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Last Sunday afternoon in Queens, NY a man was shot dead on a subway platform. A fight between three men and the victim had started on a Manhattan-bound train. As reported by NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea:

“At some point, this confrontation turns physical, and as the train approached the 90th Street Station, the dispute spills onto the platform. There (on the platform) is what you see in the widely circulated viral video. A gun appears, and we have an individual shot. We believe approximately five or six shots are fired during this incident, striking the victim multiple times in the face.”

On Friday morning Fox and Friends aired the graphic video. The shooter turned out to be an MS-13 member, 26-year-old Ramiro Gutierrez — illegally in the US. And, in what for Fox was serendipity, the shooting took place in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s district — shortly after AOC had demanded that all funding be denied to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — the law enforcement group charged with tracking down undocumented aliens.

Trump’s favorite Foxers presented this as evidence that liberals were — and here you can pick whichever you like — indifferent to national security; friends of foreigners, enemies to Americans; dedicated to the destruction of America; or whatever other unAmericanism you wish to tar them with. 

Steve Doocy repeatedly singled out AOC for his scorn — incredulous that someone would question whether a federal agency was out of control.

Fox and its friends add a bitter layer of hypocrisy to this piece by omitting the damning fact that ICE was involved in the arrest of Gutierrez for attempted murder and conspiracy in December 2018. And they let him go.

How do we know this? ICE itself published a bulletin announcing: 

Twelve alleged members of the La Mara Salvatrucha, MS-13, street gang were indicted by a Queens County grand jury Tuesday [12/11/2018] on various charges including attempted murder and conspiracy, in addition to drug and weapons charges.  

And who were the “twelve alleged members” of MS-13? The announcement goes on to say;

The 12 defendants – who range in age from 20 to 35 – are alleged to have conspired to kill two people – a rival member of the Latin Kings and a former member of MS-13. Defendants, Josue “Colocho” Levia, 21, Angel “Chamuco” Romero, 20, and Ramiro “Caramalo” Gutierrez, 26, are charged in the third indictment with plotting a home invasion in Kew Garden Hill neighborhood of Queens. (The bolding is mine)

Neither Ocasio-Cortez nor any other liberal let Gutierrez back on the street. The very agency charged with national-security failed to keep Americans safe. And yet Fox would have us believe that it was someone else’s fault. It is time to disband ICE

Doocy also trotted out the tried and true ‘santuary cities’ argument — in which conservatives accuse liberals of being unAmerican; damn national security; we love illegal, gang banger apologists. It’s true many localities do not question the immigration status of defendants, nor do they hold them the extra 48 hours requested by ICE to give the agency time to act. (Which, by the way, they do because it makes their cities safer.)

Regardless, that is completely irrelevant here. ICE not only knew Gutierrez’s whereabouts they announced they knew.

Doocy and his mates in mendacity could have investigated why ICE had not detained an ‘illegal alien’ who had 12 prior arrests. That would have been informative. But instead, they stuck to their formula of trashing liberals — especial one of the Democrat’s rising stars.

It is typical of Fox addiction to the despicable manipulation of the truth. The organization has become used to its uncritical watchers. It will give them the red meat and violent videos that confirm the message —  hammered home hour after hour, story after story — that they should be scared into infancy by the duplicity of America-hating lefties.

But the tide is turning 

Fox’s run of rating success has been underpinned by a bedrock devotion to promoting right-wing memes while pouring derision on liberal positions. But that record of achievement is showing cracks. Just how long can the band tour, playing nothing but its greatest hits, when its fans are dying off, and the next generation wants something new? 

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Steve King’s Racism: A Timeline – With Comments.

January 18, 2019

Trip Gabriel of the New York Times put together a timeline of Rep. Steve King’s bigotry. I have reproduced it here with added comments. 2002 Mr. King, in the Iowa State Senate, files a bill requiring schools teach that the United States “is the unchallenged greatest nation in the world and that it has derived its strength from … […]

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A Little Girl Shows Conservatives Just Don’t Give a Damn.

December 16, 2018

A seven-year-old girl sets out with her father on a journey of 2,000 miles to seek asylum in the US. Conditions in her Guatemalan village were so dire that this dirty, exhausting trek across an inhospitable terrain seemed a better option than staying amidst fear and squalor. On arrival in the US, she is detained by border agents. Then, after eight hours […]

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Republican Hypocrisy on Mollie Tibbetts’ Killer.

August 22, 2018

Left-wing conspiracy theorists will view the announcement that Mollie Tibbetts’ killer was an ‘illegal alien’ with deep suspicion. Coming on the day when two of Trump’s lieutenants left court as convicted felons it gave the right-wing media a useful distraction — a headline story that shoved the conniving Manafort and Cohen below the fold. Predictably it was what […]

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Ivanka Trump Talks About Families Torn Apart And Makes It All About Her.

August 6, 2018

Ivanka Trump — the would-be conscience of the Trump family — is appalled at the treatment of immigrant families. In an Axios forum she said the following: “That was a low point for me as well. I feel very strongly about that, and I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children.” […]

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Trump Goes to California and Trashes the State and its Governor.

March 19, 2018

Trump went to California today and insulted the Governor. Not to his face mind you, he’s too chicken for that. He’s the sort of spineless man that fires his Secretary of State by tweet. And being Trump his language was exuberant — but the truth was left in the limo, its throat slit. His assessment of […]

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Even if Trump Won There Would Be No Wall.

October 24, 2016

White nationalists salivate over the prospect of a Trump win. They believe that he will deal with the ‘problem’ of immigration. He will rid the country of raping Mexicans and peace will descend across white America. I don’t know what happens to non-white American citizens in this fantasy. Not that it matters – the wall is a […]

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Mr. Trump Proposes His Dream Wall.

April 6, 2016

“The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.” ― H.L. Mencken On the first day of his campaign, Donald Trump – self-described non-politician – promised to build a border wall and get Mexico to pay for it. It has become a mantra. His fans […]

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Really? – 8.18.15 Deportation follies; the EPA pollutes a river; Trump unintentionally encourages more immigration.

August 18, 2015

The GOP’s deportation fantasy. On immigration, the Republicans play a duplicitous game. On the one hand, extravagant promises of mass deportations and shiny new border walls – now paid for by Mexico – rile the base straight to the ballot box. On the other hand, business conservatives – from the US Chamber of Commerce on […]

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