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RUSH: “Hundreds of volunteers, some of them armed, are expected to take up positions along the Mexican border Friday and begin patrolling for illegal immigrants – an exercise some fear could attract racist crackpots and lead to vigilante violence.” I’ll tell you, here you have a peaceful bunch of people that will just go down there and be observers and look at how they’re being characterized now, as racist crackpots. Some of the volunteers will be armed. “Organizers of the Minuteman Project said the civilian volunteers, many of whom were recruited over the Internet, will meet first for a rally in this one-time silver mining town, then fan out across 23 miles of the San Pedro Valley to watch the border for a month and report sightings of illegal activity to Border Patrol agents. Minuteman field operations director Chris Simcox described the project as ‘the nation’s largest neighborhood watch group’ and said one of the goals is to make the public aware of how porous the border is. Jim Gilchrist, a retired accountant from Aliso Viejo, Calif., who organized the project, said that some volunteers will carry handguns, which is allowed under Arizona law, but are being instructed to avoid confrontation, even if shot at. Critics contend–” And I just love this. This is the formula for journalism. So you have a bunch of guys, people, going to go out there, the Minutemen. They’re going to go out and they’re going to watch. So the first thing the journalists have to do is go find critics that can say the most outrageously negative things about them; gotta go find the critics — and, you know, critics are easy to find. Everybody is a critic.
“Critics contend the project may attract anti-immigrant racists and vigilantes looking to confront illegal immigrants. At least one white supremacist group has mentioned the project on its Web site. ‘They are domestic terrorists that represent a danger to the country and could promote a major border conflict that will have serious ramifications and consequences,’ said Armando Navarro, a University of California-Riverside political science professor and coordinator of the National Alliance for Human Rights, made up mostly of Hispanic activists.” Okay, so we’ve got some biased critics who are treated as mainstream, objective, unbiased critics, who throw out the notion that it might attract anti-immigrant racists — and so the critics’ speculation ends up in the lead of the story. “An exercise some fear could attract racist crackpots.” If you ask me, if some racist crackpots show up, they will be plants. They will be people who will be trying to make themselves look like they’re members of the Minutemen in order to discredit the Minutemen. That’s how these things generally work and, of course, the media will obviously be buffaloed and fooled and scammed into believing that the critics were right all along when in fact it may be the critics that end up corrupting the event.

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