Myth: News Stories About Immigration Are Balanced
News stories about immigration are anything but balanced. News stories are twice as likely to focus on the costs of immigration, rather than the beneﬁts, and are more likely to quote anti-immigrant individuals than pro-immigrant individuals.
In fact, some news outlets, such as CNN, don’t even let facts get in the way of an anti-immigrant story. For years, CNN let Lou Dobbs spout inaccurate “facts” about immigrants despite being repeatedly contacted with the correct facts.
Another example is a recent story on Fox News, which quotes three individuals from the anti-immigrant side of the debate and only one from the pro-immigrant side of the debate. The pro-immigrant quote is the very last paragraph in the story.