Jan 28 2009
the entire program
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, former President George W. Bush offered advice to his party on how to retool itself in the wake of last November’s elections. In order to remain competitive, Bush urged his fellow Republican Party members not to become definitively “anti-immigrant” in favor of being open-minded. The objectives the former President laid out contrast sharply with the rhetoric on many right-wing talk radio shows. Recently Freshman Republican Congressman Joseph Cao, himself a Vietnamese-American, hoped that his party would disassociate itself from repulsive comments made by Michael Savage of “The Savage Nation.” Referring to refugee immigrants, Savage said in 2007, “They come here and they bring their destitute ways to this country, and they never assimilate. And then their children become gang-bangers.” Congressman Cao, in an interview with Think Progress described the quote as “very anti-immigrant” and “borderline racist.” In a previous show, the right-wing talk show host referred to undocumented immigrants as “vermin.” In light of such hate speech in commercial talk radio, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, in partnership with other civil rights and media advocacy groups, is releasing today preliminary findings of a new study on media, hate speech and hate crimes.
GUEST: Alex Nogales, President & CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition
For more information, visit The National Hispanic Media Coalition