It is too late (I think) for Marco Rubio’s political career, but if any particular group is tagged with doing him in, it is those Senators (Schumer, McCain, Graham) he joined in his foolish ‘Gang of Eight’ venture and the leadership at Fox News!
We have told you before about the role Fox News (Rupert Murdoch owner of Fox and the Wall Street Journal) is playing on immigration (AMNESTY) and now their attempted manipulation of conservative viewers and listeners on the subject is out in the open for the whole world to see—at of all places The New York Times.
The NYT reports that Fox viewership is down as viewers feel the vibes that Fox is in the tank for Rubio.
Get a load of this story yesterday by reporter Jason Horowitz:
A few weeks after Senator Marco Rubio joined a bipartisan push for an immigration overhaul in 2013, he arrived alongside Senator Chuck Schumer at the executive dining room of News Corporation’s Manhattan headquarters for dinner.
Their mission was to persuade Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the media empire, and Roger Ailes, the chairman and chief executive of its Fox News division, to keep the network’s on-air personalities from savaging the legislation and give it a fighting chance at survival.
Mr. Murdoch, an advocate of immigration reform, and Mr. Ailes, his top lieutenant and the most powerful man in conservative television, agreed at the Jan. 17, 2013, meeting to give the senators some breathing room.
But the media executives, highly attuned to the intensifying anger in the Republican grass roots, warned that the senators also needed to make their case to Rush Limbaugh, the king of conservative talk radio, who held enormous sway with the party’s largely anti-immigrant base.
Continue reading this bombshell story to see what happened next and how they attempted to manipulate conservative talk radio too.
By the way, the ‘Gang of Eight’ was not just about amnesty and the border. It would have expanded the role of the nine major refugee resettlement contractors (more $$$ would have gone to them) and they were all eager and out front lobbying for it. See all ‘Gang of Eight’ posts at RRW by clicking here. Some were tagged ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform’ here.
Thank goodness ordinary Americans spotted the duplicity and helped kill this monster!
p.s. I was invited on Fox News one time to talk about one of Obama’s unilateral moves on refugees and at the end of the interview I went off script (producers had grilled me the day before to see what I would say to various questions that were never asked). I said in the closing seconds of the interview:
“….immigration is our existential threat in this country, both the numbers and who we are bringing in.”
I believe that line ended my ‘career’ at Fox! I didn’t make a distinction between ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’ immigration and I think they weren’t thrilled.