August 24, 2022

NPR Propagandizes for Biden on the Border Crisis

By pushing a deceitfully worded survey, NPR stoops to a new low in its coverage of illegal immigration and the deadly fentanyl plague.

“People don’t understand how deadly fentanyl is,” says Texas Congressman Chip Roy. “A sugar packet, a Sweet'N Low packet of fentanyl, could kill, in its pure form, all of the people in a crowded room — say a hundred people.”

Let that sink in.

Now consider that our Customs and Border Protection agents have already seized about 10,600 pounds of fentanyl this fiscal year. That’s a lot of sugar packets. And consider that the number-one killer of Americans aged 18-45 is, according to data buried within a CDC report, fentanyl overdoses. And finally, consider that the crisis on our southern border — a crisis that includes both human and pharmaceutical components, a crisis that was created by the Biden administration’s unwillingness to enforce our nation’s borders and its immigration laws — is itself being downplayed by the likes of NPR and the rest of the mainstream media.

They’ve got an election to win, after all. Indeed, they want to protect Joe Biden, and they want you to be petrified of monkeypox despite the fact that it’s a behavior-driven disease that affects a specific cohort of superspreaders almost exclusively: promiscuous gay men.

But, no, if you’re worried about what’s happening on our southern border, it’s probably because you’ve been watching too much Fox News. Who ya gonna believe, anyway — Fox News’s Bill Melugin and the unending footage of illegal immigrants pouring and splashing across our border, or the “What, Me Worry?” kids at NPR and elsewhere who think two million illegal immigrants and five tons of fentanyl is much ado about nothing?

As NPR mis-reports:

More than half of Americans say there’s an “invasion” at the southern border, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll, part of a broader decline in support for immigrants overall.

The poll also found that large numbers of Americans hold a variety of misconceptions about immigrants — greatly exaggerating their role in smuggling illegal drugs into the U.S., and how likely they are to use public benefits, for example — as false and misleading claims about immigration gain traction.

Republicans are more likely to hold negative views of immigrants. But the poll found they’re not alone in embracing increasingly extreme rhetoric around immigration.

Notice how NPR conflates “immigration” with illegal immigration. These are two entirely different things. Its propagandists then set up three deceptively worded questions to try to make a point:

  • Immigrants are more likely to commit crimes or be incarcerated than the U.S.-born population;
  • Most of the fentanyl entering the U.S. is smuggled in by unauthorized migrants crossing the border illegally; and
  • Immigrants are more likely to use public assistance benefits than the U.S.-born population.

As National Review’s Jason Richwine points out, the correct answers to the first and second questions are thoroughly debatable, and the answer to the third question is “true.” And yet the network is pushing a poll in which it presents these questions as promoting false claims, and reporting that Fox News–watching Republicans disproportionately believed these “false” claims.

“Even if one feels I am being too generous to the respondents who agreed with some of the allegedly false statements,” says Richwine, “the closed-mindedness of NPR’s presentation is undeniable. The border crisis does impact the rule of law, the supply of illegal drugs, and the public coffers. A responsible news organization would provide a balanced perspective on those impacts, not dismiss them all as Fox News lies.”

True that.

It’s no wonder that Donald Trump made such inroads with blue-collar and brown-skinned Americans during his four years in the White House, and no wonder that the stunning exodus of Hispanics from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party has only picked up steam since Joe Biden took office.

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