In a Lou Dobbs Tonight story about "the territory some militant Latino activists refer to as Aztlan," CNN reporter Casey Wian produced a map that details the territory in question. The map, as it turns out, was provided by the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), who the Anti Defamation League has identified as a racist organization with a founding that, "traces its roots directly to the racist, anti-integrationist White Citizens' Councils of the 1950s and 1960s."
According to the ADL, the CCC plays up "traditional Southern culture" in order to inflame racists and xenophobic hysteria in the south. You may remember the CCC from Trent Lott's calendar as he has been a frequent speaker at their events.
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the CCC as, "a hate group with 15,000 members that routinely denigrated blacks as "genetically inferior," complained about "Jewish power brokers," and accused immigrants of turning America into a "slimy brown mass of glop."
The quoting of "some people," be they Militant Latino Activists or mysterious nameless, faceless masses, seems to be a favorite rhetorical device among "journalists" who want to inject some commentary into their reporting. It's on full display in the Outfoxed documentary, but its use in mainstream reporting coupled with sources supplied by organizations who promote ethnic superiority is treading on dangerous ground. Let's not forget that the media has played a significant role in every ethnic cleansing campaign of the 20th and 21st Century, from Germany to Darfur. It may sound like hyperbole, but it doesn't take long for a trickle to become a flood.
By the way, some people say Lou Dobbs is a backroom drug freak with two assholes and breath that could kill a man at 50 yards.
People for the American Way are hosting the clip.
Hat tip to the Great Society.