Fox News, The Preferred Anti-Immigrant Network For Anti-Immigrant Sheriff Paul Babeu
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On Tuesday, in the first of three appearances on Fox in two days, Fox News’ Fox & Friends hosted Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu to promote his probable run for Congress. The Pinal County sheriff, a fervent supporter of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, announced Monday that he has formed an exploratory committee for a potential run in Arizona’s newly formed 4th Congressional District. It’s fitting that Fox would be the national news network to promote Babeu’s run, seeing as he is the network’s favorite Arizona sheriff.
Indeed, a new study by Media Matters finds that Fox hosted Babeu at least 30 times within a 14-month span, including 18 times between April 22, 2010, and July 9, 2010. And it wasn’t only Babeu, an anti-immigrant activist with questionable ties who has been spreading fears that the Southern border is “out of control.” Our study found that of the guests chosen to discuss immigration issues, more than 60 percent took anti-immigrant positions or held anti-immigrant views. Anti-immigrant guests outnumbered those with a pro-immigrant point of view by a whopping 3-to-1 margin, according to our data.
Babeu also reiterated his love for Fox, saying, “I am” a “fan” of Fox News.
Fox has given Babeu its own stamp of approval, crowning him “America’s Sheriff.”
If you’ll recall, Babeu is the same sheriff who appeared on a “pro-white” radio station, then tried to disavow the station’s ideology. The radio station later countered that it “made specifically clear” to Babeu “the nature of our paleoconservative radio program.” Babeu has also appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ radio show.
Babeu also spoke and was honored at the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) Hold Their Feet to the Fire gathering earlier this year. FAIR is, of course, the noted anti-immigrant “hate group,” which is part of John Tanton’s controversial network. A few weeks ago, he was invited to speak again by FAIR, this time at its national advisory board meeting. During the talk, Babeu ridiculed the Obama administration’s claim that “the border is more secure than ever,” which, as it happens, is the truth.
There are video clips and plenty of Babeu quotations at the link.