“Despite recent claims, migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border are not driving the national surge in COVID-19 cases,” the Associated Press (AP) reported this week, also citing unvaccinated Americans and people who “are not following guidance from CDC about the highly contagious delta variant, according to public health experts.” Dr. Ivan Melendez, a Hidalgo County health authority cited in the report, called it “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
In other words, look in the mirror, America. But hey, some of the worst of the worst ran with the CBS This Morning report anyway. I noted on Twitter that the clip was shared by Mark Krikorian, leader of Tanton network hate group Center for Immigration Studies. Krikorian has cried about his organization’s hate group designation by the Southern Poverty Law Center, but those kinds of designations happen when you distribute racist writings thousands of times (in just one example).
Oliver Willis, senior writer for The American Independent, noted the GOP’s official account also eagerly spread the report, apparently posting it to its YouTube page. That leads into a series of tweets by Daily Show senior digital producer Matt Negrin, who noted a CBS News political director’s lengthy record as a Republican aide, including stints with Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Joni Ernst, Richard Burr, Tim Pawlenty, and John McCain.
“This industry is packed with media reporters and yet none of them appears interested in poking around at this obvious effort at the leadership level of @CBSNews to deliberately spread misinformation that grossly parrots Hannity, Ingraham, Tucker, and Brian Kilmeade,” Negrin continued. “Whew,” tweeted Soledad O’Brien. “The ‘growing concern’ is among white supremacists. Elevating racist talking points is a terrible strategy.”
The CBS This Morning report also featured (and then glossed over) another major lie spewed by DeSantis that basically claimed a wide-open southern border. The Biden administration last week announced that it would be keeping in place the Stephen Miller policy that’s been used to deport hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers. While unaccompanied children and some families are being allowed to enter the U.S., many are still being quickly expelled under a policy that’s been more effective than any stupid border wall.
Yet, Republicans continue to make these false claims anyway—and too many mainstream media outlets continue to let them repeat these lies unchallenged. “From Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis to Tucker Carlson and Newt Gingrich, right wingers are desperately trying to avoid accountability for increased infections, hospitalizations and deaths by scapegoating immigrants and refugees encountered at the border,” America’s Voice said.