Epic Fail: Migrant Caravan Fearmongering on Fox News
Fox & Friends‘s Steve Doocy received some unexpected answers this morning when he asked a panel of independent voters about the 5,000-strong Central American migrant caravan traveling through Mexico, according to a Salon report.
Despite Doocy’s implying sinister forces were at work behind the caravan, the panelists expressed sympathy for the migrants and chastised both political parties for how they’re handling the situation.
One independent voter panelist said, “This is the mightiest country on the planet, I think we can handle a caravan of people, unarmed, coming to this country,” when asked how he would feel if the migrant caravan reached 20,000 participants.
“I think uneven immigration laws are a problem for any country,” another independent voter told Doocy when asked about immigration laws in the US. “And I think our immigration laws need to be modernized and updated. But this country is founded on immigration. And all of us come from immigrants.”
“There’s a humanitarian crisis taking place in Central America. And yet, this issue gets turned into a complete political football. There’s very little honest discussion about what’s actually happening, it gets turned into talking points,” another independent voter told Doocy.
Even Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade seemed to undermine his own network’s coverage when he said, “I imagine these are good people. Most of them are good people. I’m sure some are up to no good. I’m sure they just want a better life. I get that” in reference to the migrants.
Kilmeade blamed Sen. Dianne Feinstein for supporting lax immigration policies and Doocy questioned where the caravan was receiving their supplies from.
“Where are they getting water? Where are they getting food? Who’s handling the logistics? I mean, I was reading in the LA Times that apparently a number of Mexicans who live in the area lined the highway, handed out clothes and sandwiches and bottles of water, but still: 7,000 people. You know, that’s an army of people. Who is feeding them?” Doocy asked.
The migrants in the caravan include people who were deported from the United States who want to be reunited with their families and men and women who are fleeing poverty in Guatemala, violent crime in Honduras and the political turmoil in Nicaragua, according to the Washington Post.