Latino groups Wednesday blamed a surge in hate crimes against Hispanics on harmful stereotypes portrayed on TV and in conservative media and are asking the administration to probe Fox News and talk radio, two media cited by the groups as the worst perpetrators.
“We want the government to investigate this,” said Alex Nogales, president of the National Hispanic Media Coalition. “Unless we start this dialogue, these assaults will go on,” he said, citing a surge in hate crimes against Hispanics.
Also charging Fox News and talk radio with portraying Hispanics poorly, Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., said the administration should provide “protection from the stimuli that is being promoted out there that is causing the correlation between violence, stereotyping and the increasing racism in this country against Latinos.” [Huh? --ST]
News industry insiders, however, noted that Fox has a sister division, Fox Latino, which was recently lauded by NPR. Fox also has several Hispanic hosts. Fox had no comment.
Nogales said his group has been measuring media bias against Latinos since 2008 and now he feels it’s time for the government to step in. To back up his claim and provide the Federal Communications Commission with ammo to use against news outlets, Nogales commissioned polling from Latino Decisions to test American views of Hispanics.
Think the “National Hispanic Media Coalition” compiles this so-called “information” on alleged “anti-Hispanic bias” simply because they want to inform the public of what they believe is happening? Nope. They do it because they want to take people with whom they disagree off the air using the government as an instrument of censorship. See here if you have any doubts about that.
Regardless of whether or not NHMC’s “polling” is remotely accurate, remember this: There are types of speech I don’t like. There are types of speech with which I disagree. Sometimes strongly on both counts. But the best way to counter those types of speech we don’t like or disagree with, and/or find highly offensive is with more speech, and – if necessary – utilize the power of the consumer by either turning the channel or station, or taking your business elsewhere. It’s just that simple.
And yes, I’m ok with having the FCC in place, too – but as soon as it starts kicking radio or TV shows off the air because of the so-called “bias” (especially alleged political bias) of the people on the shows, then I’ll push back hard. And so should you.