Brad Wilmouth is a contributing blogger to NewsBusters
Brad Wilmouth is a former Media Research Center news analyst and an alumnus of the University of Virginia.
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On Thursday's New Day show, CNN's John Avlon presented another of his infamous "Reality Check" segments which is more akin to liberal spin than an actual effort to clearly inform viewers about the issues. The CNN analyst argued against a border wall as he cited Politifact to dismiss claims of 2,000 homicides being committed by illegal immigrants in one year being reported by ICE for FY2018.
On Tuesday's Deadline: White House, MSNBC host and former Republican Nicolle Wallace was in denial about the existence of racism within her new home on the left as she ridiculously claimed that "there isn't a strain of racism on the left." Her comments came during a discussion of Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King's flirtations with white nationalists that have drawn condemnation from fellow Republicans.
Between Monday evening and Tuesday morning, several Fox News shows have given attention to the case of three MS-13 gang members who took advantage of immigration law to enter the U.S. as unaccompanied children, and who recently allegedly made a stabbing attack in New York. Also of note, FNC was the only major network that recently informed viewers that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pardoned a number of convicted former criminals, including several murderers, to help them avoid deportation.by the Donald Trump administration.
As Texas Republican Congressman Chip Roy appeared as a guest on CNN's Right Now show, host Brianna Keilar insisted that it is a "fact" that illegal immigrants commit crime at a lower rate than do U.S. citizens as the two debated whether there needs to be a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
On Friday's New Day show on CNN, host John Berman and Alabama Republican Congressman Mo Brooks got into a heated debate over whether President Donald Trump should build a border wall as Brooks called out the liberal news network's "propaganda" in trying to downplay the amount of crime committed by illegal immigrants.
On Wednesday's Tucker Carlson Tonight, veteran Fox News analyst Brit Hume called out journalistic "fact checkers" who assume that liberal opinions on the illegal immigration issue are facts, and therefore that the conservative counter-opinions are claimed by those journalists to be not factual.
Between Monday evening and Wednesday morning, a significant number of journalists and regular commentators across CNN, MSNBC, and even Fox News have cited claims from a handful of flawed studies claiming that illegal immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than do American citizens. But, as previously documented by NewsBusters, the conclusions of these studies are highly questionable while a few studies have suggested a higher crime rate by illegals.
On Tuesday's New Day show, CNN host Alisyn Camerota gave Parkland gun control activists David Hogg and Jaclyn Corin a forum to promote their agenda as she also repeated discredited polling which claims 97 percent of Americans want a "universal background check" law that would be applied to all gun purchases.
On Saturday's Weekends with Alex Witt on MSNBC, NBC contributor Kurt Bardella flipped out when he was faced with something rarely seen on MSNBC -- a right-leaning guest who actually made a conservative argument counter to the network's left-leaning guests, as opposed to the typical MSNBC Republicans who often agree with liberals.
In the aftermath of about 150 migrants attacking Border Patrol agents and trying to break across the border from Mexico late New Year's Eve night, the broadcast networks have barely given attention to the story as ABC ignored it entirely, CBS gave it 24 seconds Wednesday morning only, and NBC gave it a half minute at the beginning of the same day's Today with a brief followup later, while an additional 13 seconds made it onto NBC Nightly News.
On Wednesday's MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle, liberal talk radio host and frequent MSNBC guest Mark Thompson declared that baby Jesus, as an immigrant, would have been separated from his parents and might have died in detention if he had lived under President Donald Trump's rule.
On Wednesday's New Day, during a report about a group of more than 100 illegal immigrants trying to rush the border from Mexico into California that threw rocks at Border Patrol agents, CNN correspondent Leyla Santiago suggested that President Donald Trump was to blame for the violence as she cited complaints by illegal immigration advocates about the administration making it more difficult to have asylum requests accepted.
On the New Year's Day edition of MSNBC Live with Katy Tur, during a discussion of the government shutdown and debate over buildling a border wall, NBC White House correspondent Geoff Bennett suggested that a wall would be a "monument" to "Donald Trump's bigotry" as he quoted a "great piece" by Washington Post columnist and liberal Republican Michael Gerson."
Since Friday morning, CNN has devoted a substantial amount of time to hyping the story of a black man who has charged racial discrimination after he was evicted from a Double Tree hotel in Portland, Oregon, apparently for refusing to prove to a security guard that he was, in fact, a paying guest before the police arrived.
On Friday afternoon's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, CNN contributor Sally Kohn displayed the latest example of liberals conflating legal asylum seekers with those who cross the border illegally as she claimed that Central American caravan members were not really illegal immigrants. She made this claim even though many crossed the U.S. border illegally through the desert while some tried to rush the border and had to be repelled with teargas.
In the aftermath of two migrant children dying in Border Patrol custody after their fathers brought them across the border illegally, several MSNBC reporters and contributors have blamed the Trump administration for their decision to cross the desert rather than wait in line at a legal port of entry to apply for asylum.
On Saturday evening, ABC's World News Tonight was the only evening newscast that informed viewers that more than a half dozen immigrants arrested for trying to help alleged cop killer and illegal alien Gustavo Perez Arriaga evade capture are also themselves illegal aliens. Furthermore, on Thursday's The Ingraham Angle on FNC, Sheriff Adam Christianson of Stanislaus County, California, informed viewers of the travesty that the state's sanctuary law will likely prevent most of them from being handed over to ICE for deportation.
On Friday morning, CNN correspondent Dan Simon surprisingly admitted that U.S. law has sent the message to Central Americans that it is a good idea to bring childen with them to the country because it increases their chances of being able to stay, citing the mother of eight-year-old Felipe Alonzo, who recently died of the flu in Border Patrol custody.
On Friday's The Lead on CNN, fill-in host Dana Bash led a discussion of whether Ginni Thomas -- the wife of conservative U.S Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas -- is expressing too many "far-right" political views on venues like Facebook. Between Bash's introduction and the setup piece by correspondent Jessica Schneider, her views were referred to as "far-right" twice on a network that rarely describes liberals as "far-left."
On Friday's MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin, The Atlantic's Steve Clemons hinted that Trump administration officials are glad that children are dying in Border Control custody, and denied that detainees are treated "humanely" as he also suggested that they are not being fed or given water properly.