FNC's Fox And Friends Use the Dreaded Word: "Illegal"

<p><img hspace="0" src="media/2006-04-11-FNC-FoxandFriends.jpg" align="right" border="0" />In light of <a href="node/4866">CBS’s</a> and <a href="node/4867">CNN’s</a> obvious pandering to left wing sensibilities on the illegal immigration issue, FNC’s <i>Fox and Friends </i>provided a welcome alternative. The April 11 edition of the show featured a interview with Pete Sepp, a spokesman for the National Taxpayers Union. Co-host E.D. Hill opened the segment this way: </p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p><strong>&quot;If a citizen fails to pay taxes, I mean, we’ve got a tax day coming along, say you don't feel like doing it this year, well what happens when the IRS comes, excuse me, where's that money?</strong> Well, what do you get charged with, what do you have to pay in terms of fines versus what an illegal alien would have to do?&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Consider the contrast: Just yesterday, April 10, Bob Schieffer <a href="node/4852">refused</a> to utter the word &quot;illegal&quot; while covering the story for the <i>CBS Evening News</i>. FNC co-host Brian Kilmeade provocatively asked Mr. Sepp, <b>&quot;How do illegal immigrants get away with it?&quot;</b></p><p>In the segment, airing at 8:23AM EST, Sepp went on to explain that may illegal aliens-oops, undocumented workers- live completely underground and don’t report income. He went on to point out that Americans, if they were caught for doing the same thing, would face much stiffer penalties. <i>Fox and Friends</i>, it should be pointed out, has had pro-immigration officials, John McCain for example, on the show. And today they had a guest who brought up the negative side of illegal immigration. Keep that in mind the next time someone derisively refers to the Fox logo, &quot;Fair and Balanced.&quot; Who’s fair and who isn’t? </p><p />

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org