One of the ways that media pundits on both sides of the issues exercise their power is by shoveling alarmist language to the unblinking, unthinking regurgitators that are the conservative and liberal extremists.
Here is a video analysis of how the conservative pundits Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, and Bill O' Reilly try to whip the right wing into a coked-up frenzy about illegal immigration. They take the firmly held myths on the subject (immigrants steal your jobs, commit lots of crimes, cost lots of tax-payer dollars, and will probably try and rape your daughter) and marry it to sensationalized versions of the truth supported by isolated incidents. Are they trying to distract us from the real problems like the fact that we're sending HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS to a country that only ever sends back dead Americans? Hmmmm. I think, I think probably, yeah. Definitely.
About 3 minutes.
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