Buffalo Hate Radio Rides the Derp Train to Fraudsville

Putative “News Radio” Station promotes debunked story from “Mad World News,” hilarity ensues
Wingnuts • Views: 22,495

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”.

External Image
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:
External Image
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.

Jump to top

Create a Page

This is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.

Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.

Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST

LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!

Recent Pages
Thanos
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War - Big Game Spot
Choose your side with the latest preview for Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War," in theaters May 6! ► Subscribe to Marvel: bit.ly Watch more from Marvel's Captain America: Civil War now: bit.ly Follow Marvel on Twitter: ‪twitter.comLike Marvel on ...

14 hours, 37 minutes ago
Views: 138 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Thanos
DNA Study of First Ancient African Genome Flawed, Researchers Report
True science is often about finding errors, mistakes, and bad data and correcting it. As it turns out, the data produced by the program used to map Mota’s DNA came in a format that had to be tweaked before the ...

15 hours, 13 minutes ago
Views: 294 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 38 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Thanos
The NFL Wants You to Think These Things Are Illegal
The voiceover in the clip says: "This telecast is copyrighted by the NFL for the private use of our audience. Any other use of this telecast or any pictures, descriptions, or accounts of the game without the NFL's consent ...

15 hours, 22 minutes ago
Views: 385 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 92 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Thanos
Future Islands - the Chase
Filmed live at The Music Farm in Charleston, SC on April 14, 2015 by Allen Alcantara on a GoPro Hero4. US Tour Crew:Live Sound: Dan FromeLighting Designer: Phil WeinholtTour Manager: Allen AlcantaraKing of Shirts: Dan GaetaLive drums: Michael Lowry ...

1 day, 16 hours ago
Views: 236 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Thanos
Kimbra - ‘Goldmine’ a Day at Salvation Mountain Ft Nicholas Slick Stewart
My extremely talented friend Slick wanted to film a dance to Goldmine, a song from The Golden Echo that he was particularly inspired by. So on the day of my 25th birthday Kenny took us all to Salvation Mountain ...

2 days, 13 hours ago
Views: 315 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Thanos
Polica - Wedding (Live on the Current)
Polica perform "Wedding" off the album 'United Crushers' live in The Current studio. Listen to the full in-studio session: thecurrent.orgConnect with The Current:thecurrent.orgyoutube.comtwitter.comfacebook.cominstagram.com Become a member:contribute.publicradio.org Current

2 days, 13 hours ago
Views: 320 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Thanos
Tom Winter - Catalyst - Multi-Tracked Acoustic Guitar
An original composition by Tom Winter dedicated to and inspired by the late Michael Hedges. For more of Tom Winter's music, including original music and acoustic video-game arrangements, check out his YouTube channel: youtube.com Follow his Facebook fan page ...

3 days, 12 hours ago
Views: 423 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Thanos
David Bowie - Wild Is the Wind - Live
3 days, 12 hours ago
Views: 489 • Comments: 2 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Thanos
Earth Wind & Fire - After the Love Is Gone
Earth Wind & Fire - Live in Japan

3 days, 12 hours ago
Views: 326 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 9 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Thanos
Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Maurice White Dead at 74 - SFGate
Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said. White, ...

3 days, 12 hours ago
Views: 254 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0