Monday, October 04, 2004

And the hits just keep on comin'

It takes a lot to shock us at “The Counterpoint.” There’s very little that Mark Hyman can come up with that seems outlandish or beyond the pale when compared to his typical outing. So it’s always quite the event when he manages to take his rhetorical bathysphere to new and uncharted ethical lows.

Such is the case with the recent "Point" commentary that bemoans (yet again) the problem of illegal immigration. There’s nothing new here—just more conservative xenophobia from one of the angriest members of the Angry Right. But just when you thought you had heard it all, there’s this:

Why would anyone think we stand a chance of keeping even a single terrorist out of this country when we can't get rid of 400,000 that we have in our custody and the immigration courts the have ordered to be deported, yet are turned free on our streets?

That’s right. Hyman equates the 400,000 illegal immigrants in custody to the people who flew airplanes into the World Trade Center. Or, to put it another way, he equates people whose main crime stems from their desire to be part of the American dream to people whose sole goal is the destruction of that same dream.

To be honest, we thought we hadn’t heard Hyman right. But we went to the transcript at, and we downloaded the video and watched it several times to make absolutely sure some qualifying statement hadn’t been dropped out or missed. Nope. As the screen is filled with an image of Hispanic men and women walking up and down a busy public street, Hyman says that illegal immigrants are terrorists.


And that’s The Counterpoint.


At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ted,

I would have e-mailed the following to you, but I couldn't find your e-mail address on the page.

I thought the following might be of interest:

Best wishes,

David (WWDT?)


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