On the third day of José Díaz-Balart, the latest program to enter the Lean Forward network’s lineup, the former Telemundo host began the July 16 edition with a 9 minute discussion of the immigration crisis. Díaz-Balart, who in a TVNewser blog claimed that his show was “about opening up lines of dialogue, opening up to other communities, opening up to other thoughts across the board,” gave 6 minutes and 43 seconds of air time to liberal immigration advocates.
Of the 9 minutes and 33 seconds of discussion, 15 seconds were given to the opposing point of view by two random protesters in Oracle, Arizona. [See video below. Click here for MP3 audio]
The MSNBC host continued pushing the pro-illegal immigration agenda with a stirring 40-second speech about the trials of illegal immigrants in America. He described how these hard workers live in “constant fear” while “dreaming of the opportunity to flourish” and “to live out the American dream.” According to Díaz-Balart, “easy is not part of their vocabulary or reality.” This, in response to a Twitter question asking “how are so many immigrants able to survive, flourish even, in the US without documentation?”
Another 7 minutes and 9 seconds of his hour-long show were given to Underwater Dreams, the latest left-wing documentary being promoted by MSNBC, which “follows the story of four undocumented teenage Mexican immigrants from Phoenix that entered a nationwide underwater robotics competition.” After playing a clip from the movie, Díaz-Balart interviewed the four teenagers with questions like “tell me what you’re up to, what you’ve been up to, and what your dreams still are.”
Despite the outrageous disparity in time given to both sides of the debate and the fact that Díaz-Balart appeared on both PoliticsNation and All In With Chris Hayes to promote the plight of illegal immigrants, José Díaz-Balart still insists, “I’m not an activist, I’m a journalist.”
See transcript below:
July 16, 2014
10:26 a.m. Eastern
DÍAZ-BALART: And another immigration question: “How are so many immigrants able to survive, flourish even, in the US without documentation?” It's not easy. Families live with a constant fear of a father not returning from work. A mother who could picked up while dropping kids off at school. They survive, millions of them, by picking up peppers in the hot Arizona sun for our salads, or grapes for our wines, or washing dishes in the back of many of our restaurants or helping take care of our children. All the while, dreaming of the opportunity to flourish. To live out their American dream. It's not easy. But easy is not part of their vocabulary or reality.
10:31 a.m. Eastern
DÍAZ-BALART: Here on this heated debate on immigration we're having and the border crisis. A new documentary will premier on MSNBC and Telemundo, in English on MSNBC, in Spanish on Telemundo, this Sunday. As we mentioned earlier it's being called one of the most significant documentaries since Waiting for Superman. Underwater Dreams follows the story of four undocumented teenage Mexican immigrants from Phoenix that entered a nationwide underwater robotics competition. Despite the odds, they were in highschool competing against college kids, they won. Defeating engineering powerhouse MIT.