The Media’s Willful Blindness



Less than three weeks after shots were fired into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in San Antonio in a “targeted attack,” the Associated Press reported about a woman hurling a Molotov cocktail into the lobby of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices in Oakland Park, Florida.

Law enforcement and government officials do not believe they were coordinated, but they do see the incidents as part of a troubling trend.

“Today’s attempted attack on one of our USCIS facilities using a Molotov cocktail is another example of the use of violence in place of debate by those who oppose the proper application of our immigration laws,” tweeted acting USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli after last Friday’s incident.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Combs likewise saw the last month’s shooting in San Antonio as unquestionably targeted political violence.

“I don’t think there is a question that they knew which floor the ICE office is on. To fire indiscriminately into any building is not an act of a protest but an act of violence,” he said, adding that there was “no question a very targeted attack.”

Although the events were different in location, the means of attack and specific target, there are similarities. The violence was aimed at immigration-related agencies at a time of increasingly inflammatory rhetoric. That no individuals were hurt was sheer luck. Oh, and most media outlets have ignored or turned a blind eye to the individual incidents, as well as the collective pattern.

The latest incident in Florida, which was captured on surveillance video, involved 35-year-old Cellicia Hunt who was detained at the scene and subsequently charged with maliciously attempting to damage or destroy a government building by fire, according to the AP.

But little else is known about her specific motive, political associations, social media activity or any of the other details that frequently emerge after planned or potentially politically-inspired attacks. For instance, there has been no mention of what happened at Hunt’s scheduled Tuesday appearance in a Ft. Lauderdale federal courtroom.

No lawmakers, including the two Democratic members who represent the district in which the attack took place and in which Hunt resided, have commented. And no reporters have sought them out.

Perhaps, they are too busy ignoring the growing number of anti-immigration enforcement assaults that have occurred in the last two months. Perhaps, they are too focused on not reporting on the equally disturbing criminal trends in the sanctuary county that sits in the backyard of the nation’s capital.

Except for some superb reporting by reporters for the local ABC and Fox affiliates, there has been a national media blackout concerning illegal immigrant crime in Montgomery County, Maryland. This week, authorities in the sanctuary county made their seventh arrest of an illegal alien on charges of rape or sexual assault – since July. Several of the assaults were so depraved and violent that details could not be printed.

It is a reporter’s job to, well, report the facts without concern for political implications or blowback. When members of the press pick one side of a policy issue over another, the truth and transparency will always lose.

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Jennifer joined FAIR as Web Content Writer in 2017 and brings to the role extensive communications and media background. She began her career as a policy research analyst on multiple national and state political campaigns before entering journalism. In addition to spending over a decade writing for several broadcast and print news outlets, Jennifer directed communications strategy for a member of Congress and a military nonprofit.

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    The Current Media Doesn’t Print Much Truth Anymore

    It forgot this skill and experience too…we just Poptart skills and experience from college now….we need to employ more inexperienced foreigners now…LOL

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    It is WAY WAY past time these criminals and the illegal aliens MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR BREAKING OUR LAWS!!!!!!! HOW LONG IS THIS INSANITY GOING TO CONTINUE!!! This lunacy needs to STOP and STOP now!!! Round them up and put them in jail … ROUND UP THE ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIMINALS AND REMOVE THEM FROM OUR COUNTRY!!!! The media needs to STOP hiding the truth … the democRAT swamp rats have poisoned the minds of the liberals with all their vicious lies and extreme hate… they ARE destroying this country spreading their terror across our country!!! HEAVEN HELP OUR COUNTRY BEFORE WE HAVE NO COUNTRY AT ALL… WAKE UP PEOPLE… WHY do you continue to protect and harbor illegal aliens while you kick the American people in the teeth constantly….
    NO NON-CITIZEN has the right to enter this country … coming her is a privilege given to them by our country when they LEGALLY apply to come here… HOW long are we going to stand by and allow these liberals to continue to hold the illegal aliens above our laws and above the citizens…
    SAVE AMERICA – VOTE TRUMP 2020

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    Typical media. See no evil. Hear no evil and print no evil unless it is an American citizen. Too bad some of those atrocities do not hit there families then they might report it

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    Our Law Enforcement needs to clamp down on these Criminal actions especially these attacks which endangered people’s lives. In these incidents attacking a Federal Facility they should be charged with a Federal Offense. These protestors obviously weren’t taught Respect especially to the Law. It’s a shame that the Law is stuck with that responsibility so know the punishment in situations like these you get arrested and stand in front of the Judge to deal out there adult punishment to suit there Crime. They need to learn as well as there ANTIFA gang that violence, destruction of property and attacking peaceful Citizens does NOT fall under Our 1st Amendment. They seriously need to educate themselves on how to present themselves as an Adult they claim themselves to be.

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    Then there was the Antifa member who attacked an ICE facility in Washington state in July, trying to explode a propane tank on the outside of the building. If any of these things were done by right wingers there would be no end of coverage. Just ask the average person about the many sexual assaults in Montgomery County Maryland and they have no idea. Because the mainstream media doesn’t cover it.

    Then the press goes on forever about Trump saying that Alabama might be hit by the hurricane, something that was considered quite possible by the early track forecasts. Much ado about nothing. Meanwhile Biden doesn’t know what state he’s in half the time.

    A couple years back Trump made some comments about no-go zones in Sweden. Naturally the press ridiculed the notion, even though that has been the case for a long time. Police refuse to go into the refugee areas except as a pack. Several days ago, even the Swedish king noted the violence, including bombings, while not admitting where it’s coming from. In short, our press is dishonest, because deliberately ignoring things is the same as lying about it. There’s no difference.

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    Sanctuary cities are nothing but dig places for illegals and a criminals that continually break the law and get away with it. Time has come to cease the nonsense and put illegals and criminals where they belongs.