Oh yes he did do it. That's right I'm calling out Bill O'Reilly, Michelle Malkin, Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck on not a one of them stepping up and attending or reporting on the coming Hold Their Feet to the Fire immigration rally in DC this week.
Now maybe I missed it, but I haven't heard a single one of them mention the event or sign up to attend it.
went on for days about the two girls killed by a drunk driving illegal alien in Virginia Beach. He made it the centerpiece of his show for a week even hunting down the Virginia Beach mayor and having a reporter demand answers from her in her driveway. Good for Bill I say, but where is your action? Was all of that theatre or do you truly want illegal immigration to end? Why aren't you attending the event and giving it some of the media attention your presence would bring?
who made her career out of covering illegal immigration, even writing a book on it and one that was partially based on it regarding the Japanese internment. Michelle Malkin also runs a prominent blog that ranks in the top of the blogs on the Internet and she is associated with Hot Air
another blog that is highly ranked. Where is the mention of the event on your website? Why aren't you attending the event and giving it some of the media attention your presence would bring?
has really made immigration a central part of his show and I applaud him for it as it has brought more attention to the issue. His ratings have gone way up because of this as the majority of Americans care about this issue and tune in to see the latest news. Where is the mention of Hold Their Feet to the Fire? Why aren't you attending the event and giving it some of the media attention your presence would bring?
, another who used to regularly cover illegal immigration, but not as much any more. I initially started watching him because his very first show started out with illegal immigration as its very first topic. He seems passionate about the issue. But again I ask where is the mention on your show? Why aren't you attending the event and giving it some of the media attention your presence would bring?
I've singled out these four in particular because they all show a passion for the issue, but passion just isn't enough. Pointing out problems and sitting around crying about them isn't going to do anything. Action is required and as Americans I would expect all four of them to come to the largest event ever held in Washington DC regarding stopping amnesty and ending illegal immigration in this country. I say again you are Americans first and people who do commentary second.
Not a single media personality from television who covers immigration is attending this event.
So, what am I doing attacking these four people who have done so much to bring attention to the issue? Don't I risk alienating myself by calling them to the carpet on the issue of their lack of attendance? Do I risk burning bridges by mentioning their lack of action? I don't think so.
All four of them have made their living in part by doing commentary on and reporting on illegal immigration and unless their bite is where their bark is I just find it a little disingenuous. These four people have the means and finances to go where they want to. There are those like myself who have to ask for donations in order to leave my two kids and wife, drive seven hours both ways and stay in a cheap hotel in order to go and stand up for America's future. What's their excuse?
So dare I say it, but shame on the four of you for not giving it some coverage and coming to the event and showing that you believe in what you say.
As for the rest of you who can't attend. There's no shame on you. Most of you have jobs that require you to be there or financial situations that prevent you from attending. These four have really no excuse though (unless of course there's a sickness or death in the family, but I haven't heard anything of the sort). And I apologize in advance if for some reason I missed your coverage, but I don't believe I have.
You know Ruthiness, I really contemplated writing such a piece. Having somewhat of a business background I have learned about burning bridges, but how could I not point this out?
In the end what bridges will I burn? I've been blogging for 4 years or so and been on the web much longer (since about 1994) and not a single one, other than Malkin adding me to her blogroll and linking to one of my stories early on in her blogging career, has mentioned me.
I cover this issue daily and with 4,000-6,000 unique visitors coming to read my coverage on any given day (and millions over the years) I find it hard to believe that it is simply because I'm not link worthy or have nothing of interest to them. I think it is more that I offer them nothing in terms of ratings or advancing their careers.
So, I really have nothing to lose over calling them out on their lack of actual action when people like us are digging into our savings and begging to be given the chance to go and stand up for our country.
It needed to be said, so I said it.
Posted by: Digger on April 21, 2007 01:22 AM