or welfare handouts.

Except not a word of it was true, and the tea party says so.

They weren’t “illegals”, but legal guest-worker migrant farmworkers; people who had valid visas to enter the US and perform all the horrible manual farm labor that you consider to be beneath you.

They weren’t paying with welfare cards. Their wages are paid to debit cards, which they used to buy items for themselves at Wal-Mart in rural North Carolina.

They weren’t on a government bus, but were instead being transported by their employer to the Wal-Mart for a shopping trip.

But, you know, brown people on a bus using plastic at a Wal-Mart. Because right wingers instinctively think the worst of everyone and everything, these had to be (what else?) “illegal” “invaders” spending welfare EBT cards thanks to Obama inviting them to the US.

So long as the tea party remains “diligent” when they really mean “vigilant”, we’ll all be a little safer and don’t forget your gun.

Now, despite that this is completely untrue, having been factually debunked by WBEN’s own partisan allies, this radio station continues to perpetrate this fraud on its listenership by refusing to delete or update the post to point out that it’s a lie. Rather than be “accurate” as a putative “news” entity, WBEN sides instead with the people who would “go to war” against these kids.

In the meantime, the administration and Democrats will try to find a humane and legal solution to this problem while the Republicans continue to antagonize Latino voters and Millenials. In the meantime, sane and rational people will call out wildly horrible local hate radio for the embarrassment it is.

Not every problem is one that needs to be solved with hatred and guns.

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