H/T RC who sent me this startling You Tube clip of Lou Dobbs and Bill O`Reilly piously sweeping their skirts away from any possibility of stain by patriotic immigration reform movement. It ran January 7. There`s a good discussion by Glenn Spencer of American Patrol here.
VDARE.COM readers know that we never regarded Dobbs as anything other a modestly good thing, partly because of his habit of trying to buy cover by praising legal immigration. (Which didn`t work, of course). O`Reilly has been even less of a factor in the immigration debate in recent years, although I remain grateful for his support on my Teacher Union book. (Dobbs kept scheduling and cancelling and eventually went away. Stuff happens).
But this interview is appalling. Both O`Reilly and Dobbs agree that the current illegal immigration population cannot be deported ("absolutely not", says Dobbs), with no discussion of the attrition option. Dobbs flat-out endorses amnesty and a guest-worker program and seems to be suggesting tripling legal immigration, an idea he`s flirted with before. (It`s hard to tell because O`Reilly, typically, keeps interrupting him). In his introduction, O`Reilly is quite clearly shaping up to do the same ("now we have the border fence"—what border fence?), even speaking favorably of the recently-introduced Guterierrez Reconquista Acceleration Bill.
To me as a long-time print journalist, it`s always amazing how careless with facts these TV talking heads are. Dobbs said there are three million legal immigrants a year (it`s actually about a million). O`Reilly seems not to realize that legal immigrants can sponsor in their relatives. Both confuse legal immigration with citizenship. On legal immigration especially, they just don`t know what they`re talking about. And it doesn`t matter.
Based on this performance, I`d guess that Dobbs does indeed plan to run for office, but has put himself in the hands of conventional, difference-minimizing Karl Rove-type political consultants who have talked him into the usual grovelling. It won`t work as well for Dobbs as a Jesse-Helms style polarizing campaign on immigration, but it`s all they know, or care to know.
The broader point: put not your trust in [Main Stream Media] princes. As I`ve noted before, any deviation from the immigration enthusiast party line is met with such intense pressure from peer groups and publishers that as a practical matter no-one who wants to survive in the MSM can stand it.
Only the alternative media, like VDARE.COM, can carry this issue. There is no other way. That`s why I am so grateful to those of you who helped us in our Christmas fundraising drive.